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Mistress of Mourning: A Novel
By: Karen Harper
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Manufacturer: Berkley
ISBN: 9780451236906
Publication Date: 2012-07-03
Release Date 2012-07-03
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In a gripping historical novel of suspense and romance from the national bestselling author of The Queen's Governess, two women fight to defeat the enemies of the precarious Tudor monarchy by uncovering the secrets of the dead...

London, 1501. In a time of political unrest, Varina Westcott, a young widow and candle maker for court and church, agrees to perform a clandestine service for Queen Elizabeth of York, wife of Henry VII--carve wax figures of four dead children, two of her offspring lost in infancy and her two brothers, the Princes of the Tower, whose mysterious disappearance years ago has never been solved. Having lost a child herself, Varina feels a sympathetic bond with the queen. And as she works under the watchful eye of handsome Nicholas Sutton, an ambitious assistant to the royals, she develops feelings of quite a different nature...

Then news comes from Wales of the unexpected death of newly married Prince Arthur, the queen’s eldest child and heir to the throne. Deeply grieving, Elizabeth suspects that Arthur did not die of a sudden illness, as reported, but was actually murdered by her husband’s enemies. This time her task for Varina and Nicholas is of vital importance--travel into the Welsh wilderness to investigate the prince’s death. But as the couple unearths one unsettling clue after another, they begin to fear that the conspiracy they’re confronting is far more ambitious and treacherous than even the queen imagined. And it aims to utterly destroy the Tudor dynasty.



Even if you are a historical fiction fan, Mistress of Mourning sets itself apart for its gripping story and appealing heroine. Set in London, circa 1501, it’s a time of political unrest and intrigue as the newly formed Tudor dynasty deals with corruption, passion and murder.

Young widow Varina Westcott, a candle maker for court and church, agrees to a strange and clandestine request from Queen Elizabeth of York, wife of Henry VII. Elizabeth wishes to have wax effigies of the two children she lost in infancy, and her two brothers, the Princes of the Tower, whose disappearance has never been solved. Varina, who has herself also lost a child, finds a shared grief with the queen. Their closeness is intensified when an unexpected royal death exposes sedition, conspiracies, and more death.

Elizabeth asks Varina to investigate the mysterious death of the heir to the throne, Prince Arthur, who died while on his honeymoon with Catherine of Aragon.

The addition of courtier Nicholas Sutton, who joins Varina in investigating the murder, adds just the right touch of romantic possibility. Told in dual narrative style, the shared grief of the two women makes for a seamless storytelling technique. Meticulously researched, author Harper displays a deft hand in writing romantic scenes no bodice-ripping here. This often neglected chapter in Tudor history comes alive under Harper’s skillful pen.

In the course of their investigation, Nicholas and Varina unearth a conspiracy that could topple the precarious Tudor monarchy. Highly recommended for all fans of Philippa Gregory and Margaret George.

 
By: Candace Clark, ReaderToReader.com


 
     
 
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