THE FYRE MIRROR
As always, the seventh book in Harper's series is well-researched, and the author is very true to the events of the time. Elizabeth was one of the first monarchs to realize that grand and symbolic portraits were good PR. She wanted them to speak of her virtues and power to a broad audience.
When a tent occupied by one of the painters burns—killing both the painter and his servant—the queen learns it is foul play. The tent opening was laced from the outside, preventing any escape attempt. Elizabeth then summons her "privy council," upon whom she relies for advice. When other unusual fires occur, Dr. Dee, a scientist in the council, advises Elizabeth that they were started with mirrors.
(Feb., 273 pp., $23.95)