1500s

C
The Twylight Tower

While I enjoy mysteries and love Elizabethan history and politics, I have to say that The Twylight Tower never really got off the ground for me. It manages to be interesting without being engaging, and the pacing is entirely too slow for a story involving multiple mysterious murders that seem to be ...

B-
Lady Killer

To put it kindly, the novels of Michele Jaffe have not done well with my fellow AAR reviewers. Either she's gotten better, or my sense of humor is in sync with hers, because I think Lady Killer is a hoot. The plot is complex and openly ridiculous. The heroine is Lady Clio Thornton, a female Eliza ...

A-
A Knight in Shining Armor

A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux is truly the definition of a Desert Isle keeper for me. If I could only have ten books to read for the rest of my life, I would want this to be one of them. I knew this book was something special when I read it for the first time while I was in college. I s ...

A
Behind Closed Doors

Luscious Corinna Huntington is the youngest and prettiest of all the ladies at Queen Elizabeth's court. Elizabeth is a great statesman, a hardened ruler with nerves of steel - but she is also an embittered, lonely woman. Proud Elizabeth knows all about lying men. As a result, the queen is strict and ...

A
Lord of the Night

Having enjoyed several of Susan Wiggs' recent books (especially The Charm School) I've been picking up her older works whenever I find them. And in Lord of the Night, I found a real treat. Sandro Cavalli is a Lord of the Night, one of the aristocratic aids to the doge of Venice who inv ...

B+
A Love For All Time

A Love For All Time is arguably one of the last good Bertrice Small books out there. A re-release of one of the early novels in the famous Skye O'Malley series (falling chronologically between All The Sweet Tomorrows and This Heart Of Mine), it falls into the "golden era" for Small fans, just before ...

C+
His Betrothed

Despite plot problems, character inconsistencies, and a carload of anachronistic language, I ended up liking His Betrothed more than I thought. The quote on the cover vaunts this as a riveting emotional read. While it's neither riveting nor emotional, it's a quick read with a hero and heroine who re ...

C+
The Tidal Poole

Many books (some of them mysteries) are set in Elizabethan England but there aren't any others that can claim to have Queen Elizabeth herself doing the investigating. What amazed me in Karen Harper's first historical mystery, The Poyson Garden and this one, is that Elizabeth's sleuthing actually ma ...

B
Queen's Ransom

I was almost disappointed that I enjoyed this book so much because it means that I have yet another series to follow! This is the fourth book featuring Elizabethan spy Ursula Blanchard as the heroine, but not having read the first three books did not present a problem for me, other than making me wa ...

D
Bride of Hearts

In Bride of Hearts by Janet Lynnford, romance grows amidst the gossip, danger, and political maneuverings of the court of Queen Elizabeth I. Matthew Cavendish, Baron Graystock, is a successful sea captain and a widower. Upon returning to England after two years at sea, he spies a lovely woman, Co ...