Saturday, March 14, 2015

Great Book: Murder at Hatfield House: An Elizabethan Mystery

Tom and I both read " Murder at Hatfield House: An Elizabethan Mystery" by Amanda Carmack and both thoroughly enjoyed it.  

  This is the first in a series.  I found the series with the second book (which I also enjoyed), so I then bought this one. The setting is Elizabethan England (1558) and the stories center on young Queen Elizabeth and Kate Haywood, a musician in the Queen's court who solves murder mysteries under the direction of the queen. The characters are likeable and the stories are great. The writer gives you a good feel for Elizabethan England, through other supporting characters, dialogue and settings. I've visited a couple of the places cited in the books and it brings it all to life. Amanda Carmack is a great writer who can transport you through time.  Highly recommended for mystery lovers, Tudor period fans!
    BOOK SUMMARY:  1558. Kate Haywood, a simple musician in the employ of a princess, will find herself involved in games of crowns as she sets out to solve the murder of the queen’s envoy....
   England is in tumult under the rule of Queen Mary and her Spanish husband. Confined to house arrest at Hatfield House, young Princess Elizabeth is the country’s greatest hope. Far from court intrigues, Elizabeth finds solace in simple things: the quiet countryside and peaceful recreation, including the melodies of her chief musician and his daughter, Kate Haywood.
   But Kate will prove herself most valuable when an envoy of the queen—sent to flush out heretics in the princess’s household—is found dead on the grounds of Hatfield. Acting as Elizabeth’s eyes and ears, Kate is sent out on the trail of a killer whose mission could destroy her family, friends—and the future of England.

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next