"very enlightening historical mystery"
Six years have passed since Elizabeth was crowned but she
and her Secretary of State William Cecil still worry that
her enemies will try to take the throne away from her. She
makes her childhood friend Robert Dudley the Earl of
Leicester and offers him as a husband to her cousin Mary,
Queen of Scots. By doing this, she hopes to make Lord
Henry Stewart so appealing that Mary will want this
weakling and defuse the threat she poses to Elizabeth.
Elizabeth declares that the twelve days of Christmas in
1564 will be a joyous celebration but the Queen's mood
turns ugly when one of her cooks is murdered and dressed
up in death as a peacock. Elizabeth thinks this killing
was aimed at The Earl of Leicester, who many call a peacock
because he wears bright colors and therefore indirectly at
her. She consults with her trusted Privy Plot Council on
this matter. Malicious pranks played on the Queen during
the holiday make her suspect everyone except Cecil. When a
second murder occurs Elizabeth goes on the offensive and
almost gets killed.
THE QUEENE'S CHRISTMAS is a very enlightening historical
mystery as the readers sees how Elizabeth feels about her
deceased parents and dead sister. The author, using the
third person narrative, shows how Elizabeth makes it plain
that though she may love, she will not marry because she
doesn't trust any man to let her rule in her own right.
There are many viable suspects who would like Elizabeth
which means that readers are treated to a rare cerebral
puzzle. Karen Harper is one of the few authors who
educates while she entertains.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted September 4, 2003