Murder at Westminster Abbey: An Elizabethan Mystery

Murder at Westminster Abbey: An Elizabethan Mystery

by Amanda Carmack

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1559. Elizabeth is about to be crowned queen of England and wants her personal musician Kate Haywood to prepare music for the festivities. New to London, Kate must learn the ways of city life…and once again school herself as a sleuth.
Life at the center of the new royal court is abuzz with ambition and gossip—very different from the quiet countryside, where Kate served Elizabeth during her exile. Making her way among the courtiers who vie for the new queen’s favor, Kate befriends Lady Mary Everley. Mary is very close to Elizabeth. With their red hair and pale skin, they even resemble each other—which makes Mary’s murder all the more chilling.
The celebrations go on despite the pall cast over them. But when another redhead is murdered, Kate uncovers a deadly web of motives lurking just beneath the polite court banter, and follows the trail of a killer whose grievance can only be answered with royal blood.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451415127
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/01/2014
Series: Elizabethan Mystery Series , #2
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.50(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Amanda Carmack is a pseudonym for a multipublished author. Her books have been nominated for many awards, including the RITA Award, the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, the Booksellers Best, the National Readers Choice Award, and the Holt Medallion. Her Elizabethan Mystery series includes Murder at Hatfield House.

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"Meticulously researched and expertly told...Amanda Carmack’s talent for creating a richly drawn setting, populating it with fully realized characters, and giving them a tight and engaging narrative is unparalleled. An evocative and intelligent read." --New York Times bestselling author Tasha Alexander

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Murder at Westminster Abbey: An Elizabethan Mystery 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Justpeachy1 More than 1 year ago
Amanda Carmack returns readers to the time of Elizabeth the first with her latest historical mystery, Murder at Westminster Abbey. This is the second book in the Elizabethan Mystery series and takes readers from Elizabeth's exile to her triumphant entry into London for her coronation and beginning of her reign. Unfortunately, someone is targeting women who resemble the new queen and it's up to her friend and courtier, Kate Haywood to find the killer. This is a great blend of history and mystery, that readers will quickly be drawn into. What I liked: Amanda Carmack is an author who does her homework. It takes a great deal of research to pull this kind of mystery off, because of the historical detail required to make it authentic. The reign of Elizabeth I has been well documented in history, but it's another thing when it comes to making these historical figures become real characters in a book. The reader has to be fully engaged in the characters to make the story enjoyable and Carmack seems to really understand how she needs to portray them to bring them to life.  I absolutely loved all of the imagery and description that Carmack put into the coronation and the days leading up to it. Readers are treated to seeing the court during it's hay day so to speak. This was a time when the people were glad that Mary's reign had ended and that a new queen would rule in England. The festivities were magnificent and Carmack captured the expectant atmosphere and even the treachery and betrayal being plotted behind the scenes. It was very well written. I have always really enjoyed Kate, since the first book and she comes into her own even more in this book. She has some experience in sleuthing under her belt now and she goes about it in a more reasonable manner. But like an good amateur sleuthing tale, the suspects don't always do what you think they will and the motives might be totally different than what you expect. In this case someone is murdering women who look like the queen and it stands to reason that she is the real target. I thought Carmack did a great job with Kate's character and the mystery itself was well thought out and executed.  What I didn't like: As usual with this series, the author relies heavily on the historical aspects of the novel to carry it. But luckily this time it is a bit more balanced. I thought Carmack did a much better job of making the mystery aspects of the story a top priority. It made the book seem a lot more realistic and less like typical historical fiction. Bottom Line: The second book in this series, Murder at Westminster Abbey is much better offering than the first book, although I enjoyed it as well. The history is important, but so is the mystery and that's what was missing in the last one. I think this series has a lot of potential and it's getting better as it goes along.
SummerSnowFalls More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite type of mystery! An intelligent, female amateur sleuth solving crimes in the richly-detailed setting of Tudor England. Add a dash of romance, a puzzle with a natural yet surprising solution, and pull heavily from historical record and it's no mystery why this book earns a well-deserved spot on my keeper shelf! This is the second novel in Carmack's 'Elizabethan Mystery' series. Although there are a few references to the events of the prior book, you do not need to read it to enjoy this one. The story opens on the day of Elizabeth I's coronation barge procession down the Thames River to the Tower of London. Kate Haywood, a talented musician in Elizabeth's court, becomes embroiled in the investigation of a series of seemingly unrelated murders of red-headed women that Kate soon learns is ultimately targeting England's new queen. Through her cunning observational skills and relative unobtrusiveness as a servant, red-headed Kate must figure out who is behind these murders before the culprit kills Elizabeth - or Kate herself! I really enjoyed Carmack's fictional portrayal of historic characters. Besides Elizabeth, many other well-known names of the time play more than just a passing part in this historical mystery. Robert Dudley, William Cecil, and Kat Ashley are just a few of these characters. It is clear Ms. Carmack has done significant research into the lives, personality, and temperaments of the real-life characters appearing in her novel. The level of detail, even subtle detail like the smell of the Thames, make this book a real treat for anyone who loves historical fiction. Originally posted at Plot Twist Reviews dot com
Griperang72a More than 1 year ago
This was a great addition to this series. The more I read of this author the more I like her books. In this book we find Kate becoming friends with Lady Mary Everley but then she ends up murdered. This was not the first red-haired lady murder which has everyone wondering what is going on. So at the Queen's request she again starts to look to see if she can find some secrets to help solve the mystery of the murders. I was happy that we got to see Anthony and Rob again. As the stories go along you can see their relationships devlop. After the murder is solved we find out a big more about Kate's mother. I really liked that part of the book and thought was a great addition. Back to the murder - again the author had me guessing up until the end. For me I did not see any of the clues until the author wanted to start to reveal who it was. I also like how she uses real places as the settings of these books. I will be moving on to number three shortly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this historical mystery a lot. Likable main character and interesting period details during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am enjoying these books about the court life of Queen Elizabeth I and her musician Kate. Love the mystery, terrific historical details, lords and ladies running amok. Enjoy this book with its twists and turns.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lots of inconsequential historic-like information that can be accessed by reading books designed for that purpose. Very little story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago