August 13, 2015

Murder in The Merchant's Hall by Kathy Lynn Emerson

T I T L E: Murder in The Merchant's Hall
S E R I E S: A Mistress Jaffrey Mystery (Nº 2)
A U T H O R: Kathy Lynn Emerson
P U B L I S H E R: Severn House Publishers
P U B L I S H--D A T E: December 1, 2015
I S B N: 9780727885388
Historical Mystery
When Lina Walkenden is found clutching a bloody knife over the dead body of her brother-in-law and guardian, there’s only one person she can turn to for help: her childhood friend Rosamond Jaffrey. Rosamond vows to do all she can to prove Lina’s innocence, but when it transpires Lina was being forced into a marriage against her will and was instead besotted by her fiance’s charming yet unscrupulous nephew, her motives for murder seem overwhelming.
In desperation, Rosamond seeks out the help of the Queen’s spymaster himself, Sir Francis Walsingham – but when she overhears a conversation at the French Embassy, it seems Lina’s plight is irrelevant in the face of potential treason. Rosamond must do all she can to save her friend – and keep herself and her family safe from a desperate killer.



     I found this to be an enjoyable read. A great mystery that keeps you guessing.
     I have no complaints about the execution of this plot. It had me guessing who the murderer was right up to the end. The story was well written and the characters fully developed.
Rosamund was a great heroine. I do like heroines that are independent but sometimes she could be a bit too sassy and I wish that she would have let Rob help her a bit more than she did. Sometimes she seemed a bit insensitive to him, but despite those issues I did really like her a lot.
     Rob was also very likable. He was protective as well as manly without being too alpha male which was something I would have liked to have seen Rosamund appreciate a bit more.
     I do have to admit that though I did like most characters very much, there were two I didn't like much at all. First was Lina. She cried too much and was too self-centered for me to feel bad for her. Second, was Jennet Jaffrey, Rob's mother. I think by now she should have gotten over her anger with Rosamund.
     If you like mysteries set in the Tudor era, I recommend you read this one. It was a quick fun read.

4 STAR


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