Face Down Beside St. Anne's Well: A Lady Appleton Mystery

Kathy Lynn Emerson, Author . Perseverance $13.95 (231p) ISBN 978-1-880284-82-7

Set in Buxton, Derbyshire, in 1575, the 10th entry in Emerson's Elizabethan historical series (Face Down Under the Wych Elm , etc.) smoothly mixes engaging characters, political intrigue, period customs and crime. Rosamond Appleton, the impetuous 12-year-old foster daughter of Susanna, Lady Appleton, is horrified when she learns that her French tutor, Madame Louise Poitier, has drowned face down in St. Anne's Well. Unable to accept the crowner's ruling of accidental death, Rosamond calls on Lady Appleton to investigate. Conspiracies and murders surrounding the imprisonment of Mary Stuart, the abdicated queen of Scots, complicate the process, but Lady Appleton and her friend and housekeeper, Jennet Jaffrey, as ever rise to the occasion. Those readers who need help keeping the characters straight can refer to a list at the front. There's also a glossary of unfamiliar Elizabethan words. (Apr.)

Reviewed on: 02/06/2006
Release date: 04/01/2006
Genre: Fiction
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