"Superb historical mystery"
Elizabeth had a long hard road to travel before she
ascended the throne as England's Queen. As a child growing
up, she knew any day could be her last and when she was
imprisoned in the tower, she thought she would never get
out. Though she has full control of the government, she
remains alert that her enemies both Catholic and Protestant
are waiting for the chance to topple her from the throne.
Following a visit to the Royal College of Physicians
Elizabeth finds an eerie looking pockmarked effigy of
herself in the waiting coach. Although she tries to pass
it off as a prank, Elizabeth knows that this could be the
opening gambit in a plot to assassinate her. When she
discovers the leech laden body of a naked woman on her
private grounds, she is sure of it. She and her Privy Plot
council investigate her closest enemies but it's only when
she recovers from a case of the pox do the people loyal to
Elizabeth knows in what direction does her enemy lie.
This is the fourth installment in this historical mystery
series and THE QUEEN'S CURE is as superb as the first
three. The role of doctors and medicine in Elizabethan
society plays an important part in the solving of this
intricately woven mystery. However, it is the characters,
especially the vulnerable Queen and her loyal followers who
make this historical novel a winner.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted March 2, 2002