Friday, July 13, 2012

The Spymaster’s Daughter-Jeane Westin

The Spymaster’s Daughter

Jeane Westin

NAL, Aug 7 2012, $16.00

ISBN: 9780451237026

Queen Elizabeth’s spymaster Sir Francis Walsingham wants his beloved daughter Lady Frances to stay clears of espionage as that is a very dangerous occupation. However, Lady Frances proves a chip off the old spy block when she clandestinely learns to decipher coded messages.

Named a Lady-In-Waiting “In The Court of Elizabeth I”, Frances soon has several opportunities to break cryptic notes. She succeeds and finds strong evidence that Mary Queen of Scots plans to take the throne from her English cousin. Sent by Elizabeth to spy on Mary, Frances faces danger in the Scottish queen’s court if caught, but also contends with the mistimed attraction by the Earl of Essex and her servant Robert Pauley.

The Elizabethan background makes for a strong espionage historical novel as readers obtain a deep look at two powerful royal rivals competing to rule the kingdoms. Fast-paced, this complex tale grips the audience who follow the adventures of The Spymaster’s Daughter as she conducts an undercover operation that her father would be proud of yet he is also frightened for her safety. This is a great sixteenth century thriller.

Harriet Klausner

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