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 Fontainebleau (Elizabethan Mysteries, #5) by Amanda Carmack
Series: Elizabethan Mysteries #5
Published by Obsidian on June 7th 2016
Number of Pages: 304
Genres: Cozy Mystery
Purchase: At Amazon
Amateur sleuth Kate Haywood investigates deadly machinations unfolding behind the scenes in the magnificent French court.
1561. Queen Elizabeth’s throne is threatened as Mary Queen of Scots—pushed in every direction by opposing and powerful forces—declares herself the rightful Queen of England. To discover her rival’s next unpredictable move, Elizabeth dispatches a party of trustworthy intimates to Mary’s court at Fontainebleau. Chief among them is Kate Haywood, who finds that the glittering balls and genial banquets conceal a web of poisonous ambition that soon turns deadly.
When a beautiful and disruptively flirtatious member of the visiting party is murdered, Kate suspects that the man who stands accused has been set up to discredit Elizabeth. She vows to find the real killer, but the French court is a labyrinth unlike any she has ever navigated before—and at every turn there are more traps set to spring.
I really love the attention to detail shown in this series. Everything from the clothes they wear, to who the characters could actually run into. The world is filled with little details that are easy to overlook if you aren’t interested in the history, but really make the characters and time come alive.
I also like the fact that the series uses ciphers and spies, as well as the more usual elements of cozy mysteries. The characters are easy to like, and there are always interesting twists and turns in the story.
I guessed who the killer was early on, but not the why. There were a few different people it could have been, and it really wasn’t obvious until the end. But there was just something about this particular one that made me go “that’s them!”
There is a little bit of a love triangle, but it’s not touched on much at all except a tiny scene in the front of the book, and a small one in the back. I’m curious to see who Kate will choose, if anyone. But the love interests aren’t integral to any of the books. So if you don’t like romance in your mysteries, you still should try this series since there really isn’t much focus on romance.
If you’re a fan of Queen Elizabeth and that era, you need to try this series.