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5.0 out of 5 stars Good blend of fact and fiction, 11 Jun 2004
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Valerie Fletcher Adolph "Coast Journal" (Pacific Northwest) - See all my reviews
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This is the latest in an excellent series of mysteries set in England during the reign of the first Queen Elizabeth. The writer shares a comprehensive understanding of the uneasy political and religious dynamics of the time, as well as life at court and the (very different) life in every-day Elizabethan England.
The plot is well designed and carried through and the characters are well-drawn and memorable. I enjoy the fact that the protagonist is a woman and the viewpoint is feminine rather than masculine. It's all too easy, when writing historical fiction, to gravitate to the masculine, with the hero mounting his steed and dashing off in all directions, with exciting chases and plenty of swashbuckling fights and battles. You'll find a little of that here, but mostly you'll find a woman just trying to do her best for her susceptible young relative and for her queen. It's just that she has an exciting time doing it.
Blending historical fact with dramatic and readable fiction is no easy task but the writer accomplishes it beautifully in this book. You feel the sad magnetism of Mary, Queen of Scots and the dedication and frustration of Sir Francis Knollys, her host and/or jailer.
I found this to be a really good read from a writer who really understands this period in history.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read, 15 Jan 2009
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John Hopper (London, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Fugitive Queen (Paperback)
Another jolly Elizabethan murder mystery, with the usual and rather tiresome endless Catholic plotting. It's the characters that keep me reading this series, that and the fact that I can little resist anything set under the Tudors. They do get rather samey after a while.
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The Fugitive Queen by Fiona Buckley (Paperback - 1 Dec 2004)
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