"1561. Queen Elizabeth's throne is threatened as Mary Queen of Scots-pushed in every direction by opposing and powerful forces-declares herself the rightful Queen of England. To discover her rival's next unpredictable move, Elizabeth dispatches a party of trustworthy intimates to Mary's court at Fontainebleau. Chief among them is Kate Haywood, who finds that the glittering balls and genial banquets conceal a web of poisonous ambition that soon turns deadly. a When a beautiful and disruptively flirtatious member of the visiting party is murdered, Kate suspects that the man who stands accused has been set up to discredit Elizabeth. She vows to find the real killer, but the French court is a labyrinth unlike any she has ever navigated before-and at every turn there are more traps set to spring.a Praise for the Elizabethan Mysteries 'Meticulously researched and expertly told . . . a vivid picture of Tudor England.'a New York Timesa bestselling author Tasha Alexander a 'This dramatic period is filled with intrigue, religious conflict, betrayal and danger, which (Carmack's) writing brings out brilliantly . . . The story nimbly moves from the court to the back alleys, providing a complete treat for anyone who loves historical mysteries.'a RT Book Reviewsa (4 1/2 stars, Top Pick) a 'Deliciously detailed.'a Publishers Weekly a 'Another nail-biting intoxicating ride . . . that had me wanting the next book immediately. Buy two copies- one for you and one for a friend.' Mysteries and My Musings "