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Following the closure of Mystery Women, a new group was formed on 30th January 2012 promoting crime fiction.
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by The History Press, 24 April 2017. ISBN 978-0-7509-6839-3
Hilary Mantell isn't the only one to write about Anne Boleyn -
here is a fascinating story about Anne’s earlier life as lady in waiting to
Queen Catherine at the English Court. The book is set in 1522 with the
action almost all happening at Hampton Court. Hugh Mac Egan is an Irish
lawyer whose task is to draw up a marriage contract between James Butler, son
of his employer, an Irish Earl, and Anne Boleyn thus solving an inheritance
dispute. Unfortunately, the lady has fallen in love with Harry Percy, son
of the Earl of Northumberland.
A member of the Cardinal's staff is
found dead in the Great Hall and an arrow has fallen from his body. Both
Percy and Anne say that they saw the arrow fired by James Butler and that it
was a real arrow unlike the imitation arrows that were being fired during a
pageant by Butler and others.
must defend James from an accusation of murder punishable by execution.
Hugh tells us that under Irish law a large fine would be levied on the murderer
to be paid to the victim’s family.
Hugh must exonerate his patron's
heir by discovering what happened and who the murderer was. This is no
easy process complicated by the machinations of various courtiers and the
unpleasant behaviour of the murdered man as a blackmailer. Further
deaths happen. We get a fascinating picture of the way the Cardinal's
Court worked and in particular, of the delicious food served at his banquets.
A most enjoyable historical crime
Jennifer S. Palmer
Cora Harrison has written
extensively for children and has the lengthy series of Burren Mysteries
set in 16th century Ireland.
Cora Harrison was born in Cobh, County
but lived in Cork
city for most of her life until she was twenty-one. While her children were
growing up, she became a primary school teacher and loved teaching. Although
she enjoyed teaching she enjoys writing stories even more. It still gives her a
thrill to see her books in the shops!
my reading life crime fiction has been a constant interest; I really enjoyed my
15 years as an expatriate in the Far East, the Netherlands
& the USA
but occasionally the solace of closing my door to the outside world and sitting
reading was highly therapeutic. I now lecture to adults on historical topics
including Famous Historical Mysteries.