Elizabethan

C
All the Queen's Players

There was once a time when I could point to Jane Feather as an author who successfully and consistently married descriptive settings with intriguing characters. This is no longer true and oh how sad that makes me. Rosamund Walsingham lives a quiet country life with her brother Thomas. She accept ...

B-
The Winter Queen

If I were grading The Winter Queen on the setting alone, it would get an unqualified A. It's set in 1564, and the heroine is one of Queen Elizabeth's ladies in waiting. Better yet, all the action takes place during the Christmas season (from shortly before the holiday to Twelfth Night). And, McCabe ...

B+
Across a Moonlit Sea

Memory does play funny tricks on you. I bought Across a Moonlit Sea at a UBS because I remembered loving it a few years ago. After reading it, I realised that, although it was still really good, something had changed and it sure as hell wasn't the book. Mind you, it's still a wonderful Elizabetha ...

C-
Lady Defiant

I had hopes. Oh, how I had hopes. But alas, my Lady Defiant was a little too (urk) defiant for me. Oriel Robinson is twenty years of age and living with her detested relatives in the northern boondocks of Elizabethan England. As a great heiress, she receives many suitors in their corner of the i ...

B
The Huntress

The saga continues! For those of you who sighed and lamented the conclusion of the Faire Isle trilogy, get ready for more. The legend of the Silver Rose, the Book of Shadows, the Dark Queen, and more return in The Huntress. After Catriona O’Hanlon's step-father exiled her from her Irish cla ...

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 ...

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+
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 ...