The Queene's Christmas: An Elizabeth I Mystery [NOOK Book]

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Elizabethan England comes alive in all its pomp and pageantry, deadly intrigue and scandal-and fine feasting-in Karen Harper's acclaimed mystery series featuring the young queen, Elizabeth Tudor, as amateur sleuth.


An old English Yule has never been merrier or more mysterious. A New Year's celebration has never looked more joyous but been so potentially deadly.


Fearing the Twelve Days of Christmas of 1564 may be the last for her ailing, ...

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The Queene's Christmas: An Elizabeth I Mystery

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Overview

Elizabethan England comes alive in all its pomp and pageantry, deadly intrigue and scandal-and fine feasting-in Karen Harper's acclaimed mystery series featuring the young queen, Elizabeth Tudor, as amateur sleuth.


An old English Yule has never been merrier or more mysterious. A New Year's celebration has never looked more joyous but been so potentially deadly.


Fearing the Twelve Days of Christmas of 1564 may be the last for her ailing, elderly friend, Lady Kat Ashley, Queen Elizabeth decrees a nostalgic, old-fashioned holiday. Delicious dishes for the table, holly and ivy, caroling, wassailing, mumming, and a Lord of Misrule to oversee it all are in the recipe for the revels. But one of the queen's kitchen staff is found as dead as the ornate peacock he was preparing for the feast.


As more murders threaten customs, kingdom, and Christmas, Elizabeth and her diverse band of Privy Plot Counselors try desperately to solve the increasingly bizarre crimes. When the Thames freezes over and Londoners take to the ice for an elaborate Frost Fair. Elizabeth of England must outfox the diabolical demon who would kill not only the spirit of Christmas but the queen.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429905213
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2007
  • Series: Elizabeth I Mysteries, #6
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 147,191
  • File size: 463 KB

Meet the Author

Karen Harper

Karen Harper is the author of five previous Elizabeth I mysteries, The Poyson Garden, The Tidal Poole, The Twylight Tower, The Queene's Cure, and The Thorne Maze. She also writes contemporary suspense novels. Karen Harper lives in Columbus, Ohio, and Naples, Florida.


Karen Harper is the author of the Elizabeth I mysteries, including The Poyson Garden, The Tidal Poole, The Twylight Tower, The Queen's Cure, The Thorne Maze, The Queene's Christmas, The Fyre Mirror, and The Fatal Fashione. She also writes bestselling contemporary suspense novels. Karen lives in Columbus, Ohio, and Naples, Florida.
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  • Posted May 6, 2010

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    ANOTHER GREAT TALE!

    In book six, we are once again taken back inside the many castles and palaces of Queen Elizabeth I during a treacherous and deadly time, that only Elizabeth, with the help of her Privy Plot Counsel, can make safe. The writing style in this series transports you back in time as it gives great detail on court life, food, fashion, and intrigue. This series is easy to follow, a quick read, and has enough twists and turns to keep your attention. It is truly a fun read.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    The best work yet in this teriffic series

    Six years have passed since Elizabeth was crowned but she and her Secretary of State William Cecil still worry that her enemies will try to take the throne away from her. She makes her childhood friend Robert Dudley the Earl of Leicester and offers him as a husband to her cousin Mary, Queen of Scots. By doing this, she hopes to make Lord Henry Stewart so appealing that Mary will want this weakling and defuse the threat she poses to Elizabeth.<P> Elizabeth declares that the twelve days of Christmas in 1564 will be a joyous celebration but the Queen¿s mood turns ugly when one of her cook¿s is murdered and dressed up in death as a peacock. Elizabeth thinks this killing was aimed at The Earl of Leicester, who many call a peacock because he wears bright colors and therefore indirectly at her. She consults with her trusted Privy Plot Council on this matter. Malicious pranks played on the Queen during the holiday make her suspect everyone except Cecil. When a second murder occurs Elizabeth goes on the offensive and almost gets killed.<P> THE QUEENE¿S CHRISTMAS is a very enlightening historical mystery as the readers sees how Elizabeth feels about her deceased parents and dead sister. The author, using the third person narrative, shows how Elizabeth makes it plain that though she may love, she will not marry because she doesn¿t trust any man to let her rule in her own right. There are many viable viable who would like Elizabeth dead, which means that readers are treated to a rare cerebral puzzle. Karen Harper is one of the few authors who educates while she entertains.<P> Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted November 16, 2013

    I'm not usually a fan of the early times in English history, but

    I'm not usually a fan of the early times in English history, but I read this book at the request of a friend who really loves these books.  Surprise, surprise--I really enjoyed this book immensely!!  This is a mystery involving Queen Elizabeth and her court in 1564.  They are preparing to celebrate Christmas in the traditions of the time, to the definite dislike of the puritanical Protestant church leader.  There is also the continuous conflict between sisters, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary of Scots, for throne of England.  




    At the start of these celebrations, Master Hodge Thatcher, Dresser of the Feast, is found hanging in the kitchen, dressed in the peacock feathers meant for the roasted bird.  Queen Elizabeth is convinced that he was murdered and starts the investigation into his death.  Then, the next days of the celebrations finds other deaths related to the each days activities.  Who can the Queen trust?  Clues seem to implicate those closest to her.  The clues are truly interesting and red herons kept the story flowing. Queen Elizabeth's characterization is wonderfully done. 




    What I especially liked about the story was the deft way that the author used, and explained, so many traditions of the times, including an old time food recipe at the beginning of every chapter.  This is the sixth book in this series.  The excellence of this book is best proven when I say that I actually believe I want to rest of this books!

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  • Posted December 18, 2011

    Thrilling, well written.

    I enjoyed reading this book. It is very true to the period of Elizabeth I and the lifestyle of the time. A must read for any English history buff.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2007

    Remarkable

    The author's attention to the details of Elizabethan court, like the clothes, food, and grandeaur, makes the book very good. Conspiracies and lies make the book outstanding because they take the story through multiple twists and turns.

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