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Murder at Westminster Abbey
by Amanda Carmack


Overview - "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.
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Overview
"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.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780451415127
  • ISBN-10: 0451415124
  • Publisher: Signet Book
  • Publish Date: April 2014
  • Page Count: 297
  • Reading Level: Ages 18-UP

Series: Elizabethan Mysteries

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Books > Fiction > Mystery & Detective - General

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2014-02-24
  • Reviewer: Staff

Carmack once again delves into the Elizabethan Age, in all its drama, treachery, and religious mania, with this richly textured second outing for court musician Kate Haywood (after 2013’s Murder at Hatfield House). In 1559, Kate, who is devoted to the recently installed Elizabeth I, puts aside her lute when Nell, a prostitute, is killed and Kate’s actor friend Rob Cartman becomes a suspect. Then another of Kate’s friends, Lady Mary Everly, who like Nell is a redhead, is murdered. No other link exists between the two crimes, but Kate worries that the redheaded queen may be in danger. Two suspects include Lady Mary’s own brother, Lord Henry, and her father, Earl Everly, who doesn’t appear particularly grief-stricken. There are political ramifications aplenty as families jockey for position, some Catholic loyalists who hate Elizabeth and the “new religion.” In Carmack’s hands, this period whodunit is deliciously detailed but never heavy-handed. Agent: Gail Fortune, Talbot Fortune Agency. (Apr.)

 
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