Murder at Whitehall

Murder at Whitehall

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Penguin Putnam
The acclaimed author of Murder in the Queen’s Garden returns to Tudor England with amateur sleuth Kate Haywood embroiled in court intrigue and a devastating scandal.
 
1559. The Twelve Days of Christmas at Whitehall Palace will be celebrated as a grand affair. But there are those who wish to usher in the New Year by ending Queen Elizabeth’s reign....
 
Despite evenings of banquets and dancing, the European delegates attending Her Majesty’s holiday festivities are less interested in peace on earth than they are in fostering mistrust. Kate, the queen’s personal musician, hopes she can keep the royal guests entertained.
 
But then Queen Elizabeth receives a most unwanted gift—an anonymous letter that threatens to reveal untoward advances from her beloved Queen Catherine’s last husband, Thomas Seymour. Tasked with finding the extortionist, Kate has barely begun investigating when one of Spain’s visiting lords is found murdered. With two mysteries to unravel and an unsettling number of suspects to consider, Kate finds herself caught between an unscrupulous blackmailer and a cold-blooded killer....

Baker & Taylor
When someone blackmails the queen and commits murder during the Christmas festivities at Whitehall Palace, Kate, Queen Elizabeth I's personal musician, must keep the royal guests entertained while trying to solve two mysteries and catch a killer who is playing out of tune. By the author of Murder in the Queen's Garden. Original.

Publisher: New York : Penguin Group, c2015
ISBN: 9780451475695
Branch Call Number: PB MYSTERY CAR
Characteristics: 298 p. ;,18 cm.

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cmlibrary_ecrites Jul 21, 2016

I didn't enjoy this installment in the series nearly as much as the previous 2. For a book with 'murder' in the title it takes a really long time for the titular murder to happen. This book felt as though it was just treading water with too much uninteresting filler. I had the main plot points figured out way ahead of time and just had to wait and wait for Kate to catch up. I kept at it because I do really like the characters and wanted to see how they reacted to the revelations I knew were coming but it was a bit of a slog at times. I will be reading the next one and I hope that it is an improvement.

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