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The Fatal Fashione (Elizabeth I #8)

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In 1566, Elizabeth Tudor faces tremendous opposition from Parliament for ruling England without the help of a husband. Instead, she turns to her Privy Plot Council for help, only to discover from her royal herbalist that a woman has drowned in a tub of starch. Soon another garment worker meets the same rigid fate. Elizabeth becomes unbending in her attempts to solve the mu ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published November 28th 2006 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published 2005)
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Queen Elizabeth is at it again. This time someone is killing off people who have something to do with the new fashions, the starched collars. Instead of leaving it for the professionals, she has to get involved and risk her life. It's fascinating how even fashions were controversial to the church now and still can be today.
#8 in Karen Harper's Elizabeth I Mysteries Series. This book deals with the introduction of starched neck ruffs in the Queen's kingdom. She sets the fashion with her outfits and clothing designs and her court (and eventually her subjects) adopt her fashion trends. But with the introduction of starch (to make the ruffs' curves stand firmly on their own), has come cutthroat competition in that industry. That, and the drowning of a young woman in her own starch vat, brings the Queen's amateur sleut ...more
I'm biased because I adore this particular genre and time period, and I thoroughly enjoyed this entire series of books by Karen Harper. They are written very similarly to Fiona Buckley's Ursla Blanchard Mysteries.... almost confusingly so. This series focuses on Queen Elizabeth I, herself, solving the murders of her subjects. Absolutely fictitious activities frequent the books (Elizabeth leaving the castle in disguise to chase down clues and criminals). But, this is why it is Historical "Fiction ...more
Before I became fully immersed in history, I was a historical-fiction buff (and still read such books from time-to-time). Karen Harper's books tend to keep me entertained while still learning factual information, but sadly: not this time. The Elizabeth Mystery series is slightly to elementary and hardly provides a Tudor insight. Basically, it is more of a "regular, old fiction" book but merely with Elizabeth cast as the lead role. Think of this as mindless entertainment: good to read if you want ...more
I have been very impressed with this series by Karen Harper. This was another good mystery with history woven in skillfully.
I have loved this series from the beginning, and this was the last one I had to read. Another great read, loved every second of it. I tell you what, the scene with the young girls on the river was totally book gripping, can't put this down, oh no, what's gonna happen next. Harper keeps you guessing on who the killer is.
Judi Rohrig
This was a terrifically told story that I enjoyed very much. I loved all the Elizabeth I mysteries by Karen Harper. I don't believe she's writing them any more, which is sad. She really drove me into seeking more about Elizabeth I.
Kind of a silly idea, I know, the queen of England as an amateur detective. But still, it was a fun light read and I was actually surprised that I enjoyed it as much as I did.
This isn't brand new, and I'm working through the series. If you like strong characters in history as detectives, this is a good series and well researched.
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Mar 08, 2013 Melinda Seyler rated it 2 of 5 stars
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A mystery set in Elizabethan England with Elizabeth I as the "detective". Right. If you can get over that you may like the book.
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I liked this series at first but now it is pretty much the same thing every book. Probably won't read next book.
Eh, not nearly as good as her earlier books. Hoping for more with her next.
Tessa Eger
Strains believability sometimes, all the things the Queen gets up to...
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Loved the historical detail, but the mystery was a bit lackluster.
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A New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Karen Harper is a former college English instructor (The Ohio State University) and high school literature and writing teacher. A lifelong Ohioan, Karen and her husband Don divide their time between the midwest and the southeast, both locations she has used in her books. Besides her American settings, Karen loves the British Isles, where her Scott ...more
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