I received this book for free from Obsidian in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Murder at Whitehall: An Elizabethan Mystery by Amanda Carmack
Series: Elizabethan Mysteries #4
Published by NAL on December 1st 2015
Number of Pages: 304
Genres: Cozy Mystery, Historical, Suspense
Purchase: At Amazon
1559. The Twelve Days of Christmas at Whitehall Palace will be celebrated as a grand affair. But there are those who wish to usher in the New Year by ending Queen Elizabeth’s reign....
Despite evenings of banquets and dancing, the European delegates attending Her Majesty’s holiday festivities are less interested in peace on earth than they are in fostering mistrust. Kate, the queen’s personal musician, hopes she can keep the royal guests entertained.
But then Queen Elizabeth receives a most unwanted gift—an anonymous letter that threatens to reveal untoward advances from her beloved Queen Catherine’s last husband, Thomas Seymour. Tasked with finding the extortionist, Kate has barely begun investigating when one of Spain’s visiting lords is found murdered. With two mysteries to unravel and an unsettling number of suspects to consider, Kate finds herself caught between an unscrupulous blackmailer and a cold-blooded killer....
I haven’t read any of the other books in this series. But I also didn’t have to have read them to understand what was happening in this book.
There were a lot of historical facts and tidbits sprinkled through this book. I loved that about it, you could tell the author did a lot of research before writing the book. And I liked the way Queen Elizabeth was portrayed. The rest of the characters were easy to connect with, especially Kate.
There were a few smaller mystery threads woven around and through the major one. I guessed part of one of them before the end, but not all of them. I really liked reading about Kate and her life as the Queen’s personal musician. The intrigues and ciphers she learned, as well as her friendships and a small dash of romance.
The story sucked me in from the first pages, and I could see all the scenes and outfits vividly in my mind. There were no slow or boring bits, and everything I read made me curious about the other books in the series. If you like historical mysteries, or even just stories that involve Queen Elizabeth, you should read this book.