Search Results: "Karen Harper"


BOOK REVIEW

THE QUEENE’S CHRISTMAS by Karen Harper
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 6, 2003

"Lively, abundant historical color makes Harper's latest regal caper (The Thorne Maze, 2002, etc.) another standout. A delectable bonus: Each chapter opens with a Yuletide recipe from the period."
A killer with a flair for the theatrical tries to spoil Christmas for Elizabeth I. Read full book review >

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THE QUEENE’S CURE by Karen Harper
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 2, 2002

Chastened by the near-loss of her throne after the Amy Robsart-Robin Dudley scandal in 1561, Elizabeth Tudor turns her attention away from the desires of her body and focuses on its health and that of the body politic. Read full book review >

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THE QUEEN’S GOVERNESS by Karen Harper
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2010

"All in all, a lively and historically grounded reimagining of two Tudor survivors."
Harper, author of an inventive, long-running mystery series starring Elizabeth I as sleuth (The Hooded Hawke, 2007, etc.), now depicts the monarch through the eyes of her most loyal courtier. Read full book review >

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THE POYSON GARDEN by Karen Harper
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 9, 1999

"Romantic suspenser Harper (River of Sky, 1994, etc.) kicks off a series that could find fertile ground in the homicides that littered Elizabeth's 45-year reign. (Mystery Guild main selection)"
Historians know that Elizabeth Tudor succeeded her half-sister Mary to the English throne in 1558, but Elizabeth, kept a virtual prisoner at Sir Thomas Pope's estate at Hatfield, knows no such thing. Read full book review >

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THE WINGS OF MORNING by Karen Harper
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 8, 1993

"Admirable research, lively prose, and an epic-scale plot make this a sturdy bet for the romance readership."
A lively, satisfying 19th-century romance—and second hardcover for Harper (Circle of Gold, 1992—not reviewed)—that moves from the remote Scottish island of St. Read full book review >

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THE THORNE MAZE by Karen Harper
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"The conventional whodunit would have benefited from sharper characters, but Harper as usual supplies brisk, energetic writing and terrific historical color."
Two killers imperil the royal court in Harper's fifth Queen Elizabeth I mystery (The Queen's Cure, p. 144, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE HOODED HAWKE by Karen Harper
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 22, 2007

"Unlike some of Elizabeth's detail-rich cases (The Fatal Fashione, 2006, etc.), this one deftly integrates its appealing historical detail with a neatly turned mystery."
In her ninth appearance as the most improbable of Elizabethan detectives, Queen Elizabeth I must unravel a murder plot before she becomes its final victim. Read full book review >

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THE FATAL FASHIONE by Karen Harper
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 9, 2006

"A sympathetic portrait of the Queen living up to her various loyalties, public and private, but the mystery takes second place to Harper's focus on Elizabethan culture and her character's romances."
Queen Elizabeth I returns to her role as detective (The Fyre Mirror, 2005, etc.) when her royal starcher, Hannah von Hoven, is found drowned in a tub. Read full book review >

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THE FYRE MIRROR by Karen Harper
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 10, 2005

"Elizabeth (The Queene's Christmas, 2003, etc.) makes an appealingly courageous detective if you can swallow Harper's anachronistic portrait of the monarch as action hero."
As she asserts absolute control over her image and most parts of English government, Queen Elizabeth I decrees a competition for a royal portrait. Political, yes, competitive, certainly, but it also proves unexpectedly dangerous. Read full book review >

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RIVER OF SKY by Karen Harper
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 1994

"Good writing, solid research, and a strong plot make this a hearty, stick-to-your-ribs romance that is guaranteed to satisfy. (First serial to Good Housekeeping)"
From bestselling author Harper (The Wings of Morning, 1993, etc.) comes this period romance set on the American frontier in the early 19th century. Read full book review >

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MISTRESS SHAKESPEARE by Karen Harper
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"Meandering and conventional, but capable."
William Shakespeare had two wives, both named Anne, one of whom was the dark lady of the sonnets, this mainstream historical romance declares. Read full book review >