Search Results: "Kathy Lynn Emerson"


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NO MORTAL REASON by Kathy Lynn Emerson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2007

"The tale, based on the memoirs of Renaissance specialist Emerson's grandfather, evokes more recent times."
The third period piece for a widowed reporter/sleuth explores murder at a Catskill hotel. Read full book review >

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FACE DOWN ACROSS THE WESTERN SEA by Kathy Lynn Emerson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 15, 2002

"Overplotted and overpopulated but, like most of Susanna's adventures, original, beguiling, and eminently readable."
Cornwall, 1571. Read full book review >

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FACE DOWN UNDER THE WYCH ELM by Kathy Lynn Emerson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 2000

"Exploiting the chaos for its criminal possibilities, Emerson poses enduringly hard questions about women and worth in this exemplary historical mystery."
Widowed Elizabethan herbalist Susanna, Lady Appleton, and her Kent country neighbor, Nick Baldwin, slip off for a tryst in Maidstone during the 1567 summer assizes—but they can't escape Nick's suspicious mother, Winifred, or Susanna's past. Read full book review >

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LETHAL LEGEND by Kathy Lynn Emerson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2008

"Emerson's fourth and final tale of the sleuthing pair (No Mortal Reason, 2007, etc.) is both historically interesting and suitably mysterious."
A long-awaited marriage in 1888 Maine has to wait for the solution of a murder. Read full book review >

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FACE DOWN BENEATH THE ELEANOR CROSS by Kathy Lynn Emerson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2000

"Despite a mystery that eventually turns messy and some cumbersome period detail, Emerson gets a star for high drama and the graceful planting of background information."
Although her era's ominous intrigues are everywhere evident, Elizabeth I appears only offstage in Lady Susanna Appleton's fourth adventure (Face Down Among the Winchester Geese, 1999, etc.), which begins in 1565 as Elizabeth's favorite, Robin Dudley, fingers herbalist Susanna as the culprit who poisoned her late husband. Read full book review >

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MURDER IN A CORNISH ALEHOUSE by Kathy Lynn Emerson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2017

"A meandering mystery with far too many red herrings that's still enjoyable for its historical insights and detailed descriptions of everyday life in Tudor England."
In 1584, a headstrong woman vows to find her stepfather's murderer. Read full book review >

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MURDER IN THE QUEEN'S WARDROBE by Kathy Lynn Emerson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 2015

"Emerson's headstrong sleuth, first introduced in her Lady Appleton series, begins a diverting series of her own with lots of twists and turns and Tudor tidbits."
A lady of strong character is recruited as a spy in 1582 England. Read full book review >

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FACE DOWN BESIDE ST. ANNE’S WELL by Kathy Lynn Emerson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2006

"Susanna's ninth investigation is slowed by more speculation than actual intrigue among the sprawling cast."
Louise Poitier, a French tutor in the spa city of Buxton, plays the Early Modern Mata Hari, assiduously confirming everything the English suspect about the French, except of course that she isn't really French, and not much of a tutor either. Read full book review >

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FACE DOWN BELOW THE BANQUETING HOUSE by Kathy Lynn Emerson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2005

"Spirited and studded with wry humor. The prefatory Cast of Characters helps immensely in sorting out the large number of series regulars, and the extensive glossary stands alone as a reading pleasure."
Elizabethan sleuth Susanna, Lady Appleton (Face Down Across the Western Sea, 2002, etc.), solves a double murder involving blackmail and sexual indiscretion. Read full book review >

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FACE DOWN BEFORE THE REBEL HOOVES by Kathy Lynn Emerson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 20, 2001

"But Susanna could use some of James Bond's derring-do: 007 would never have waited for all his friends from previous novels to come rescue him."
In Augsburg, Lord Walter Pendennis watches horrified as a runaway cart tramples his wife, then listens with even greater horror when she makes a deathbed confession of treason. Read full book review >

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FACE DOWN UPON AN HERBAL by Kathy Lynn Emerson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 13, 1998

"Far-fetched incidents, fussily drawn characters, and stilted conversations keep the pace soporific and the suspense meager here; but herbal enthusiasts and fans of historical romances may find some mild entertainment."
A second adventure for Elizabethan herbalist Susanna, wife of Sir Robert Appleton, an emissary to Queen Elizabeth (Face Down in the Marrow-Bone Pie, 1989). Read full book review >