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Face Down Under the Wych Elm

Book Five of the Lady Appleton Mysteries

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Susanna, Lady Appleton, learns that her dead husband’s former mistress, Constance Crane, will be tried as a witch for causing the death of a man. Susanna suspects the victim was poisoned, and aided by her suitor, Nick Baldwin, and her servant Jennet, she uncovers a plot involving a forgotten will and the canceled vow of a nun. Fifth Book in the FACE DOWN/Lady Appleton Series. Historical mystery by Kathy Lynn Emerson; originally published by St. Martins and Kensington

From Publishers Weekly

Dec 04, 2000 – This workmanlike historical of witchcraft, murder and greed, the fifth in the series (after Face Down Beneath the Eleanor Cross), begins slowly but ends with an exciting rush. Shortly after Elizabeth I returns her realm to Protestantism from Mary I's brief period of Catholicism, witches are blamed for strange happenings, especially deaths. One "witch" accused of murder is Constance Crane, who was once the mistress of Sir Robert Appleton, the late husband of our sleuthing heroine, Susanna, Lady Appleton. Constance writes Susanna for help, but the message goes astray. Not until Susanna arrives at Maidstone's Assizes with her lover and suitor, Nick Baldwin, does she learn that Constance is in trouble. Susanna immediately suspects the victim was poisoned, but the only way she can save Constance from hanging is to find the true killer. Aided by Nick and by her servant and companion, the faithful Jennet, Susanna uncovers a plot to gain vast wealth through a forgotten will and the canceled vow of a former nun. While Emerson creates an Elizabethan atmosphere by using archaic words (mazer, morphew, etc.) and describing plants and herbal remedies, her work isn't in the same league as that of such seasoned historical writers as Michael Jecks and Peter Tremayne. It's too easy to substitute drug trafficking for witchcraft, cell phones for messengers and cars for horses to imagine the story as a contemporary thriller.
Face Down Under the Wych Elm
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  • Category: Historical
  • Published: Jan 01, 2000
  • Publisher: Belgrave House
  • Seller: Belgrave House
  • Print Length: 256 Pages
  • Language: English
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