Murder at Hatfield House – Amanda Carmack


4/5 Royal Musicians

On The Back:

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.

My Thoughts:

As a forewarning, this review may contain some small spoilers, nothing that tells you the killer, but some events that I’ll describe happen later in the book.

I really liked this book. It had an exciting cast of characters, a good mystery, and a fun storyline. I’m glad I picked it up!

To start with, the characters were really great. I loved Kate and Elizabeth and the rest of the cast of characters. They were all described vividly and they were what I’d expect to find if I lived in 16th century England.

The mystery was good, but the author made a few small mistakes, at least to me, please skip this paragraph if you want to avoid any and all spoilers, read on if you don’t mind vague and small spoilers. To start with when Lord Braceton comes to Hatfield House he isn’t expected, so how would the murderer expect him to come and try to kill him. Secondly, Princess Elizabeth was under house arrest, not allowed to leave her chambers, so why would the killer mistake Kate for Elizabeth and try to kill her?

Overall, however, an enjoyable read. I’ll read the next one!


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