Understanding full well this is a work of fiction and the author has license to weave his story as he sees fit to fit the pieces together, this installment comes off a bit syrupy compared to the first few. I don't mind stretching the imagination to have our simple country duo encounter the Great Queen Bess, however sometimes it has to be within the realm of reason. I guess that's why it's call 'An Elizabethian Mystery'.
Good story, with enough suspense and action to keep you going.
Sir John Challoner Lay in his Tomb-his Unavenged Death a Blot upon the Family Escutcheon...The coroner's verdict was death by misadventure, but to Matthew Stock and his good wife Joan-Queen Bess's secret investigators-it was clear that Sir John was murdered, for no man drowns and then climbs back into his boat. But finding the killer is thorny work. The castle servants are sullen; the neighboring gentry abusive. When someone hides the headless body of a serving maid in their chamber, even the level headed Stocks fear the strange spirit of evil that haunts the castle. Before long, the bone chilling outlines of something much deeper and darker then mere murder begin to take shape...Old Saxon Blood.
An older book, some spine creases, a bit dogearred but an excellent read in the Matthew and Joan Stock series that takes place during the first Queen Elizabeth's reign in England. A love this series and they seem to be hard to find.