Henry VIII sits on the throne of England and has ignored
the papal refusal to annul his marriage. He gets a divorce
to marry Anne Boleyn and is in the process of setting up a
church independent of Rome. His first step is to inventory
the monasteries so that he could add anything of value to
his treasury before he disbands them and sells the
One of his advisors, Nicholas Peverell is sick about the
regal decision since the one nearest his manor home in
Sussex was built by his ancestors and supported by him.
The king is planning on visiting Nicholas on his way to
Portsmouth but there is a conspiracy to assassinate His
Highness. Nicholas doesn't know if the threat comes from,
the defeated York supporters or a rebellious churchman but
he knows he must keep his king safe if he wants to live.
Iris Collier brings the pageantry and culture of the
era when Henry VIII ruled England to vivid life in her
meticulously researched historical mystery DAY OF WRATH.
The mystery itself is cleverly constructed and there are
enough suspects to keep the reader guessing until the
author is ready to reveal the killer's identity. The hero
is a warm caring man who makes this work a touch above the
well written sub-genre novel as the age comes alive as much
as the who-will-do-it plot.
Nicholas Peverell has returned to his manor house in Sussex
after visiting King Henry VIII at court to find that his
loyal steward has been murdered---strangled and thrown from
the manor house tower. Nicholas immediately decides to
launch an investigation.
He also has to deal with the unrest among the monks at his
priory---King Henry is trying to reform the church and the
plight of the monks is as yet unsure---could they somehow
Nicholas' problems are further exacerbated when beautiful
and talented local girl Jane Warrener tells him she has
overheard talk of a conspiracy against the king. It is her
notion that his steward's murder had something to do with
it. Perhaps he overheard the conspirators and they killed
him off before he could betray their plans. . . .
If this is the case, and with King Henry's untimely
announcement of his intention to visit Peverell Manor on
his way to Portsmouth in just a few days, Nicholas has no
time to lose if he is to hunt down the murderous traitors
and save the life of his king.