A Murder for Her Majesty

A Murder for Her Majesty

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by Beth Hilgartner
     
 

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Horrified at having witnessed her father's murder and fearing that the killers are agents of Queen Elizabeth I, eleven-year-old Alice Tuckfield hides in the Yorkshire cathedral by disguising herself as one of the choirboys. "The suspense in Hilgartner's gripping mystery is balanced by the fascinating details of daily life at the York Minster during the Elizabethan era

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Horrified at having witnessed her father's murder and fearing that the killers are agents of Queen Elizabeth I, eleven-year-old Alice Tuckfield hides in the Yorkshire cathedral by disguising herself as one of the choirboys. "The suspense in Hilgartner's gripping mystery is balanced by the fascinating details of daily life at the York Minster during the Elizabethan era." -- School Library Journal, starred review

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School Library Journal
Gr 5-9 Having witnessed the murder of her father, Alice Tuckfield flees to York in search of a family friend. There she is befriended by some members of the York Minster Boys' Choir, who disguise her as a boy and sneak her into the choir. Alice's new identity becomes more than a joke when she discovers that her father's murderers are searching for her and that one of the priests at the cathedral was also involved in the murder plot. The suspense in Hilgartner's gripping mystery is balanced by the fascinating details of daily life at the York Minster during the Elizabethan era. The characterizations, especially of Alice, who must keep many secrets to protect her life; and the priests, a rather diverse group, are carefully realized. Elizabethan York, especially as Hilgartner describes it during the Christmas season, is an appealing setting. Her descriptions, while accurate, never dominate the story. This page-turner will attract readers; it may even entice some to go on to read other historical novels. David Gale, ``School Library Journal''
From the Publisher

"The suspense in Hilgartner's gripping mystery is balanced by the fascinating details of daily life at the York Minster during the Elizabethan era." School Library Journal, Starred

“Hilgartner tells a colorful, engrossing tale of villainy.” —Publishers Weekly Publishers Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780395414514
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
10/01/1986
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.83(w) x 8.56(h) x 0.97(d)
Age Range:
10 Years

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From the Publisher
"The suspense in Hilgartner's gripping mystery is balanced by the fascinating details of daily life at the York Minster during the Elizabethan era." School Library Journal, Starred

“Hilgartner tells a colorful, engrossing tale of villainy.”—Publishers Weekly Publishers Weekly

Meet the Author


Beth Hilgartner was born in Baltimore and is now a deacon of the Episcopal Church in Barre, Vermont. A MURDER FOR HER MAJESTY was inspired by her experiences singing in a church choir and her interest in the early Elizabethan period. Her husband, Ernest Drown, is a church organist who in no way resembles the grouchy Master Kenton.

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A Murder for Her Majesty 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that A Murder for Her Majest was a great book I think that more people( kids adults) should read this book
tany708 More than 1 year ago
I first read this book when I was 9 years old in 1996 for a school book report. Since then I read it once again at the public library in 1997 and had not found it again until now. I love to read, and have read may books of all sorts but not found one I like as much as this book. This is a great book and recommend it highly to everyone.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i read this book when i was in 5th grade and now its 5 years later. From what i remember it was a really good book. I just could not remember the name except with the her majesty part. But i had a friend help me look for the right name so i can look it up and read it again. i loved it and is worth rereading since i still want to read it now. lol. its really good and i think ima buy it
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was one of the first books I read when I moved away from the only home I had ever known. I found such great adventure and intrigue with this book that it made the transition a little better. A Murder for Her Majesty is a great story about acceptance and dealing with the hand you are dealt. Friendship plays a big part also as well as hope. Begin reading and you better have the time to finish because you will regret not having read it in one sitting.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A truly British mystery, when having witnessed her father's horrific death, young Alice Tuckfield is then disguised in the Yorkminister boy's choir to hide from the evil Father Cooper, one of her father's murderers. Despite having made friends with the church organist and many of the choirboys,Father Cooper kidnaps her, and plans to ' put her away.' But then her loyal friends, Master Kenton, ( the organist) Orlando, Geoffrey, Nate, and Randall come to the rescue, saving her from her evil kidnappers and ending the mystery in a most satisfactory way. I loved this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Murder for Her Majesty is about a little girl named Alice Tuckfield that has seen her poor fathers death, in a murder. Alice then runs off to London to find one of her fathers friends to take care of her. On her way she runs into a choirboy that helps Alice by giving her a place to sleep and some food. Some of the choirboys had an idea to make Alice into a boy so she could go to their school, which was an all boys school. A little later Alice descovers the murderers that had murdered her father. The head murderer found out were Alice was staying and kidnapped her in one of the high towers in the cathedral. Find out if Alice's friends find her before it is to late.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I LOVED THIS BOOK! Beth Hilgartner is such a unique author. I could not put this book down once I started reading it. The mystery is so thrilling! :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked it. It was very heartwarming and entertaining. I think they should have brought the queen into it a little more. After all if you know anything about Queen Elizabeth you know that she would've been very active in this situation. The characters were quite well rounded except for Father Cooper and I would recomennd this book highly. I gave it four stars because it was very simply written.
Guest More than 1 year ago
YOU NEED TO READ THIS BOOK IT'S SO COOL!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was so good! I actually had to read it for a book review, but the title was catch-ie and I was hooked on the first page! I couldnt put it down! I read it in about 8 hours! It was so cool!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great suspence!! I liked this book because you never know what is next!! Also because of the intense chapters!! I think people of all ages will enjoy this book!! I found this book to be page-turning excitment!! Read This Book!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
omg!this is the first book i've ever read that i actually couldn't put down.i was just looking for a book to read in the library.i read the first few lines and thought it was pretty interesting.after the first chapter,i completely fell in love with it.there wasn't a single part in the book that i found boring.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Finally a suspense-filled book about a fearless heroine.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's a suspensful book that takes place in the Elizabethian Era. The book starts with Alice Tuckfield witnessing the devastating murder of her dad, suposedly for her majesty!When she journeys to Chellisford Hall, to find Lady Jenny a loyal friend of the family, she bumps into the choirboy and the book begins to unravel. This is a classic book with 'fake' but lovable ending! I hope that you enjoy this as much as I did!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
In this book, there is suspense throughout the whole thing! Beth Hilgartner goes into enough detail with everything going on to the point that you understand it, but not so much you can't stand it. The first sentence or two makes the book sound so horrible, but read on! You'll find out why 'Alice is cold'! Great book! I think everyone ought to read this!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Murder for Her Majesty; what a book it is! It leaves you wanting to know what happens. I just couldn't put it down because I couldn't wait to go on and read about Alice Tuckfield's adventure. In this book, Alice had spunk, is fearless, and really speaks her mind. This book is a real page-turner and is very suspenseful. In my opinion, Beth Hilgartner is an extraordinary author, and I can't wait to read another book by her.