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Keeper of the King's Secrets Paperback – April 3, 2012
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Written in a straight forward hand, Keeper offers a compelling, page-turning mystery packed with unexpected twists and turns, solid prose, always-fascinating court intrigue, and a unique story that feels like a classic mystery wrapped in a Tudor setting. Thrown in a dash of sweet, but honest romance and sprinkle an intelligent, independent female protagonist on top and you can't go wrong. I particularly liked how Keeper worked so hard to stand on its own from Treacherous Court, as well as from every other Tudor period novel out there. This series focuses on lesser known figures from history who experienced the intrigues of the Tudor court, but somewhat at a distance, as well as a little-explored tale steeped in myth and legend.
Fans of the first book will welcome the sequel as a natural progression for the story and characters, while fans of Tudor-period novels and mysteries will also have plenty to be excited out. I would caution readers who are looking for period romance -while there is an obvious love between Susanna and John, don't expect any passionate romance scenes or lusty encounters. Author Michelle Diener prefers to keep her focus on the action, mystery and spirited nature of her heroine than on romance -this is really my kind of thing, but may not be appealing to other readers of Tudor-era novels.
In this book Susanna and Parker is resting after their ordeal in book 1. They are in love and hope to marry. Susanna still paints and Parker is snooping around keeping the king safe as always. I like how Susanna does not back down, she stands her ground, she is still very much a woman of her time, but just as some dared to do more so does she. And Parked does his best to keep his lady from harm as she made a few enemies (and so did he). So him I like.
The Duke of Norfolk is still a baddie but more in the background because this book belongs to Woolsey. A good fitting bad guy who is plotting for his own agenda. Just like they all are. And behind things we see more plots, The French, Norfolk, those irritating Boleyns. They will sure become a problem in later books as in this one Henry is still married to Katherine. And Susanna has already had her run-ins with them.
The suspense is high as an assassin is running around, as people try to hide what they are doing and there is danger and action plenty. The plot is well done and keeps the suspense high, along with the mystery.
I do think I liked this one even more than book 1, I can't say what made it so, it just was.Read more ›
The personal artist to King Henry Tudor, Susanna Horenbout is sought by the queen and ladies of the court for her delicate, skilled portraits. But now someone from her past is pulling her into a duplicitous game where the consequence of failure is war. Soon, Susanna and her betrothed, the King's most dangerous courtier, are unraveling a plot that would shatter Europe. And at the heart of it is a magnificent missing diamond. . . .
With John Parker at her side, Susanna searches for the diamond and those responsible for its theft, their every step dogged by a lethal assassin. Finding the truth means plunging into the heart of the court's most bitter infighting, surviving the harrowing labyrinth of Fleet Prison--and then coming face-to-face with the most dangerous enemy of all."
I have always enjoyed reading historical fiction. I also love reading thrillers. This is why I am so very astounded and in awe that the magnificent writer Michelle Diener was able to seamlessly weave the two genres perfectly and produce a truly stunning read!
As the synopsis above states, the novel takes place during the times of Henry VIII,when he was married to Katherine of Aragon. Historical fact and fiction are so finely intertwined that the reader is truly thrust into that dangerous and exciting period of time. The level of detail reveals Ms. Diener to be quite knowlegable and the characterizations, plot and dialogue showcase the skills of a top tier writer. I especially appreciate the Epilogueat the end of book in which the author points out which aspects of the novel were historical fact...many were!
The plot fully engages the reader.Read more ›
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As a huge fan of the Tudors and historical fiction in general, Michelle Diener's Keeper of the King's Secrets is a lovely gem. Could not put it down when I got my hands on it. Read morePublished 9 months ago by K. Russo
I think books one and two in this series were really excellent. Michelle Diner took two relatively unknown, but real, persons from the court of Henry VIII and created this whole... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
I loaned this one out to all my friends. Best authorPublished 17 months ago by Marlene A. Mcclintock
This picks up with almost no skipping of a beat, from the first book in the series. All three are well written and quite believable mysteries, using information available at the... Read morePublished on April 4, 2014 by Elaine M. Silverstrim
When an author strikes that delicious balance of action, passion and beautiful writing, I can't get enough. Michelle Diener hits on all cylinders. This series is very exciting. Read morePublished on January 31, 2014 by meditation on love
This book just failed to grab and keep my attention, which is something that rarely happens to me.
I never finished reading it after muddling through a few chapters I just... Read more
This story drew me and once I started I couldn't stop reading it. The action in the story is just right and mixes perfectly with the romance and everything else. Read morePublished on October 30, 2013 by Amazon Customer
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