Synopses & Reviews
When a brutal murder threatens the sanctity of the Elizabethan court, it's up to an hot-tempered spy to save the day.
The court of Elizabeth I is no stranger to plotting and intrigue, but the royal retinue is thrown into chaos when the Queen's youngest and sweetest lady-in-waiting is brutally murdered, her mutilated body left on the high altar of the Chapel Royal in Whitehall Palace. Solving the murder will require the cunning and savvy possessed by only one man. Enter Nicholas Holt, younger brother of the Earl of Blackwell--spy, rake, and owner of the infamous Black Sheep tavern in the seedy underbelly of Bankside. Nick quickly learns that working for the Queen is a mixed blessing. Elizabeth--salty-tongued, vain, and fiercely intelligent--can, with a glance, either reward Nick with a purse of gold or have his head forcibly removed.
When a second lady-in-waiting is slain at Whitehall, the court once again reels with shock and dismay. On the trail of a deranged killer, Nick and his faithful sidekick--an enormous Irish Wolfhound dubbed Hector--are treading on treacherous ground, and only the killer's head on a platter can keep them in the Queen's good graces.
Thick with chicanery, double-crosses, a tantalizing cast of characters, and impeccable period detail, A Murder by Any Name by Suzanne Wolfe is sure to intoxicate, intrigue, and delight.