Murder in a Cornish Alehouse

Written by Kathy Lynn Emerson
Review by Elicia Parkinson

In June of 1584, Mistress Rosamond Jaffrey learns of the death of her stepfather, Sir Walter Pendennis, and returns to Cornwall to see to her younger half-brother and her estranged mother. When she arrives and begins looking into the death of her stepfather, she learns that his death was not caused by an accidental fall from his horse, but was in fact caused by murder. Rosamond sets out to find the truth and convince others of the cause of her stepfather’s death, but as in any good fictional thriller, the death toll continues to rise. Rosamond works with Queen Elizabeth I’s own private secretary, Sir Francis Walsingham, on her road to producing evidence of the truth behind Sir Walter’s death. Walsingham, a real character set in a fictional backdrop, turns out to be just as important in Rosamond’s efforts as he was to Queen Elizabeth I herself, protecting her from a series of plots.

In this third book in a series featuring Mistress Rosamond Jaffrey, it is not required of readers to have read the first two books to understand Rosamond’s personality. Many readers will appreciate that while Rosamond is married, she is the one in charge of her own investigation, asking for help when needed, but not requiring the help of her husband to get her out of any mess. Recommended for fans of cozy mysteries and armchair historians with a fascination with the 16th century.