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The Thorne Maze (Elizabeth I #5)

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The vibrant pageant of Elizabethan England comes vividly alive in Karen Harper's fifth novel in her acclaimed Elizabeth I mystery series. In the gardens of Hampton Court, Elizabeth proudly shows a famed visitor her huge maze. But the intricate labyrinth soon becomes a scene of horror as Elizabeth herself is attacked and the visitor is murdered within its leafy dead ends. U ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published October 19th 2003 by Minotaur Books (first published February 14th 2003)
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Another awesome, well done Elizabeth I mystery! Elizabeth finds herself attacked in her Thorne Maze one evening during a masquerade, while waiting for her would be love, Robert. She immediately pulls together her Privy Plot Council to start investigating what seems to be a ghost murderer who has a notion for Mazes. Cecil's wife, Mildred, becomes a suspect along with her dear Kat who's suffering from dementia. All this during plague time in London which has Elizabeth's court on the move from the ...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
First sentence: "Even on this day, damned death so near..." William Cecil whispered to himself, but the queen overheard him as she walked just ahead.

The band is back together again. Queen Elizabeth and her court are spending the summer at Hampton Court to escape the danger of the plague in London. Unfortunately, not every danger has stayed in London. After Elizabeth herself is attacked in the hedge maze and the next day a body is found in the same maze, there is another mystery on hand for the
I read this out of order--without reading any of the other books in the series. I felt it easy to catch on to the characters. I loved the historical references and the author's note with details about the history. The main critique I have concerns how long it took the plot to progress to find the killer. I would have liked a little more depth.
I have really enjoyed reading the series of books by Karen Harper on Queen Elizabeth the 1st - Queen and solver of mysteries.
I think I may have enjoyed this book most of all.
A distinguished visitor is found murdered within the famous maze of Hampton court. The Queen herself is attacked. When later on, yet another person is found dead, the Queen decides she must find out if the person doing the killing is after her, or has another purpose. It is difficult to do some of the dectecting because the
Some light enjoyable reading after some heavier books. I like the historical figures in this series of crime novels featuring Elizabeth I as the amateur sleuth.
I'm glad I decided to stick with this series b/c I really enjoyed this one. It seemed to move along and it grabbed my attention. Even having skipped three in the series (not at my library), I don't feel as though I've missed pertinent information. One thing that I do find irksome is how prolonged the encounter is between Elizabeth and the "bad guy" at the end. I do realize the entire premise is far-fetched so I shouldn't nitpick, but I found myself thinking, "Oh, come on! You're killing me here! ...more
Even though an attempt is made on the life of Queen Elizabeth in the first quarter of the book, the story and the characters just didn't hold any interest for me.

I found the story dull and slow-moving, and the writing was a bit over-blown with too much description. There were so many descriptors in most of the sentences, I found myself having to go back and re-read some, skipping the extraneous adverbs and adjectives just to get the actual content of the sentence.

This one did not grab me at all
Intriguing garden mazes with a murderer on the loose! #5 in the Elizabeth I Mysteries by local author, Karen Harper. Bear in mind, the series is MUCH better if you start with book #1 and read them in order! In this book, the queen is nearly assassinated, her cousin shows a vicious side, and her long-time favorite is slowly drifting into a state similar to Alzheimer's disease. I especially like the way the author brings up possible childhood memories of the Queen and shows how they may have affec ...more
Diane Heath
This is one of the later mysteries in this series. They take place during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. In this case,the Queen and her court have left plague filled London yet death stalks them as someone attacks Elizabeth and kills 2 of her subjects. I look forward to reading the mysteries I have found from this set and also to locating the earlier mysteries.
Although I’m not a big fan of the mystery genre I was quickly pulled in to this story. I loved the historical references and found myself wanting to be part of their world. After making it to the surprising end I vow to indulge in another of Elizabeth’s mysteries.
I love english history, love the Tudors, love mysteries but I couldn't buy Queen Elizabeth as a detective. The writing seemed really stiff and unnatural to me, too much melodrama. No thanks to more in this series.
Oh my gosh---such a slow book I could have cried. Except I kept falling asleep. No more Elizabeth I Mysteries for me...
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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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