"A fine addition to this great series"
Sir Walter Pendennis is at Priory House in Cornwall on
a mission for the queen. With him is Susanna, Lady
Appleton, the woman who turned down his marriage proposal s
well as a host of England's best scholars. Their job is to
find England's claim, if any, to the New World and a faster
waterway to the Asian Markets. Susanna is glad to find
something worthwhile to occupy her time since her lover
Nick Baldwin, a member of the Merchant's Adventures, is in
Hamburg to advance England's cause in that port.
When one of the scholars explains to Susanna that one
of the documents is missing, she intends to help him look
for it. She is distracted from her mission when Sir
Walter's estranged wife arrives on the scene causing
emotional turmoil. In the meantime, the scholar who lost
the document has been killed and Sir Walter and Susanna
must find out who did it since England's interests are
involved in the matter. When a second scholar disappears
and is presumed dead, Susanna is determined to find out
what is going on.
Every Susanna, Lady Appleton novel is a joy to read. In
an era when a powerful queen ruled England, a widowed
noblewoman has much power, especially if she has enough
money to back up her desires. Susanna is a person of
sterling character who wants to make the world a better
place. That is why readers love her and the plot of her
latest tale, FACE DOWN ACROSS THE WESTERN SEA, enhances her
desire to leave a positive mark while also enhancing the
reputation of author Kathy Lynn Emerson
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted March 7, 2002
Too late, he perceived the extent of his danger, but before
he could ward off the blow, pain lanced through his head.
His last thought, as he sank into unconsciousness, was that
he wished he'd had time to tell Susanna Appleton everything.
Anxious to prove England's claim on the New World, Queen
Elizabeth has charged Sir Walter Pendennis, seasoned spy
and diplomat, with the top-secret mission. Walter gathers a
team of scholars at his Cornwall estate, and calls upon his
dear friend Susanna, Lady Appleton, to assist. Susanna is
an expert herbalist with a quick mind and wise ways-and
Walter has long carried a flame for her.
When Walter's wife appears uninvited at Priory House, she
sets about extinguishing that flame. Meanwhile, Susanna and
Walter find that troubling discrepancies have surfaced
among sailors' accounts of the land beyond the Western Sea.
Their research becomes intrigue when an eyewitness account
turns up missing and a scholar is found dead in his study.
Is the murder the work of an academic rival? A jealous
lover? A Spanish spy?
Scholarly trickery and New World scandal come to light as
Susanna's sleuthing skills are put to the test.