Praise for The Course of All Treasons:
"Excellent...Wolfe vividly brings London to life...But the book’s greatest strength is its characters."
—Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Wolfe makes deft use of historical facts in an exciting mystery with a pleasing climactic surprise."
“A complex story with multiple engaging characters...and readers won’t sleep or eat as they approach the denouement.”
—Historical Novels Society
"More, please, of the amazing Annie. Recommended for fans of action-filled historical mysteries."
Praise for A Murder By Any Name:
“Captivating…Fans of Fiona Buckley’s Ursula Blanchard and Kathy Lynn Emerson’s Rosamond Jaffrey will be delighted to add Wolfe to their reading lists.”
“[A] promising series launch… Fans of Elizabethan historicals will be satisfied.”
“An excellent series kickoff by Wolfe that cleverly highlights both the mystery and the many ills of Elizabethan times.”
“In vivid passages, Suzanne Wolfe’s novel brings to the reader the light and dark of Elizabethan England, its squalor and splendor, filth and riches, intrigues and delights.”
—NY Journal of Books
"A fast-paced read that held my attention strongly throughout...Wolfe crafts a protagonist who is sympathetic as well as empathetic while retaining historical accuracy."
—Historical Novels Review
An Elizabethan spy with much to hide balances family loyalties with his fealty to the queen.
Nicholas Holt, the younger brother of Robert, Earl of Blackwell, is a tavern owner, loyal friend, and spy who works for the ailing Sir Francis Walsingham. Therein lies Nick's problem, for his relatives are recusant Catholics he must find ways to protect in these troubling times, when the queen's cousin Mary Stuart, although imprisoned, remains a magnet for plots to restore the Catholic faith to England. Ordered to spot and identify a Spanish spy, Nick follows the man he recognizes as Francesco del Toro to an Oxford tavern, where he's appalled to see his brother Robert. Del Toro slips away, but Nick must stay. He also runs into Edmund Lovett, an acquaintance from his childhood and Oxford University who admits to working for the spy network of Robert Devereaux, second Earl of Essex and favorite of the queen, who flirts embarrassingly with the handsome, spoiled young man. Nick gets stuck with Edmund, who's also returning to London. When they're attacked on the road in what Nick suspects is an assassination attempt, Edmund comes to his aid. Much to Nick's dismay, the queen orders him to help Essex find the killer he claims is trying to shut down his rival spy network even though it's Walsingham's agents who are really in danger. Among Essex's agents are Lady Annie O'Neill, an Irish master of disguise, and Gavell and Stace, two stone-cold killers who suspect Nick of double-dealing. The few people Nick can trust are John Stockton, who runs Nick's tavern; Kat, a well-connected madam; and Eli and Rivkah, twin Jewish doctors who escaped the Spanish Inquisition. As Nick and Hector, the faithful Irish wolfhound who's helped him solve murders at the court (A Murder by Any Name, 2018, etc.), scour London, they narrowly escape assassination attempts as they try to roll up the Spanish spy network.
Wolfe makes deft use of historical facts in an exciting mystery with a pleasing climactic surprise.