Brilliant Francis Bacon is at a loss -- and in danger.
Francis Bacon is charged with investigating the murder of a fellow barrister at Gray's Inn. He recruits his unwanted protégé Thomas Clarady to do the tiresome legwork. The son of a privateer, Clarady will do anything to climb the Elizabethan social ladder.
Bacon's powerful uncle Lord Burghley suspects Catholic conspirators of the crime, but other motives quickly emerge. Rival barristers contend for the murdered man's legal honors and wealthy clients. Highly-placed courtiers are implicated as the investigation reaches from Whitehall to the London streets.
Bacon does the thinking; Clarady does the fencing. Everyone has something up his pinked and padded sleeve. Even the brilliant Francis Bacon is at a loss — and in danger — until he sees through the disguises of the season of Misrule.
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Murder by Misrule
I love historical fiction and this one did not disappoint.
The characters lived up to their history. The description of styles and clothing were close to what actually was in the 1500’s. If you don’t care for descriptions and a lot of historical data or early English terms and words this book may bog you down a bit. For me it set the scene for the mystery that was artfully woven into the story line. A good read.
She really got me there with Trumpets character. And how the whole story really panned out. Just great. Kudos. Recommended reading.
There’s so much to enjoy in this light mystery. The characters are well developed and engaging, the mystery turning into two plot lines was a surprise, and the description of Elizabethan times was provocative. I found myself on Wikipedia reading first about Bacon, then Essex, then Burghley, and on and on. This book is well written, with lively dialogue and great descriptions of everything period from clothing and manners to the muck and mire.