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  1. Murder in the Queen's Wardrobe: An Elizabethan Spy Thriller (A Mistress Jaffrey Mystery)
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  2. Murder in the Queen's Wardrobe: An Elizabethan Spy Thriller (A Mistress Jaffrey Mystery)

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A female spymaster will face mortal danger to protect her husband and her queen. . .

London, 1582: Mistress Rosamond Jaffrey, a talented and well-educated woman of independent means, is recruited by Queen Elizabeth I’s spymaster, Sir Francis Walsingham, to be lady-in-waiting to Lady Mary, a cousin of the queen. With her talent in languages and knowledge of ciphers and codes, she will be integral to the spymaster as an intelligence gatherer, being able to get close to Lady Mary just at the time when she is being courted by Russia’s Ivan the Terrible.
However, there are some nobles at court who will do anything they can to thwart such an alliance; and Rosamond soon realises the extent of the danger, when a prominent official is murdered and then an attempt is made on both her and Lady Mary’s lives. In her quest to protect her ward – and her estranged husband – Rosamond must put herself in mortal peril.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Mistress Rosamond Jaffrey is married but separated from her husband and living independently. She is wealthy, educated and intelligent as well. While she has no problem filling her days, she is now drawn into the service of Queen Elizabeth’s cousin, Lady Mary, in London in the year 1582. However, she’s not there to be a semi-servant to Lady Mary but to be a spy for the Queen’s chief spymaster, Sir Frances Walsingham, a man who knows everyone’s business and shares his knowledge sparingly if at all. Now Rosamond is to be his ears and listen to the gossip of Lady Mary and her ladies in waiting, Rosamond is not sure what she is to hear, but it doesn’t take long to realize that it seems someone is trying to arrange the marriage of Lady Mary to the Tsar of Russia, Ivan the Terrible, a tyrant whom all fear and few trust.
The mystery deepens when several murderous attempts fall on first Lady Mary and then on Rosamond herself. Lady Mary is believed to... Read more
Advance review copy from NetGalley, my opinions are my own.

Rosamond Jaffrey reluctantly takes a position as lady-in-waiting to the queen's cousin, who is being courted by Ivan the Terrible, in order to gather intelligence on the matter and help keep her estranged husband safe while he's in Russia. This is a spin-off from the author's previous historical mystery series, the Lady Appleton Mysteries, and there are some mentions of events from that series but it's still readable on it's own.

It had a good premise and was reasonable well written but there was too much about this that felt contrived and the character development wasn't great. It wasn't explained why Rosamond's husband would drop his studies and go to Russia. He didn't appear to be working for the Muscovy Company (a trading company) despite spending a lot of time at their headquarters. He didn't seem to be doing anything else there except trying to help an Englishwoman caught up in Ivan the Terrible's... Read more
I thoroughly enjoyed this historical mystery. A comfortably-off merchant's wife is persuaded to turn spy, acting as a lady in waiting to a titled young woman. Czar Ivan the Terrible is sending an emissary to woo her on his behalf. The Queen of England would need to give permission for such a marriage, but she is afraid to offend Ivan.

The fun part for me is seeing historical London, all today's districts and boroughs just outlying villages beyond the City and Tower. Life is really well described, with scents and sounds to make it vivid for the reader. The work of being a lady in waiting seems quite a boring one, but there is plenty of intrigue and danger for our intrepid heroine. Indeed, the first peril is encountered in the place where the royal gowns and robes are created and stored.

Meanwhile her husband the merchant is off in frozen Moscow, trying to do deals, survive the snow and help an Englishwoman fallen on hard times. We don't often see outside Britain... Read more
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