Secret trysts. Daring dalliances. And a body in the orchard.
It's Midsummer, 1591, at Richmond Palace, and love is in the air. Gallant courtiers sport with great ladies while Tom and Trumpet bring their long-laid plans to fruition at last. Everybody's doing it — even Francis Bacon enjoys a private liaison with the secretary to the new French ambassador. But the Queen loathes scandal and will punish anyone rash enough to get caught.
Still, it's all in a summer day until a young man is found dead. He had few talents beyond a keen nose for gossip and was doubtless murdered to protect a secret. But what sort — romantic, or political? They carried different penalties: banishment from court or a traitor's death. Either way, worth killing to protect.
Bacon wants nothing more than to leave things alone. He has no position and no patron; in fact, he's being discouraged from investigating. But can he live with himself if another innocent person dies?
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Rich in Humanities while sleuthing and of course humorous, all for a great read!
This was my first Francis Bacon book in the series. At first I had a hard time grasping the story, but when I finally read more, it held my attention. This was well done with research in culture, clothing, architecture, need I say more. It got a WOW factor out of me. The information and description was very well done; ie the midwife for the departed. The humour in the characters were well done to pull all this investigative sleuthing together with the trio. Well done, I learned a lot about that period, like a Humanities class. I recd this ARC and providing my honest review.
This is my first experience in the Francis Bacon series and I think I've been missing something here. But, not all is lost since I can go back and get the first 4 books and NOT miss out. This was very mysterious until the very end who did the killings and I was very enthusiastic about learning some British history as well, which is one reason I love historical fiction/mysteries.
I was provided an ARC of this book and I am giving my honest opinion of this awesome book.