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Keeper of the King's Secrets (Susanna Horenbout and John Parker #2)

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A priceless jewel. A royal court rife with intrigue. A secret deal, where the price of truth could come too high . . .

The personal artist to King Henry Tudor, Susanna Horenbout is sought by the queen and ladies of the court for her delicate, skilled portraits. But now someone from her past is pulling her into a duplicitous game where the consequence of failure is war. Soo
Paperback, 304 pages
Published April 3rd 2012 by Gallery Books
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Stephanie (Bookfever.♥)
Although I am so interested in history I do not read historical fiction books a lot. I just don't know many books in that genre that are actually good. The most historical fiction books I have read are Michelle Diener's books and oh how I love her writing and storytelling. It's more than amazing to read her books.

It's hard to say if I like Keeper of the King's secrets more than the first book so I won't compare them. I guess I liked them both equally. But I must say in this one Susanna steps it
Rick F.
"A priceless jewel. A royal court rife with intrigue. A secret deal, where the price of truth could come too high . . .
The personal artist to King Henry Tudor, Susanna Horenbout is sought by the queen and ladies of the court for her delicate, skilled portraits. But now someone from her past is pulling her into a duplicitous game where the consequence of failure is war. Soon, Susanna and her betrothed, the King’s most dangerous courtier, are unraveling a plot that would shatter Europe. And at th
After thoroughly enjoying In a Treacherous Court, I couldn't wait to get my hands on the sequel, Keeper of the King's Secrets. Picking up not longer after Treacherous Court left off, Keeper continues the adventures of the spirited artist Susanna Horenbout and her betrothed John Parker. This time, Susanna embarks on an intriguing mystery to discover who stole the Mirror of Naples. A priceless jewel in the king's treasury, the Mirror of Naples was rumored to have been given to Henry VIII by his si ...more
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Amy R
This was the second book in a series with In a Treacherous Court as the first book. I liked this one even better. I think this is partly because I knew the characters this time and could keep up with everyone’s relationship. But, I also just loved the story in this one. Michelle does a fantastic job of storytelling, too. She gives you enough information to know a little more than the characters at times, but not enough to ruin the mystery for you. Just like her last book there are several villai ...more
Pamela Mingle
I just finished reading KEEPER OF THE KING’S SECRETS, by Michelle Diener. This was the second book about Susanna Horenbout and John Parker, a courtier to Henry VIII. Susanna is an artist in the king’s service. She and Parker are betrothed. As in the first book, IN A TREACHEROUS COURT, the two manage to face down danger while foiling the plans of those who would go to any length to achieve their goals.

One of my favorite scenes in the book occurs early, when Susanna is called upon to illuminate a
Edie Ramer
This is a book I'll read more than once. It has so much: suspense, history, mystery, a love story. And two of the greatest leads I've read in a book for a long time. There are more than one villain. Two were real men of power in the king's court. One villain I think is fictional, though he seemed very real, very scary and very interesting. I won't leave any spoilers about the ending, so I'll just say it left me breathless!

Though this is the second in a series, anyone reading it first shouldn't h
I was lucky enough to win this book on I really enjoyed this book! I haven't read historical fiction that made one of the main characters a woman with brains and power. Susanna and Parker, the heroes of the story, were written as "real" people with dreams and ambitions that we of the 21st century can understand. The historical facts were followed while allowing room for fiction to flourish. The only problem with the book is that the spies of the three warring factions of the book ...more
Although I usually enjoy reading series of books, I think that this is one I will not continue with. I wanted a little more romance with my history when I read this. Again, characters and relationships seemed flat and one-dimensional, and Diener tells the reader what the characters are feeling and thinking instead of showing.
Carrie Slager
[Full disclosure: I received a free print copy from Michelle Diener in exchange for an honest review.]

After the awesome novel that was In a Treacherous Court, I decided that I desperately needed to read the rest of Susanna Horenbout and John Parker’s story. After all, there’s still plenty of intrigue coming up in the court of Henry VIII at this point in time.

Michelle Diener didn’t disappoint with this sequel. Compared to her debut novel (which was good) this one is even better simply because of
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Venetia Green
compulsively readable - this book will throw you into Tudor England and you'll never want to emerge!
Misty Rayburn
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My thoughts:
This book is a mix of things, first we have historical fiction, and it feels to be on the lighter side, then we got a bit of romance. But most of the book is suspense/mystery. And it certainly works well, set in Tudor England as it is and filled with court intrigues. The book is part 2 of a series and sure it could work on its own, but still it would be better to read book 1 and see how they met. But yes I guess it could be read on its own too, they way its made up should make that p
Stephanie Tracy
This was the second in Michelle Diener's series, starting with "In a Treacherous Court." I read that one a few months ago, and I have to say I liked it more than this newer one. I found the details in this novel to drag on, and (maybe it's just me) but I feel like the author's writing style isn't always clear. Sometimes I'll be reading and all of a sudden a new character has been introduced and I've completely missed it. There are a lot of action scenes in her books, which is fine, IF you explai ...more
I enjoyed Keeper of the King's Secrets quite a bit. It was a fairly quick read - it probably took me three hours cover to cover - but it was a very fast-paced plot. I believe the entire story takes place in the space of a week, but honestly, it seemed like less time.

The plot is a little convoluted, but is based around real-life historical figures in the Tudor era of medieval England. The setting alone is fascinating. I love mysteries set historically, without the advantages of DNA testing and su
guineviere ann
**I won this book through goodreads. I’m really grateful that I was chosen but I’m sorry, I didn’t really enjoy it.

Honestly I expected more from the book and I have to admit, I’ve never read the first sequel. I knew about it but I just didn’t pick it up.

I liked how it was an easy, fast paced book and I was able to read every single page in two hours. The cover looked really nice and attractive and that there were a lot of characters inside. The storyline –the plot/idea- was really good as well.
This is the second book about Susanna Horenbout by Ms. Diener. The first. In a Treacherous Court set up her story and had her meeting her betrothed, John Parker. In this installment Susanna sees an old family friend - a diamond cutter - and calls to him. Instead of being happy to see her, he tries to kill her. This sets off a series of events that has Susanna and John working to safeguard one of King Henry's most prized jewels - the Mirror of Naples. The book pulls in famous characters from the ...more
After my first meeting with Diener's work, I couldn't wait to dive into this book. I wasn't disappointed. From the first page I was hooked to Susanna's story and there is more than enough action to keep it fast-paced and interesting 'till the end.

Susanna is attacked by Jens, an old friend of her family. This activates a chain of events she never suspected. Jens was working for Wolsey and now the Mirror of Napels - one of the King's favorite piece of jewelery - is gone. The keeper of the
Well I picked this book up just to check it out and ended up staying up all night reading it! I won this book on goodreads from firstreads, and had put it in my to-read from goodreads pile and couldn't help myself, and picked it up. This book has everything in perfect proportion! A little murder, mystery, and love story. I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars hands down! I do recommend reading book 1 in the series before starting this one, however. I wished I had read the first book before this one, ...more
Jenny Schwartz
Michelle Diener set the bar high in her debut book, In a Treacherous Court This time we're not getting to know Susanna and John. They're involved and the romance is less the journey to love than the journey of adjusting to what loving one another means -- in this case, with John being who he is, that means lots of danger!

The historical setting is brought vividly to life. The characters feel modern enough to understand their sensibilities, yet the court intrigue is there, shaping everything.

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Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
This is a pretty good book and sequel. It takes place not too long after the first book. It looks like Susanna and Parker are now in another mystery. This time investigating the disappearance of a missing jewel. The descriptions and pace was good. The ending and author's note was also interesting.
Susanna and John return for another adventure as they try to stop a group of people from stealing something that is precious to King Henry. I Even though not much time had transpired since the events of book there appeared to be a lack of passion in this one.
Great continuation of this set of characters. Susanna has grown as a character, she is not afraid to get her hands dirty and will do anything to protect Parker.
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Good story, good characters, good history. It's just that the focus is so much on the mystery that we get little development of the characters themselves and their relationships. Considering the shortness of the book (only about 280 pages of actual story) I feel like there could have been more exploration into the main characters' relationship or into secondary characters' lives. Just because the first book established a lot of that doesn't mean it has to all fall by the wayside from now on.

I love the mix of fiction and history that Michelle Diener uses in her books. I am fascinated with the Tudor Dynasty and absolutely love how she brings them back to life. I find her books 'easy' reads because I get through them so quickly, but they are by no means dull or written for a lower reading level. This book was the continuation of 'In A Treacherous Court' so make sure you read that one first or you will be lost as she doesn't really recap what happened in the previous book. I like these ...more
Dana Nelson
Though not as romantic as the first book in the series, still a great tale! I thoroughly enjoy Susanna and Parker!
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Feb 15, 2015 11:27AM  
  • The Secret Keeper: A Novel of Kateryn Parr (Ladies in Waiting #2)
  • The Queen's Pleasure
  • Shakespeare's Lady
  • Mistress of Mourning
  • At the King's Pleasure  (Secrets of the Tudor Court, #4 )
  • The Flower Reader
  • The Sumerton Women
  • The Borgia Mistress (The Poisoner Mysteries, #3)
  • The Queen's Rival (In the Court of Henry VIII, #3)
  • The Queen's Promise
  • The King's Daughter (Thornleigh, #2)
  • Lady Jane Grey
  • The Queen's Secret
  • The Queen's Sorrow
  • By The King's Design
  • Elizabeth and the Prince of Spain (Elizabeth Trilogy, #3)
  • A Gentleman Says "I Do" (The Rogues' Dynasty, #5)
Michelle Diener writes historical fiction, science fiction and fantasy. Having worked in publishing and IT, she's now very happy crafting new worlds and interesting characters and wondering which part of the world she can travel to next.

Michelle was born in London, grew up in South Africa and currently lives in Australia with her husband and two children.

When she's not writing, or driving her kids
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Other Books in the Series

Susanna Horenbout and John Parker (4 books)
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  • Dangerous Sanctuary  (Susanna Horenbout and John Parker, #1.5)
  • In Defense of the Queen (Susanna Horenbout & John Parker, #3)
The Emperor's Conspiracy In a Treacherous Court (Susanna Horenbout and John Parker, #1) Dark Horse Banquet of Lies The Golden Apple (The Dark Forest, #1)

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