The Serpent Garden

The Serpent Garden

by Judith Merkle Riley
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The Serpent Garden by Judith Merkle Riley

In the court of Henry VIII, there are many secrets—and some people will kill to keep them hidden.Susanna Dallet is the daughter of a Flemish painter and wife to a philandering husband, living in the court of Henry VIII. When her husband is murdered, Susanna is suddenly left with a household to provide for and nothing to her name. Her days of anonymity are over when Susanna finds that guild rules preventing women from working do not apply at the king’s court, and she manages to secure a position as a miniature-portrait painter. Before long, she has not only made a name for herself, she is close to those who surround Princess Mary. But even in this lofty company, Susanna is not safe. An old manuscript that she has inherited turns out to hold the keys to an age-old mystery, and the forces that claimed her husband are closing in. As danger looms, Susanna joins with Robert Ashton, secretary to Henry’s cunning and ruthless adviser Archbishop Wolsey, and together they must fight a fearsome society in league with a demon.Combining heartpounding action, sly humor, romance, and supernatural twists, The Serpent Garden is the story of a creative and resourceful woman who unwittingly finds herself in a dangerous—and deadly—game of hide-and-seek.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307410115
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 01/08/2008
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 224,042
File size: 937 KB

About the Author

Judith Merkle Riley is a professor of political science and has a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. She is also the author of A Vision of Light, the first Margaret of Ashbury novel, and The Water Devil, the concluding book of the trilogy, among others. She lives in Claremont, California.

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Serpent Garden 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
InfantApple More than 1 year ago
Originally it was the cover of the book that caught my eye as I was walking out of Barnes and Nobel one day. Read the back, sounded pretty good, and just like that I bought it. However when I finally got around to reading it I had no idea what I would be in store for. First chapter a demon makes his début, wasn¿t expecting that, and Riley kept up that beat of going left when I thought she¿d turn right. Though there were times when I wanted things to hurry up and happen, I¿m glad for her pace of the book. You will find yourself attached to these characters and very much so involved in their lives as they unfold. I highly recommend this book to anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book! It is interesting, scary, and brilliant. Judith Merkle Riley is a genius! I read this book in only a few days and I LOVED it!
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