ALL THE QUEEN'S PLAYERS
Feather has made the move out of her comfort zone, historical romance, into the realm of historical fiction with a marvelous novel centering around Kit Marlowe, the British theater and the search for traitors. A quick pace, real and fictional characters, a love story and accurate historical details, plus love scenes between Marlowe and his male lover, fill the pages. But pure romantics, beware: This is not a happily-ever-after love story.
After witnessing the execution of Mary, Queen of Scots, Rosamund Walsingham has fulfilled her duty to the crown. She thinks back on the days when her life was not entangled with royalty, to the moment she met Christopher Marlowe, player and writer, and was drawn into a life of espionage in Elizabeth's court. She attracts the queen's attention with her beautiful drawings, and the eye of courtier Will Creighton. Their friendship blossoms in a court rife with intrigue and where passion is dangerous for agents of the crown sent to uncover Catholic plots.
Both Will and Rosamund are pawns in the spying game. As a member of Mary, Queen of Scots' entourage, Rosamund has no idea what pieces of information she gave helped the case against Mary. She only knows that once Will is lost, she may still find happiness with another. (GALLERY, Apr., 450 pp., $15.00)