Murder by Misrule
By Anna Castle
- Release Date: 2014-06-08
- Genre: Historical
Murder by Misrule Anna Castle Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars
Brilliant Francis Bacon is at a loss -- and in danger.
Francis Bacon is charged with investigating the murder of a fellow barrister at Gray's Inn. He recruits his unwanted protégé Thomas Clarady to do the tiresome legwork. The son of a privateer, Clarady will do anything to climb the Elizabethan social ladder.
Bacon's powerful uncle Lord Burghley suspects Catholic conspirators of the crime, but other motives quickly emerge. Rival barristers contend for the murdered man's legal honors and wealthy clients. Highly-placed courtiers are implicated as the investigation reaches from Whitehall to the London streets.
Bacon does the thinking; Clarady does the fencing. Everyone has something up his pinked and padded sleeve. Even the brilliant Francis Bacon is at a loss — and in danger — until he sees through the disguises of the season of Misrule.
"Castle's characters brim with zest and real feeling." — Kirkus Starred Review.
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Murder by Misrule
By missi ellie
I love historical fiction and this one did not disappoint.
The characters lived up to their history. The description of styles and clothing were close to what actually was in the 1500’s. If you don’t care for descriptions and a lot of historical data or early English terms and words this book may bog you down a bit. For me it set the scene for the mystery that was artfully woven into the story line. A good read.
The murder is by misrule, but the plot is not.
Ms. Castle has brought the Elizabethan period to life with her clever, believable characters that interact naturally with historical figures. The storyline is a satisfying mix of intelligent thought, witty discourse, colorful moments, unexpected surprises and just plain old fashioned fun. Furthermore, I was not distracted by misspellings, shoddy grammar, or unwarranted graphic violence. Huzzah! “Spondulate nose” is the only unresolved point.
Murder by Misrule
A fresh murder mystery set in 17th Century England? Yep! It’s fun, informative and carries the reader right to the last page with good writing and storyline. I learned more about this era as it put flesh and blood on the notable, yet it often mythical figures of that amazing time in history. Her vocabulary and esoteric knowledge of the times often challenges the reader to look up new words and ponder meaningful thoughts like this insightful gem: How wonderful to be so certain of one's potency! “To know with absolute authority one's place in the world and to be fully empowered to occupy it.”
I very much recommend this very enjoyable semi-historical novel! Historical figures are artfully woven into an engrossing plot line that captures interest early, and holds it until the end. No gratuitous violence, no useless literary tricks to keep things moving and add extra volume, and no short-changing on intellectual thought and nomenclature. Travel back to the 16th century before Plymouth Rock, get engrossed, have some fun, and even solve two mysteries at once!
By inveterate reader
Inane. Not worth reading. Tried to chapter 3, then had to quit. Hope this was a free book!!