In this third book of the Simon & Elizabeth Mysteries, Elizabeth Tudor is accused of treason and imprisoned in the Tower of London. Most, including Elizabeth herself and her old friend Simon Maldon, believe she will never leave the place alive.
Loyal to a fault, Simon manages to get in to see his "Highness," once a princess but now demoted to simply Lady Elizabeth. After one visit, Simon meets another old friend, Peto the Pope. Accused of murder, Peto swears he is innocent. Simon can't resist investigating to learn what really happened.
At the same time, Simon's wife Hannah takes in a frightened pregnant girl who refuses to identify herself. Hannah is captivated when her guest has a baby girl. Childless herself, Hannah is determined to help this mother and child get a start in life.
Distracted by his own concerns, how to help Elizabeth escape and how to prove Peto's innocence, Simon pays little attention to what's happening at home. Neither he nor Hannah realizes they should be listening to each other. When they finally do, it's too late. In trying to help others, they have put themselves in deadly danger.
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I love writing the Simon & Elizabeth Mysteries: the research, the developing characters, and the fun of solving crimes vicariously with no DNA evidence and no fingerprints, just clever minds applied to the pursuit of justice.
Readers don't have to move through the series in order. Each book stands on its own as a mystery that catches the attention of this unusual pair and sets them on the trail of a killer. Still, if you want to see the characters develop from youth to age, the books in order are HER HIGHNESS' FIRST MURDER; POISON, YOUR GRACE; and this one, THE LADY FLIRTS WITH DEATH. Book #4, HER MAJESTY'S MISCHIEF, is scheduled for publication in 2015.
In this third book of the Simon & Elizabeth Mysteries, Elizabeth Tudor is declared a traitor and imprisoned in the Tower of London. Visiting the princess secretly, her friend Simon Maldon discovers another cause for worry. His friend Peto the Pope has been arrested for a murder he swears he did not commit.
As Simon frets over Elizabeth's peril and Peto's certain execution, his wife Hannah deals with her own mystery after taking in a frightened pregnant girl who, she later learns, is not as she first seemed.
Neither Simon nor Hannah pays attention to the other's problems, although they should. Matters spin quickly into grave danger, and they both might die as they try their best to save the lives of others.
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Book Description Thorndike Pr, 2014. Hardcover. Book Condition: Brand New. large print edition. 374 pages. 8.50x5.50x1.00 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # 1410465497