I really enjoyed this book. Emerson combined a twisty, intriguing puzzle with a classic battle of the sexes. Lady Appleton goes behind her husband's back to investigate the death of a steward found "face down in a marrow-bone pie," convinced he might have been poisoned. This enrages her husband, Sir Robert, the typical Elizabethan misogynist with definite ideas about "a woman's place" (even toward his sovereign lady, Queen Elizabeth). Susanna always stays one step ahead of her husband, which irritates him to no end.
Susanna, 16th century herbalist, must identify the deadly poison that killed her husband's steward before murder occurs again.
First in the book series, wonderful introduction of characters.
An enjoyable mystery with a good, smart sleuth.