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The Fatal Fashione

An Elizabeth I Mystery

Elizabeth I Mysteries (Volume 8)

Karen Harper

St. Martin's Paperbacks

In 1566, Elizabeth Tudor faces tremendous opposition from Parliament for ruling England without the help of a husband. Instead, she turns to her Privy Plot Council for help, only to discover from her royal herbalist that a woman has drowned in a tub of starch. Soon another garment worker meets the same rigid fate. Elizabeth becomes unbending in her attempts to solve the murders, as well as iron out the problems of her kingdom. But with her list of suspects growing--and firm evidence pointing to those she trusts the most--Elizabeth must hang the murderer out to dry or risk losing her reign… or her life.

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Chapter the First 
"Just everyone in the city is talking about what you said to the deputation from Parliament, Your Grace," Meg Milligrew told the queen the next morning. As Her Majesty's strewing herb mistress of the privy chamber, Meg scented the draperies and bedclothes with fresh, fragrant herbs each day.
 
They were more than queen and servant, for Meg had been with Elizabeth in the difficult days before the throne was hers. Now, with select others, she sometimes helped Her Majesty in dangerous situations that had to be kept private. The young woman resembled her monarch,
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Praise for The Fatal Fashione

"Harper's facility with historical figures is extraordinary."
--Los Angeles Times
 
"Harper is Tudor England's answer to V.I. Warshawski."
--Publishers Weekly
 
"[A] thrilling blend of historical detail and intriguing mystery. [Harper's] Queen Elizabeth I possesses the fine detective's instinct of Sherlock Holmes."
--Lisa Gardner, author of The Other Daughter
 
"Historical-mystery lovers…should rejoice at [Harper's] latest installment."
--Booklist
 
"Entertaining…. Harper skillfully interweaves fact and fiction, presenting a heroine who is as intelligent and gutsy a crime solve as she was a real-life monarch." --Publishers Weekly
 
 "Harper brings the period vividly to life, develops characters from the earlier tales, and makes the Virgin Queen a sympathetic, ambitious, and patriotic woman.... [O]ne soon is swept up in the rush of events in a turbulent time skillfully described. Recommended for all collections."--Library Journal

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Karen Harper

  • KAREN HARPER is the author of seven previous Elizabeth I mysteries, The Poyson Garden, The Tidal Poole, The Twylight Tower, The Queen's Cure, The Thorne Maze, The Queene's Christmas, and The Fyre Mirror. She also writes bestselling contemporary suspense novels. Karen lives in Columbus, Ohio, and Naples, Florida.
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    An Elizabeth I Mystery

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    Karen Harper

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