Poison, Your Grace
In the second book of her Simon and Elizabeth series, Peg Herring pits Lady Elizabeth Tudor, sister of King Edward VI, and her devoted friend, Simon, against those who would harm both king and sister. In apothecary Simon Maldon, Herring has created a likeable sleuth who leads the reader through the labyrinthine facts surrounding a series of mysterious murders within the very walls of the castle. As the young king’s poor health continues to worry his sister, the mounting pile of bodies points to Elizabeth herself as the possible murderess. Introducing Simon’s feisty fiancée, Hannah, as detective, Herring injects humor and fun into the process.
Herring’s Tudor England is rich in description and filled with the intrigue and ambition rife at the court. She leads a merry chase as the reader follows Lady Elizabeth and Simon through the royal halls of intrigue.