Crooked Lane Books
On Sale: October 9, 2018
Hardcover / e-Book
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When a brutal murder threatens the sanctity of the
Elizabethan court, it’s up to a hot-tempered spy to save the
The court of Elizabeth I is no stranger to plotting and
intrigue, but the royal retinue is thrown into chaos when
the Queen’s youngest and sweetest lady-in-waiting is
murdered, her body left on the high altar of the Chapel
Royal in Whitehall Palace. Solving the murder will require
the cunning and savvy possessed by only one man. Enter
Nicholas Holt, younger brother of the Earl of Blackwell—spy,
rake, and owner of the infamous Black Sheep tavern in the
seedy district of Bankside. Nick quickly learns that working
for the Queen is a mixed blessing. Elizabeth—salty-tongued,
vain, and fiercely intelligent—can, with a glance, either
reward Nick with a purse of gold or have his head forcibly
When a second lady-in-waiting is slain at Whitehall, the
court once again reels with shock and dismay. On the trail
of a diabolical killer, Nick and his faithful sidekick—an
enormous Irish Wolfhound named Hector—are treading on
treacherous ground, and only the killer’s head on a platter
can keep them in the Queen’s good graces.
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