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Murder by Misrule: A Francis Bacon Mystery (The Francis Bacon Mystery Series) (Volume 1) Paperback – October 5, 2015
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A Kirkus Indie Book of the Month for July
"Castle's characters brim with zest and real feeling... Though the plot keeps the pages turning, the characters, major and minor, and the well-wrought historical details will make readers want to linger in the 16th century. A laugh-out loud mystery that will delight fans of the genre."
-- Kirkus, starred review
"Murder by Misrule is a delightful debut with characters that leap off the page, especially the brilliant if unwilling detective Francis Bacon and his street smart man Tom Clarady. Elizabeth Tudor rules, but Anna Castle triumphs."
-- Karen Harper, NY Times best-selling author of The Queen's Governess
"Well-researched... Murder by Misrule is also enormously entertaining; a mystery shot through with a series of misadventures, misunderstandings, and mendacity worthy of a Shakespearian comedy."
-- M. Louisa Locke, author of the Victorian San Francisco Mystery Series
"Castle's period research is thorough but unobtrusive, and her delight in the clashing personalities of her crime-fighting duo is palpable: this is the winning fictional odd couple of the year, with Bacon's near-omniscience being effectively grounded by Clarady's street smarts. The book builds effectively to its climax, and a last-minute revelation that is particularly well-handled, but readers will most appreciate the wry humor. An extremely promising debut."
--- Steve Donoghue, Historical Novel Society
"Historical mystery readers take note: Murder by Misrule is a wonderful example of Elizabethan times brought to life...a blend of Sherlock Holmes and history."
--- D. Donovan, eBook Reviewer, Midwest Book Review
From the Author
Brilliant Francis Bacon solves crimes in ElizabethanLondon with his ambitious assistant, Thomas Clarady, in this series of award-winninghistorical mysteries.
1. Murder by Misrule. One of KirkusReview's Best Indie Books of 2014.
2. Death by Disputation. First In Category, 2015 Chaucer Awards Elizabethan/Tudor period
3. The Widows Guild. Longlisted for the2017 Historical Novel Society Awards.
4. Publish and Perish.Honorable Mention, Mysteries, Library Journal's 2017 Indie Ebook Awards. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I can't wait to read more of Ms. Castle's books!