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Her Highness First Murder [NOOK Book]

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Set in 1546, Herring's captivating debut depicts the future Elizabeth I as a keen and shrewd detective. A killer is stalking London, beheading young women and dressing their bodies in nuns' clothes. When one of the princess's own ladies becomes a victim, the 12-year-old Elizabeth, daughter of the now failing Henry VIII, joins with her friends Simon Maldon, a physician's son, and Hugh Bellows, the captain of the king's Welsh Guard, in the hunt for the ...
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Overview

From Publishers Weekly
Set in 1546, Herring's captivating debut depicts the future Elizabeth I as a keen and shrewd detective. A killer is stalking London, beheading young women and dressing their bodies in nuns' clothes. When one of the princess's own ladies becomes a victim, the 12-year-old Elizabeth, daughter of the now failing Henry VIII, joins with her friends Simon Maldon, a physician's son, and Hugh Bellows, the captain of the king's Welsh Guard, in the hunt for the murderer, though they're careful to keep Elizabeth's involvement a secret from her father. Filled with colorful and believable characters from all classes of society, the story moves swiftly to its dramatic conclusion. Fans of historical mysteries will look forward eagerly to the next in the series. (Jan.)
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Herring introduces a promising new mystery series featuring an engaging-if unlikely-trio of detectives. When two headless corpses turn up on the streets of London dressed in the outlawed garb of Roman Catholic nuns, it initially doesn't cause much of a stir; after all, both of the unfortunate victims were prostitutes. However, when a nobleman's daughter and then a member of young Princess Elizabeth's royal household are murdered in the same fashion, the crime hits a little too close to home for an aging and debilitated Henry VIII. Fearing that it might be a twisted message aimed directly at him, the king commissions Welsh Guardsman Hugh Bellows to investigate the murders. Taking a keen interest in the case are teenage sleuths Simon Maldon, the crippled son of a former court physician, and young Princess Elizabeth herself. Tension abounds as the three join forces to catch the culprit in this clever historical caper. Despite the glut of Elizabethan-era novels currently on the market, Herring's fresh angle will undoubtedly captivate fans of the genre. --Margaret Flanagan
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781432826567
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 1/20/2010
  • Sold by: CENGAGE LEARNING
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 2 MB

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  • Posted December 8, 2009

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    The Key to this delightful royal historical amateur sleuth is readers will believe the tweener princess and her allies are credible

    In 1546, Londoners are frightened as a serial killer beheads young women and dresses them in nun's garb with rosary. The victims were all loose so no one in power cared. However, the murders come to the castle when a member of twelve years old Princess Elizabeth's retinue is killed.

    She and two friends, physician's son Simon Maldon and Captain of the king's Welsh Guard Hugh Bellows, begin to investigate while trying to conceal the princess' role from her father, her ailing brother and her older sister. Their inquiry works as witnesses describe a tall man wearing a decorated cloak at several crime scenes. Still they have too many suspects while struggling with a lack of motive.

    The Key to this delightful royal historical amateur sleuth is readers will believe the tweener princess and her allies are credible as detectives as they investigate across sections of all social classes residing in London. Although Elizabeth has been an investigator in other series (Karen Harper comes to mind), fans will enjoy her as a mid sixteenth century Nancy Drew.

    Harriet Klausner

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