MURDER AT WESTMINSTER ABBEY
Carmack takes readers from the glittering wealth and luxury of the coronation of Elizabeth I to the tawdry life in the pleasure quarters, each described vividly and accurately. Young Kate is again loyal, clever and a shrewd detective. The setting and personalities of the time come alive as Carmack weaves a breathtaking mystery with nonstop action and emotional growth for Kate.
Elizabeth is to be crowned queen of England, and music and shimmering parties rule at the court. But Elizabeth is no more safe now than she was in exile. Someone is killing women who look like her and the court seethes with politics and intrigue. It’s up to Elizabeth’s personal musician, Kate Haywood, to distinguish the queen’s allies from those who want to take her place. When Kate’s friend and look-alike at the court, Lady Mary, is murdered, Kate is determined to also find her friend’s killer. (OBSIDIAN, Apr., 304 pp., $7.99)