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The Queene's Cure (Elizabeth I #4)

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Karen Harper’s crowd-pleasing Elizabeth I Mystery series, hailed as “extraordinary” by the Los Angeles Times, continues with this marvelous, majestic novel. The Queene’s Cure transports us into the shadowy world of sixteenth-century medicine, as an enlightened young queen seeks the cures that could heal a realm and transform a land....

In late summer of 1562, within a bedc
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published March 26th 2002 by Delacorte Press (first published 2002)
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What a silly book =). But it was quite good for a day of travelling back after holidays and hopping from train to train, as it didn't require a lot of thought and I could dibble in and out. As a crime mystery, it is screamingly obvious, but there is a moment towards the end when I was concerned for her majesty's safety - he he. With all the silly crime fiction out there, there couldn't not be Queen Elizabeth I detective... with her private privy council, her detective squad that she sends out on ...more
I picked this up on a whim - I mean, a murder mystery series with Elizabeth I as a main character?! I was so pleasantly surprised. The first few in this series were not available to me so I jumped in here and don't feel I suffered too much for it. There is a core cast of characters in place, mostly based on known people from Elizabeth's inner circle. The historic details and setting were very well done and did an excellent job of transporting the reader to Elizabethan England. The story was insp ...more
I've just finished this book and I must say that this is the best (so far) of the author's Elizabeth I's books! It is 1562 and the Queen's surrogate "mother", Kat Ashley, is seriously ill. A German physician is called in as a last hope when the Queen's physicians can do no more. He manages to retrieve Kat from the jaws of death with his "new" techniques. And so we are introduced to the world of 16th century medicine at a time when a smallpox epidemic was considered the work of a wrathful God. He ...more
First sentence: "She mustn't die."

Queen Elizabeth is having trouble with her Royal College of Physicians. Her subjects are at the mercy of disease and pestilence and England's physicians are lagging behind the continent in medical knowledge. Leaving the college, Elizabeth finds a pox-marked effigy of herself in the royal carriage. Taking it as a threat to herself, Elizabeth is determined to find who is responsible before the effigy's prophecy comes true.

I have to say this is probably my favorite
Dec 14, 2008 Cera rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I found this less satisfying than the previous books because one of the plots in the book seemed to anticipate germ theory by a few hundred years. It is _entirely possible_ that there really was a proto-germ-theory going around in Elizabethan times that died out due to inability to prove it, or all the upset of the English Civil War, or any number of other reasons. But it flung me out of the book and left me going 'Hey, wait a minute...' which was unsatisfying.

Also, the level of physical peril t
Aug 12, 2012 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't expect to like this so much. The history is good and the mystery keeps you guessing. Queen Elizabeth is searching for a way to keep her constituents healthy in a time when medical was all about leeches and lancets. Along the way, there are people who wish to see her off the throne and go to extreme lengths to make it happen. The cast of suspects are many - the doctors from the Royal Medical College, courtiers that have been dismissed from court, and members of her own family from the St ...more
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Jan 20, 2016 Anne Rasset rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
Karen Harper's The Queene's Cure, set in Queen Elizabeth I's court, is an engaging and entertaining read. The mystery begins when a mysterious effigy, made to look like the queen, shows up in her coach. If that weren't bad enough, it is made to look as if it is scarred by smallpox--Elizabeth's greatest fear. Meg Milligrew, the court's former apothecary, has been banished from the court for hiding her marriage, and much of the action revolves around her new life and her wish to be back in the que ...more
Nov 17, 2008 Moonmomie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Terri Lyons
Enjoyed the historical elements, particularly the notion of "medicine" in Elizabethan England but I had a hard time reconciling a 27 year old Elizabeth as an amateur detective. She certainly was brilliant enough, extremely well read, and very much a control freak - all of which would lead her to be very interested in any crimes/murders that would impact on her, her crown and England but, really, sneaking out in the middle of the night to detect??? When would she have had the time?
Once again Queen Elizabeth is searching for the clues to a murder. She does not involve Meg, but she is in the picture as she has medecines which help them figure out what is going on. It is always interesting to find out the daily life of the times, the ideas, prejudices, etc. while reading a story.
Apr 09, 2009 Jody rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I truly enjoyed this book about London & Queen Elizabeth the 1st. The pompous doctors in this book come across quite well. Elizabeth is right to fear that someone is trying to not only frighten her but to give her smallpox. She and her Privy Plot Council work to find out who is trying to upset the crown of England. Karen Harper makes Elizabethan England come alive in this series.
Jan 27, 2012 Lalla rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is an excellent read. The book is filled with many historical details while it follows Queen Elizabeth and her trusted circle of servants and courtiers as they try to solve a plot to end her reign on the throne.
Jan 01, 2012 Julia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this speculation of disease theory in Elizabethan time and appreciated that the author did research in doctor's books of the era. Not necessary to know if it is absolutely conceivable because this is Fictional, after all. Great Historical fiction!
Dec 14, 2008 Jami rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
UGGH! Another book I won from the library- this one was awfullll....maybe i should have signed up for military history..
Mar 13, 2011 Heidi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Elizabeth 1 mystery #4---about the demented undertakings of a Dr from the Royal College of Physicians placing effigies and infecting the queen with the pox
Sep 21, 2009 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
lovely characters, beautiful writing, interesting plot. haven't finished yet, but am enjoying, esp historical lore.
Diane Heath
This "episode" in the Elizabethan mysteries explains how Meg returns to the Queen's service. It is an interesting look at the state of medicine in Tudor England.
Bettie Lindley
The series is a fascinating look at Elizabethan England using the scaffold of mystery. It also has interesting feminist outlooks.
Nov 04, 2011 Barbara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Higly amusing story, not very believable due to the choice of characters and the way they behave which they wouldn't in that time, but still highly amusing.
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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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