What’s It About? In the Tudor Court of 1518, your friends and enemies can be one and the same…During the annual celebration of the Order of the Garter, Sir Michael Devereaux arrives in King Henry VIII’s court on a mission for his benefactor. The celebration’s endless feats and sumptuous women delight the charismatic newcomer, who becomes captivated by the enigmatic Princess Renee of France. But evil, it seems, has followed Michael to the court. Shortly after his arrival, an unknown killer claims several victims, including the Queen’s lady-in-waiting, and the powerful Cardinal Wolsey asks Michael to help with the investigation. As he searches for the killer, Michael is haunted by disturbing images of the victims – flashes of violence that lead him to doubt his own sanity. Michael soon realizes that the key to solving the crime is connected to both the Pope’s Imperial vault in Rome and a mystery from Michael’s own past – revealing a secret that is so damning, it could forever alter the future of mankind.
Why This? I love to read historical fiction and the time of Henry VIII is a time period that I particularly enjoy. I was really interested to see how a murder mystery would be carried out in this time period. I read Sweetsmoke, by Robert Fuller, which is a period murder mystery with an unlikely detective, told during the Civil War. I really liked it. So I want to see how the court of Henry VIII does it. I also heard a rumor that there are vampires, which puts a really surprising spin on things if that turns out to be true. I could be totally making that up, but I think I saw it somewhere.
Do murderous vampires running around in the court of Henry VIII appeal to you?