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5.0 out of 5 stars Karen Harper's first historical mystery is a winner
Queen Mary loathes her half-sister Princess Elizabeth, blaming the daughter for the alleged sins of the mother having replaced her own mother at Henry's side. Though Mary cannot behead the popular Princess, she can and does exile Elizabeth.
Elizabeth soon realizes that someone is methodically eliminating her Bolyn relatives. As she begins to uncover a...
Published on 25 Jan 1999

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2.0 out of 5 stars Boring
This story is set in the time period before Elizabeth is queen. Her sister, Mary, hates her and someone is poisoning Elizabeth's relatives. It took me about a month to read it simply because I would fall asleep everytime I picked it up.
While Elizabethan history is always interesting, I thought this book was rather slow. The idea for the story was great, but the...
Published on 30 Jun 1999


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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Karen Harper's first historical mystery is a winner, 25 Jan 1999
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Queen Mary loathes her half-sister Princess Elizabeth, blaming the daughter for the alleged sins of the mother having replaced her own mother at Henry's side. Though Mary cannot behead the popular Princess, she can and does exile Elizabeth.
Elizabeth soon realizes that someone is methodically eliminating her Bolyn relatives. As she begins to uncover a dastardly plot to commit genocide against anyone remotely related to the Bolyns, Elizabeth learns that her aunt, thought dead, is
alive, but being poisoned. Worse yet for the young royal is an assailant is stalking her too. With few people she can trust with her life, Elizabeth starts tracing the threads back to their source, praying that her half-sister is not the ultimate culprit.
THE POYSON GARDEN is a brilliant early Tudor historical novel that quickly captures the minds and souls of the audience. The fast-paced story line strongly depicts the intrigue and peril of being a member of the royal family. The plot includes a glimpse at historical personage and a well-developed who-done-it. What really makes this novel a classy read is the passion Karen Harper obviously has for the era which beautifully rises from the superb prose. Ms. Harper strikes a chord with fiction and non-fiction Elizabethan buffs with this winner.

Harriet Klausner
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Poyson Garden, 24 Feb 2014
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The first book in the Elizabeth 1 mysteries is worth a read - it doesn't disappoint! Reading it will make you want to read the rest of the books in the series.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring, 30 Jun 1999
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This story is set in the time period before Elizabeth is queen. Her sister, Mary, hates her and someone is poisoning Elizabeth's relatives. It took me about a month to read it simply because I would fall asleep everytime I picked it up.
While Elizabethan history is always interesting, I thought this book was rather slow. The idea for the story was great, but the plot trudged along sluggishly.
The supporting characters weren't at all interesting. Jinks, Ned Topside and Meg were too one-dimensional. The reader doesn't get to know them very well. I didn't really care about them like I probably should have. Having Elizabeth run around in boys' outfits was almost silly.
There were a few suspenseful moments, but for the most part it was dull. I didn't realy care if she found who was killer was or not. Overall, the book was mildly interesting.
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2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Elizabethian Mystery.., 23 Mar 1999
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I read it in one day. Highly recommend!
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