The Hooded Hawke

The Hooded Hawke

An Elizabeth I Mystery

Book - 2007
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The popular sports and games of the queen's realm, unfortunately, include treachery, treason, and murder.  Elizabeth and her court depart London for a summer progress replete with great manor houses, rural receptions, outdoor repasts, forbidden romance, and games and sport. By royal command, the young Francis Drake joins the entourage. A ship's captain in his pre-glory days, he is desperate for Her Majesty's approval, and she is disconcerted to discover that she desires his admiration as well. However, someone's idea of games and sport includes shooting crossbows and longbows at the queen and her captain. As bodies and clues pile up, the mystery and dangers deepen like the surrounding forests. Both Drake and the queen have cousins they cannot trust who may want them dead. Elizabeth struggles to keep up a bold front for the cheering crowds and her watchful courtiers, but what terrifies her most is that her rival, Mary Queen of Scots, does not play by the rules. With Elizabeth's coterie of friends, Elizabeth must fearlessly confront her foes before she loses both her crown and her head.
Publisher: Thomas Dunne,� 2007
ISBN: 9780312338879
0312338872
Branch Call Number: AF HARP

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ApollosRaven
Aug 16, 2017

This is the 9th book in Harper's series, the "Elizabeth I mysteries". Mary Queen of Scots is just a "guest" of the English queen in the late summer of 1569, but rumors of a rebellion to overthrow Elizabeth and crown Mary queen of the English are sweeping the North. The murder (by crossbow) of one of her attendants forces Elizabeth to begin a dangerous "progress" in the hope of bringing her enemy out of the shadows. Harper's research on 16th century English life and her depiction of a royal progress are fascinating. Fans of the series will find the queen's trusted servants - Meg, Ned, and Jenks - her "privy council" when she's on a murderer's trail, joined by sea captain Francis Drake in this volume. Is the "Hooded Hawke" out to murder Elizabeth, or Drake?

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