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The Tidal Poole
     

The Tidal Poole

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by Karen Harper, Katherine Kellgren (Read by)
 

It is the crowning day of twenty-five-year-old Bess Tudor's life as she returns from exile to become England's queen. But even as her magnificent procession wends its way to Westminster Palace, a shot rings out, muffled by the jostling crowd. Within moments of becoming England's ruler, Elizabeth learns of the brutal murder of a highborn lady of the court, the

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It is the crowning day of twenty-five-year-old Bess Tudor's life as she returns from exile to become England's queen. But even as her magnificent procession wends its way to Westminster Palace, a shot rings out, muffled by the jostling crowd. Within moments of becoming England's ruler, Elizabeth learns of the brutal murder of a highborn lady of the court, the sister of one of her dearest friends. Elizabeth cannot refuse her friend's request to find the killer — especially since the prime suspect is too close to the crown — and her friends — to overlook.

Elizabeth must be circumspect. Trust can be deadly. So she summons her small band of loyal retainers and plunges into a cauldron of conflicting loyalties and deadly intrigue. From the pomp, pageantry, and insidious gossip of the court to the lethal tidal pools swirling under London Bridge, the passionate young queen must seize the reins of her empire — and find a killer determined to destroy the crown itself....

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Feisty young Bess tackles her second investigation with a single-minded thoroughness and toughness that would suit any gumshoe. Indeed, those qualities served Bess throughout her long reign, for she is none other than Bess Tudor, aka Queen Elizabeth I, the Tudor descendant destined to govern unruly England for 45 years. On the eve of her tortuous ascension to the throne, Bess looks forward to the conclusion of her stay at the Tower of London (where monarchs traditionally spend the week before their coronation) and the opportunity to end the plotting and infighting that have bedeviled the country since her father's death. Instead, the murder of a young woman along Bess's triumphal procession to Westminster Abbey casts suspicion on several trusted friends and causes her to undertake her own investigation, aided by a strange but effective cast of helpers. A nice mix of historical and fictional characters, deft twists and a plucky, engaging young heroine enhance this welcome sequel to The Poyson Garden. Harper's 16th-century England may not rival the beautifully woven tapestries of Ellis Peters or match the elegant atmospherics of Anne Perry, but her version of Elizabeth's England seethes with enough jealousies, feuds and plotters to furnish many more entertaining adventures. Author tour. (Jan.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
VOYA
About to celebrate her triumphant coronation in London, Queen Elizabeth I wonders what is keeping her good friend, Bella Harington, from the ceremony. Elizabeth later learns that Bella's younger sister, Penelope, has been murdered at approximately the same time that Elizabeth's procession was parading through London and that suspicion for the crime has been cast upon Bella's foster son, Jack St. Maur. Because of her friendship with Bella, Elizabeth promises to have someone look into the murder, but soon the queen herself, with the help of her special privy plot council, is on the trail of the killer. This second historical mystery by Harper featuring Elizabeth I as a sleuth picks up shortly after Elizabeth successfully solved the murders in The Poyson Garden (Dell, 2000/VOYA, Clueless, December 1999). The author excels at weaving historical details into an intricately patterned plot, painting a vibrant picture of the Elizabethan world. Although readers may have to stretch their willing suspension of disbelief to the maximum to accept Queen Bess as a sleuth, this mystery is an enjoyable read. Recommend this royal detective story to older teens, especially those who enjoy historical fiction or who like other Elizabethan mysteries by authors such as Fiona Buckley, Edward Marston, or Kathy Lynn Emerson. VOYA CODES: 4Q 2P S A/YA (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12; Adult and Young Adult). 2000, Delacorte, Ages 16 to Adult, 290p, $22.95. Reviewer: John Charles
Library Journal
In London but two months, the newly crowned Elizabeth I and her "Privy Plot Council" of four (groom, nurse, actor/fool, herbalist) begin investigating the murder/rape of the promiscuous sister of Isabella Harrington, a longtime friend and supporter of the queen. Mutual enemies slanderously implicate the Harringtons' foster son, whose real father (a Seymour) was beheaded for treason. Fans of Elizabethan historical mysteries will find ample sustenance here: a fiercely independent young queen, a loyal but feisty band of assistants, a plethora of historical characters, and an all-encompassing knowledge of the times. An excellent sequel to The Poyson Garden (LJ 2/1/99). [A Mystery Guild featured alternate.] Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Toby Bromberg
Peopled with historical figures and bounding with intrigue and mystery, The Tidal Poole is a triumphant read. Harper does a masterful job at recreating the era and her portrait of the young queen is brilliant. The intricate plot will immediately carry readers away to Elizabethan times.
Romantic Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781522682394
Publisher:
Brilliance Audio
Publication date:
07/12/2016
Series:
Elizabeth I Mystery Series

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