IN A TREACHEROUS COURT
Just when readers think there is nothing new to be learned about Henry VIII, debut author Diener delivers a taut suspense set during the early years of his reign. Diener postulates on the involvement of historical personages and events surrounding a plot against the crown. She enlivens history with colorful characters and an intriguing mystery that will keep you turning the pages.
On Henry’s behest, his trusted courtier John Parker is sent to escort the king’s new painter to court. Susanna Horenbout has been given the opportunity of a lifetime, but that turns to dust when a fellow passenger dies, leaving her with a message about a French plot against the king. Susanna becomes a target for the traitors and Parker realizes she must be kept safe and her message relayed to Henry. They are swept up in uncovering who is behind the scheme and why Susanna remains a target after giving Henry the missive. Evading their enemies while unearthing information one tangled thread at a time illuminates a labyrinth of deception, treachery, jealousy and treason that could change the course of history. (GALLERY, Aug., 300 pp., $15.00)