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The Hooded Hawke

An Elizabeth I Mystery

Elizabeth I Mysteries

Karen Harper

Minotaur Books

This summer, Queen Elizabeth I is in no mood for games. She and her court were expecting to spend the warmer months lounging in great manor houses, feasting in the fields, tempting forbidden romance, and perhaps engaging in sport. But someone in the Queen's entourage isn't playing by the rules…and soon Elizabeth is dodging crossbows, longbows, and--worst of all--the threats of her greatest rival, Mary Queen of Scots. As bodies and clues pile up, the mystery and dangers deepen like the surrounding forests. Now Elizabeth must fearlessly confront her foes before she loses her crown--or her life.

This summer, Queen Elizabeth I is in no mood for games. She and her court were expecting to spend the warmer months lounging in great manor houses, feasting in the fields, tempting forbidden romance, and perhaps engaging in sport. But someone in the Queen's entourage isn't playing by the rules…and soon Elizabeth is dodging crossbows, longbows, and--worst of all--the threats of her greatest rival, Mary Queen of Scots. As bodies and clues pile up, the mystery and dangers deepen like the surrounding forests. Now Elizabeth must fearlessly confront her foes before she loses her crown--or her life.

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Prologue
Though she was riding sidesaddle with but one hand holding the reins, Elizabeth Tudor spurred her horse to a faster gait, forcing the others to keep up with her. Her crimson hair spilled loose from her snood, her skirt flapped, and the hooded hawk perched on her leather-gauntleted hand spread her great gray wings as if to fly.
The queen was desperate to escape the palace, where problems proliferated like rabbits, or rather, she thought, like rats—perhaps even the sort that leave a leaking ship. She heaved a huge sigh.
“Your Grace, what’s amiss?” her dear
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Praise for The Hooded Hawke

Praise for Karen Harper and Her Elizabeth I Mystery Novels
 
The Hooded Hawke
"Deftly integrates its appealing historical detail with a neatly turned mystery."
- Kirkus Reviews
 
"Historical sophistication blends well with all the necessary elements of good mystery storytelling."
- Booklist
 
"Elizabeth is a lively heroine, and you'll have great fun traveling the countryside and dodging arrows with her and her entourage. There's enough history and mystery to keep lovers of both genres entertained."
- Romantic Times BOOKreviews
 
The Fatal Fashione
"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.... One soon is swept up in the rush of events in a turbulent time skillfully described. Recommended for all collections."
- Library Journal
The Fyre Mirror
"A truly vibrant protagonist, thoroughly satisfying characterization, attention to detail, and credible plotting mark this as an outstanding historical."
- Library Journal
 
"Fabulous…a thrilling reading experience…. Fans of the Ursula Blanches series by Fiona Buckley will definitely love this glimpse into a bygone era."
- Midwest Book Review
 
The Queene's Christmas 
"Wonderful historical detail mixed with intrigue…a real treat for those who enjoy historical mysteries."
- Booklist
 
"Nicely blends intrigue, humor, and period detail."
- The Wall Street Journal
 
The Thorne Maze
"Harper is Tudor England's answer to V.I. Warshawski."
- Publishers Weekly
 
"Brilliantly plotted and authentically detailed."
- Booklist
 
"The novel's true pleasure is the re-creation of Elizabeth I's court, the manners of the day, the fêtes, the sumptuous clothes, all of which Harper brings wonderfully alive."
- Miami Herald
 
"Harper is to be commended for keeping to what we know about Tudor history…and for making the factions of Elizabeth's court clearer than many history books have done."
- Chicago Tribune
 
"A wonderful web of drama and deceit that would make Shakespeare envious…this is great stuff."
- Globe and Mail (Toronto)
 
The Queene's Cure
"A neatly plotted mystery with genuinely terrifying scenes."
- Publishers Weekly 
 
"Fully rounded, sometimes baroque, but always engaging...the plot quickens to the very end."
- Booklist 
 
"Superb…a winner."
- Amazon.com
 
"An Elizabethan fan's delight…[with] several red herrings that will delight the heart of mystery lovers."
- Romantic Times 
 
"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, New York Times bestselling author of Hide
 
The Twylight Tower 
"Harper's exquisite mastery of the period, lively dialogue, energetic plot, devious characters, and excellent rendition of the willful queen make this a pleasure for fans of historical mysteries."
- Library Journal
 
"The sleuthing is fun, but what makes The Twylight Tower comparable to the fine works of Allison Weir is the strong writing of the author."
- Midwest Book Review
 
The Tidal Poole
"A nice mix of historical and fictional characters, deft twists and a plucky, engaging young heroine enhance this welcome sequel."
- Publishers Weekly 
 
"Harper delivers high drama and deadly intrigue...she masterfully captures the Elizabethan tone in both language and setting...Elizabethan history has never been this appealing."
- Newsday 
 
The Poyson Garden 
"Impressively researched...the author has her poisons and her historical details down pat."
- Los Angeles Times 
 
"A walk side by side with one of history's most dynamic characters."
- Anne Perry, author of Slaves of Obssession
Praise for Karen Harper and Her Elizabeth I Mystery Novels
 
The Hooded Hawke
"Deftly integrates its appealing historical detail with a neatly turned mystery."
- Kirkus Reviews
 
"Historical sophistication blends well with all the necessary elements of good mystery storytelling."
- Booklist
 
"Elizabeth is a lively heroine, and you'll have great fun traveling the countryside and dodging arrows with her and her entourage. There's enough history and mystery to keep lovers of both genres entertained."
- Romantic Times BOOKreviews
 
The Fatal Fashione
"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.... One soon is swept up in the rush of events in a turbulent time skillfully described. Recommended for all collections."
- Library Journal
The Fyre Mirror
"A truly vibrant protagonist, thoroughly satisfying characterization, attention to detail, and credible plotting mark this as an outstanding historical."
- Library Journal
 
"Fabulous…a thrilling reading experience…. Fans of the Ursula Blanches series by Fiona Buckley will definitely love this glimpse into a bygone era."
- Midwest Book Review
 
The Queene's Christmas 
"Wonderful historical detail mixed with intrigue…a real treat for those who enjoy historical mysteries."
- Booklist
 
"Nicely blends intrigue, humor, and period detail."
- The Wall Street Journal
 
The Thorne Maze
"Harper is Tudor England's answer to V.I. Warshawski."
- Publishers Weekly
 
"Brilliantly plotted and authentically detailed."
- Booklist
 
"The novel's true pleasure is the re-creation of Elizabeth I's court, the manners of the day, the fêtes, the sumptuous clothes, all of which Harper brings wonderfully alive."
- Miami Herald
 
"Harper is to be commended for keeping to what we know about Tudor history…and for making the factions of Elizabeth's court clearer than many history books have done."
- Chicago Tribune
 
"A wonderful web of drama and deceit that would make Shakespeare envious…this is great stuff."
- Globe and Mail (Toronto)
 
The Queene's Cure
"A neatly plotted mystery with genuinely terrifying scenes."
- Publishers Weekly 
 
"Fully rounded, sometimes baroque, but always engaging...the plot quickens to the very end."
- Booklist 
 
"Superb…a winner."
- Amazon.com
 
"An Elizabethan fan's delight…[with] several red herrings that will delight the heart of mystery lovers."
- Romantic Times 
 
"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, New York Times bestselling author of Hide
 
The Twylight Tower 
"Harper's exquisite mastery of the period, lively dialogue, energetic plot, devious characters, and excellent rendition of the willful queen make this a pleasure for fans of historical mysteries."
- Library Journal
 
"The sleuthing is fun, but what makes The Twylight Tower comparable to the fine works of Allison Weir is the strong writing of the author."
- Midwest Book Review
 
The Tidal Poole
"A nice mix of historical and fictional characters, deft twists and a plucky, engaging young heroine enhance this welcome sequel."
- Publishers Weekly 
 
"Harper delivers high drama and deadly intrigue...she masterfully captures the Elizabethan tone in both language and setting...Elizabethan history has never been this appealing."
- Newsday 
 
The Poyson Garden 
"Impressively researched...the author has her poisons and her historical details down pat."
- Los Angeles Times 
 
"A walk side by side with one of history's most dynamic characters."
- Anne Perry, author of Slaves of Obssession

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Karen Harper

  • Karen Harper is the author of eight previous Elizabeth I mysteries, The Poyson Garden, The Tidal Poole, The Twylight Tower, The Queen’s Cure, The Thorne Maze, The Queene’s Christmas, The Fyre Mirror, and The Fatal Fashione. 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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