From Publishers Weekly
Tudor England's answer to V. I. Warshawski, Elizabeth I, must as usual take on a murder case or two in Harper's fifth well-researched, intrigue-filled historical (after 2002's The Queene's Cure). The royal sleuth is surprised by a deadly assault in the Hampton Court maze one night after making an appointment to meet old flame Robin Dudley. Did the attacker mean to kill her, or was she mistaken for someone else? Disturbing clues suggest that someone near to the queen wants her dead. A confrontation in a highly unusual maze makes for a thrilling conclusion. Harper's portrait of the Virgin Queen as sleuth is illuminating, but readers familiar with Elizabethan history will spot the villain much too soon.
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Harper reaches back into Elizabethan history to construct another intriguing whodunit involving the court of Queen Elizabeth I. After a clumsy attempt on her life, the queen summons her most trusted advisors and servants to help her investigate the crime. Led by her chief counselor, William Cecil, and her resourceful herbalist, Meg Milligrew, this loyal band of amateur detectives scurries to protect the queen and expose a cold-blooded killer after two bodies are discovered in thickets of the royal maze at Hampton Court. Sensing a whiff of treason in the air, the queen must determine which member of the royal household may have a connection to her cousin and bitter rival, Mary, Queen of Scots. Another brilliantly plotted and authentically detailed entry in a series celebrated for its vigorous characterization of the Virgin Queen. Margaret FlanaganCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved