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Two Murders Reaped: The fourth in a saga about the Yorks, Lancasters and Nevilles, whose family feud started the "Cousin's War", now known as the Wars ... (1415-1495), the Thwarted Queen: Volume 4 Paperback – 28 Nov 2011

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Product details

  • Paperback: 210 pages
  • Publisher: Spun Stories Press (28 Nov. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984816933
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984816934
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,445,652 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

I have been writing fiction for ten years, completing one historical novel series and beginning another. I started writing novels by accident, because I had a class assignment to fulfill. But once I’d started, I couldn’t stop. I write historical novels because I’ve loved reading them all my life. When I was a child, I would lie on my bed reading Jean Plaidy’s novels about the Tudors, or Georgette Heyer’s novels about Regency England. In reading these novels, I was struck by how different the lives of women were in the past from the way they are today. My professional life has been multifarious and challenging. I have a PhD in Experimental Psychology from the University of Maryland, and have done research in cognition and perception. I’ve also been a violinist, a science writer, and a medical writer. I bring to my novels these varied experiences, as well as an old-fashioned sensibility and respect for the past.

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This series of 5 books starts with The Bride Price, One Seed Sown, The Guilded Cage and Two Murders Reaped followed I assume with Thwarted Queen. The first 4 books cover different periods of Cecylee's life. I had started with Thwarted Queen first but couldn't quite get in to the story so took the advice from another review to read the first four books. I am still not sure if this is correct but have got to Two Murders Reaped and then finally I can get in to Thwarted Queen at last. Not knowing much about this period of history I learnt a lot through these books but if you are looking for something along the lines of Phillipa Gregory or Alison Weir then I am afraid you will be sadly disappointed. Ms Haggard is simply not in their league although for the gathering of information it is adequate. Frankly I was getting bored towards the end, my interest started to wane so I came away feeling something was missing...dare I say the magic....it just wasn't there!
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I found very little substance in this book, and the others in the series. I couldn't bring myself to care about any of the characters and having forced myself to plough through the previous three books, I finally gave up on this one. A pity because it is a very interesting period in our history. I allocated two stars as one was "I hate it" and frankly I don't think I hate anything!
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If the other books were "simply" poorly written, this is also historically inaccurate, ridiculous and boring - and it is the longest one, so one would wish the torture would have ended sooner given how short the previous 3 books were.

Cecily is depicted as a selfish lady who is definitely relieved to hear her husband Richard of York was slain at Wakefield so that she will not have to bear children anymore and be able to enjoy her wealth on her own. She despises the wife, Elizabeth Woodville (the "Serpent", as she names her), that her bastard son Edward has chosen, so she chooses to publicly declare him illegitimate and admit to her adultery (rubbish, never happened, on the contrary she pledged innonce of such a sin even in her last will). Edward therefore has her arrested for treason and sends her to be convent caged. Once Richard comes to the throne, Cecily plays Lady Macbeth and pushes him to do Edward's sons by the Serpent away and thus secure his throne for the legitimate line of York. (and think this author seems to be a ricardian, or better a Woodville hater, or what would she have written?). Richard's tragedies (the loss of his only legitimate son and of his wife) are accounted for in exactly 3 lines even if distanced by a whole year and this is quite the average dramatisation you get in this 4 times split novel.

Do yourself a favour, unless you have the chance to read it for free as I did, save at least your money, because noone will give your time back.
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I am in love with her writing, and I enjoyed the series.
When I love a book, I completely forget the story, so I am able to read it again, and thats the case with this series.

Love, love love them!
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This is one of NOT FOUR books, but one quarter of ONE! What the author has done is select parts - small parts - of her book and sell it for four times its value. More than half of each volume is dedicated to her own tribulations of authorship and then EXACTLY the same large bibliography is repeated in each volume. In my estimation, this is daylight robbery.
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Presume the title refers to the murders of the two princes in the tower, but it is hardly mentioned and not in any great detail really.
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The book itself was fine, but I felt cheated that it was only one quarter of the length of a novel - the other three parts also short. This was not made clear when I bought all four books. Individually they looked like bargains but actually each book is one quarter of a novel. Disappointing!
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Having already bought the Thwarted Queen, I thought these were follow on stories. I was very disappointed to discover that they were seperate chapters from the Thwarted Queen and as such I had a duplication which had cost me 3 pounds. Not Happy at all
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