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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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.
Cozy mystery but more a detective story
Set in Sir Francis Bacon ‘s time but could have been any period. I skipped to end. Agatha Christy ending.
Murder by Misrule
I loved following Ben, Tom, Trumpet, and Stephen throughout the book. Wished I could have been a part of their gang.