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...
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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: 361,098
  • 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.

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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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