Friday, March 10, 2017

Interesting Mystery: Murder at Whitehall (Elizabethan Mysteries #4)

It's unusual for both of us to read the same mystery, but we do so when it comes to the series of Elizabethan era mysteries set in England. In the "Murder at Whitehall" the author brings back the main characters of Queen Elizabeth and Kate, her musician (and solver of mysteries). The novel is filled with intricate details of the period, so you feel almost overwhelmed by the detail of what people are wearing, eating and the surroundings, but it helps immerse you into the time period and place.     
     Although we enjoyed this mystery as we have the others, it wasn't into well past the first 100 pages that the murder occurred, and the mystery began to make sense from some of the details in the first 100 pages. So, read carefully, and don't be impatient! Kate's character, her musician father, actor Rob Cartman, whom she likes, and others are all very likeable. There's Spanish and Scottish visitors to the castle that add to the mix and mystery. It's a good mystery (although I liked the first 2 better, because the moved along faster). 

BOOK SUMMARY: Murder at Whitehall (Elizabethan Mysteries #4)
The acclaimed author of Murder in the Queen’s Garden returns to Tudor England with amateur sleuth Kate Haywood embroiled in court intrigue and a devastating scandal.
1559. The Twelve Days of Christmas at Whitehall Palace will be celebrated as a grand affair. But there are those who wish to usher in the New Year by ending Queen Elizabeth’s reign....

Despite evenings of banquets and dancing, the European delegates attending Her Majesty’s holiday festivities are less interested in peace on earth than they are in fostering mistrust. Kate, the queen’s personal musician, hopes she can keep the royal guests entertained.

But then Queen Elizabeth receives a most unwanted gift—an anonymous letter that threatens to reveal untoward advances from her beloved Queen Catherine’s last husband, Thomas Seymour. Tasked with finding the extortionist, Kate has barely begun investigating when one of Spain’s visiting lords is found murdered. With two mysteries to unravel and an unsettling number of suspects to consider, Kate finds herself caught between an unscrupulous blackmailer and a cold-blooded killer..

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