It is the crowning day of twenty-five-year-old Bess Tudor's
life as she returns from exile to become England's queen.
But even as her magnificent procession wends its way to
Westminster Palace, a shot rings out, muffled by the
Within moments of becoming England's
ruler, Elizabeth learns of the brutal murder of a highborn
lady of the court, the sister of one of her dearest friends.
Elizabeth cannot refuse her friend's request to find the
killer -- especially since the prime suspect is too close to
the crown -- and her friends -- to
Elizabeth must be circumspect. Trust can be
deadly. So she summons her small band of loyal retainers and
plunges into a cauldron of conflicting loyalties and deadly
From the pomp, pageantry, and insidious
gossip of the court to the lethal tidal pools swirling under
London Bridge, the passionate young queen must seize the
reins of her empire -- and find a killer determined to
destroy the crown itself....