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Betrayal (Lady Grace Mysteries #2)

3.98  ·  Rating Details ·  1,248 Ratings  ·  64 Reviews
Now that Lady Grace is the Queen’s secret “Lady Pursuivant”—a title normally reserved for those who pursue wrongdoers of the Crown—she can hardly believe that a new mystery has fallen in her lap. But what else can it be when Lady Sarah, a fellow lady-in-waiting known for her fancy clothes and hoity-toity attitude, is missing and feared kidnapped by the dashing Captain Drak ...more
ebook, 208 pages
Published May 14th 2009 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers (first published 2004)
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Jun 23, 2013 Audra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was Awesome!!!!!! I love the time era and how it fits into the mysteries
An Odd1
Feb 10, 2015 An Odd1 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action
I'm hooked. Grace has fun. Her diary "Dayebooks" go the extra mile in smaller size with scratchy quill font phrases. Titles are single word plot summaries.

Since I was mistaken for a boy even as a long-haired blonde teen, I enjoy stories where such mis-identification is sought on purpose, and leads to adventure. One, rather long and complicated, is Terry Pratchett's Monstrous Regiment . Scott Westerfeld's steampunk Leviathan series may be preferable https
Lucy Harding
Sep 25, 2014 Lucy Harding rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
1. I decided to read it because it was a mystery book and it was related to England history, and I don’t know much about history so I thought it might tell me a bit.

2. I found the character Queen Elizabeth interesting. Queen Elizabeth is the queen of England and she is quite close with Grace (the main character). I found her interesting because even though she was the queen and everyone assumed that she acted like a normal royal person, she knew that Grace was sneaking out and she didn’t tell an
Apr 01, 2009 Rebecca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book in the Lady Grace Mysteries series, about Lady Grace Cavendish, a thirteen-year-old Maid of Honour at the court of Queen Elizabeth I.

When Lady Sarah, a fellow Maid of Honor to Queen Elizabeth I, disappears, apparently having eloped with the dashing young Captain Drake, thirteen-year-old Lady Grace Cavendish takes it upon herself to discover the truth of Lady Sarah's whereabouts. Her discoveries lead her to believe that rather than leaving of her own free will, Lady Sarah
It's a fun second mystery, if even more unbelievable when Grace ends up posing as a boy on Francis Drake's privateer ship in order to rescue another Maid of Honour from a kidnapping. I liked her character development.

The historical note was awesome, as Queen Elizabeth really did keep intelligent females as companions in her court as she used potential marriage as a political chip without ever committing. It is also sad as it very quickly details the deaths and intrigues of Henry VIII's wives and
Small Review
Read pretty young, took a while to get going, and the big problem was pretty simple. Great for MG target age group.
Oct 01, 2007 Toughlove rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
The book Betrayal by Grace Cavendish is one book in the Lady Grace Mysteries. The main characters in the book are Grace, Sarah, and Mary. They are all Maid of Honors to the Queen Elizabeth, and stay in the palace with the queen. The story is written as Graces day booke, in 1569, in Greenwich, England. It starts off a little boring, but then when Lady Sarah meets Captain Drake, they start to flirt and like each other. When Captain Drake is going to take off, everyone realizes that Sarah isn’t ar ...more
Sandra Strange
If you need a historical novel that teaches about the court and times of Queen Elizabeth I, this series will provide you with delightful reading, purportedly from the “daybook” of Lady Grace Cavendish, 13-year-old (at the beginning of the series) maid of honor to the queen. This plucky modern-seeming heiress, orphaned and raised in the court, along with her friends, a young court acrobat/juggler and one of the laundry girls, investigate mysteries to aid their monarch, reveal the villains, and ai ...more
Aug 07, 2007 Jennie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lady Sarah has run off and eloped with a sea captain! But when Lady Grace looks at the letter Sarah left behind, she knows it isn’t in Sarah’s handwriting. Maybe she really didn’t run away. Maybe she was kidnaped. Maybe she was kidnaped by pirates! In order to rescue her, Grace cuts off all her hair and dresses like a boy to explore Francis Drake’s ship with Massou. But then, the boat launches and Grace and Massou are trapped at sea and their ship is going into battle! Will Grace ever get back t ...more
Sarah Richards
This series of books is very cleverly constructed. The titles progress by the letters of the alphabet as well as by theme. Another feature i found fantastic and have noted in a few other books is the glossary at the end of each book. I think this is a great way for a book to be educational and entertaining. I cannot recall how many times I question what a word means and then never get around to looking it up. Whereas, these books are classified as children's literature, I found them to be very e ...more
Lady Entropy
The mystery this time around wasn't as interesting as the previous, but seeing I read the third book already, I know the author gets better and better at it, so I look forward to the next volumes.

This time around, they're on a ship, trying to find what happened to Lady Sarah. It ends up being less a mystery and more an adventure, but I still liked the care and work that went into crafting both the adventures and giving information about Francis Drake and life aboard a ship.

Still, I think I can r
Jun 30, 2009 Heidi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"This is the second book in the excellent young adult, historical fiction, mystery series that is really written by Patricia Finney. Finney puts together the excellent historical research she uses for her adult books and makes a wonderful entry-level series for young readers interested in historical fiction. The heroine is great, the plot entertains, and there is some lovely humor sprinkled throughout. I enjoyed these as an adult reader as a quick read, and I think others would too. Highly recom ...more
Lady Knight
I love the Grace Cavendish mysteries! They may be children's books, but they are well written, have likeable characters, and decent plots. I would highly recommend them to any child fan of mysteries or even those older who aren't too proud to be caught reading a children's book!

Grace is quite happy being a maid of honour to Elizabeth I, but she longs to fulfill her role as Lady Pursuivant! So when it appears that Lady Sarah has gotten herself kidnapped by the dastardly Captain Drake, she and Mas
Dec 24, 2015 Nigel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens-ya
A thrilling adventure set in the Elizabethan Court, with Lady Grace Cavendish, one of the Queen's Maids of Honour, caught up in a turbulent episode when one of her fellow Ladies becomes inappropriately involved with a certain Captain Drake, and then vanishes. Can Grace rescue the missing girl with her honour intact without getting blown up at sea or, worse, rising the wrath of the Queen? Fast-paced and inventive, this packs a lot into its short length. Finney is utterly at home in the world of E ...more
Jul 16, 2013 Leah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Older Children/Teens into Mysteries
Recommended to Leah by: The front cover enticed me
Shelves: childrens
Again, I felt fairly neutral over this book. I felt the story-line was better in the previous book, yet found this one better written and included more.

The mystery was a fun follow, especially as it turns from elopment to abduction! It just lacked the energy and was a bit of a tedious read. I loved the characters and their relationships, and that was what kept me going in this series.

I felt it was a bit of a lame story and that Grace was quite crazy to cut of all her hair just to search for a f
The second book in the Lady Grace mysteries. In this book Lady Sarah is kidnapped by a dashing sea captin and Grace has to save her and her reputation.
I remembered this book better than I remembered Assasin. Probably because the twists and story were very creative. It sets the tone for the rest of the Lady Grace mysteries in that not all of them would be the same. I loved the setting and the clues to how Grace figures out the culpret.
Still an awsome series and I will continue to reread them.
Feb 29, 2012 Rosey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The second book in the Lady Grace Mysteries series is an excellent continuation of the series after the Queen has dubbed Grace her Lady Pursuivant. This book follows the adventures of when Lady Sarah is abducted by a dastardly sea captain who wants to force her to marry him.
In order to save Lady Sarah's reputation, Lady Grace and Masou join Sir Francis Drake's crew.
All aboard for a tale of a tale of adventure on the high seas!
Russell Hall
Lady Grace Cavendish stumbles into her second mystery in this delightful tale. Her sour and self absorbed chamber mate is missing. Her good friend Ellie is ill and Grace is ready to solve both problems with a little help from her other Chamber mate, Mary. Aided by her tumbling friend, Masou, Grace sails full wind in this swashbuckling tale of kidnap to rescue Sarah and return to the palace before anyone knows what is afoot!
Nov 30, 2011 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s
The writing style threw me to begin with. Plus it's been a while since I read the first book. I find it such fun to read though once I get into it. It's definitely for younger readers. I'm enjoying watching the characters progress. The mystery is good fun too. It's also based on an actual historical time, which makes it even more fun. I don't know of another historical novel series for young readers.

I definitely recommend it.
Bella1602 Bella Serrao
This is a very nice book with funny scratchy quill phrases. I love mysteries and this one had me hooked. I loved how you know who left a clever little notice and how the author planted little clues and when it was ready the clue sprung up like a plant and then your suspicion was confirmed. This book is amazing and the only reason I give it a 4 is because it is not nearly as good as my favourites but is very close.
Charlotte Osborn-bensaada
Told in diary style by a 13 year old Maid of Honor for the first Queen Elizabeth, the Lady Grace Mysteries provide a spunky hero and period context, especially terms for which there is a glossary provided at the back. Betrayal takes Grace out to sea as she pursues the kidnapping of one of her fellow maids of honor by a dishonorable sea captain who wants to marry her. The historical figure, Sir Francis Drake makes an entry into the story as the gallant sea captain that Grace firs suspects.
Jun 25, 2013 Dani rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lady Grace is back, when one of the Maids of Honour is suspected to have "run away" Grace suspects foul play. With the help of her friend Masou she disguises herself as a boy and sneaks aboard a ship to find the missing lady.

WARNING! NOT FOR THOSE YOU HATE/DISLIKE: Elizabethan Era, mysteries, ships, girls disguising themselves as boys, Queen Elizabeth
Nian Henderson
Nov 03, 2014 Nian Henderson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 8-12
Recommended to Nian by: me
Shelves: ive-read
I love this book if you think old books are boring you have another thing coming. When you read this book you will be taken on a adventure so exciting that you'll take back every bad word you've said about this book. Its kind of like a different form of Mulan the best book in the series and in my world the best book in the world.
Aug 23, 2008 Kit rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I spoke too soon when I said there was no dressing up like a boy in this series, as you can see from the cover. But this is another great mystery with real historical characters, and Grace and her friends Ellie and Massou are the best kind of kid detectives, acting like real kids yet solving the case.
Mar 14, 2014 Orchid rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Betrayal was an excellent follow-up in the Lady Grace Mysteries. So far, this has been one of the most entertaining historical fiction series I’ve read in some time.

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The least believable of the Lady Grace Cavendish mysteries, this one is absolutely the most fun. The more ludicrous it gets, the more delightful the writing and the more suited to its audience. Seriously, just good stuff.
Alice Foster
Jun 25, 2014 Alice Foster rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely loved this book and the rest of the series! they entranced my young mind and the story of these mysteries in Elizabethan England is exiting and adds a bit of interesting history to the book.
Oct 14, 2008 B rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The 2nd in the Grace Cavendish mysteries for kids. This time, Grace, a lady in waiting to Queen Elizabeth attempts to rescue the kidnapped Sarah, another lady in waiting. She ends up on Francis Drake's vessel as a boy. Exciting, full of historical detail. Resourceful 13 year old.
Boo A-c
Jul 17, 2014 Boo A-c rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a fantastic book. Fun and entertaining. Grace is an amazing character who is ingenious, clever and entertaining.
For Fans of: female detectives, Period pieces, adventure
What Next: Kitty Peck and The Music Hall Murders, The Sally Lockhart Mysteries, The Sisters 8 books.
Raley Rose
Lovely! A wonderful sequel to Assassin. I was captured for hours reveling in Lady Graces travels among cats and cabin boys. A good read for young teens but adults may find it slightly tedious. As I myself am a young teen, I thoroughly enjoyed this.
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