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Face Down Beneath The Eleanor Cross (Susanna, Lady Appleton #4)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  185 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Susanna, Lady Appleton, has been mourning the supposed death of her husband Robert. Yet a coded message instructs Susanna to meet him in a London alehouse. When he does not appear, and a disguised Robert turns up dead beneath the Eleanor Cross, Lady Appleton is accused of the crime--and will hang unless she finds the true killer.
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published March 11th 2000 by Minotaur Books (first published 2000)
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Nancy H
Apr 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was so good, I read it in one day! It is a great Renaissance mystery and part of an excellent series featuring Lady Susannah Appleton. Lady Susannah solves the mysteries in each one of these stories, until in this one, she herself is accused of murder and must try to find a way to prove her innocence, a nearly impossible feat.
Very readable and interesting. Lots of suspense (well, in a muted way) right up until the last chapter. I like the character of Susanna Appleton and the relationships she has with the people around her. I see some characters exiting and new ones being introduced in the next book in this series.
Nov 22, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, historical
This book is a murder mystery set in 1565, and it is meticulously researched. (In fact, historical tidbits not necessary to understand what's going on are frequently strewn throughout the story. This occassonally decreases the tension of a scene.)

Solving the murder mystery doesn't seem to be the primary focus of the novel since most of the book is spent with Susanna playing with her stepdaughter or with the other characters falling in love with each other. This is just as well since I was able t
Dec 31, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Marfita by: Good
Shelves: period-mystery
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So, in this installment Lady Appleton happens to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. She is supposed to be meeting her husband (who was pronounced dead after he fled the country). Of course, instead, she misses him at the alleged meeting place and then stumbles upon him dying of poison in the middle of a crowd (under the Eleanor Cross) she is immediately placed under arrest because everyone knows Susanna knows her poisons and is accused of killing her husband. She has to find the real kille ...more
Complicated feelings are complicated. On one hand, never have a wished for an imaginary person’s death with such passion as I wished Lady Susanna’s husband dead as a doornail. But, of course, the lying philanderer can’t just die quietly and without bother. Oh no, he has to drop dead in the middle of London, after supposedly being dead for at least a year, and do so at the very feet of his long-suffering wife, thereby landing her in jail for his apparent murder. Seriously, I’d resurrect this dude ...more
Dec 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Susanna, Lady Appleton, is full of knowledge I want to know. This is one of those series in which the supporting cast is often more entertaining than the main character, but the details of the time period fascinate me and all the activities of the various players are wound together in service to the mystery story. Nancy Means Wright credits this author, Kathy Lynn Emerson, with inspiring and guiding her own books, so if you're a fan of one, you may also enjoy the other. I'm on a real historical ...more
Sara G
Jan 12, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is another mystery in the Lady Appleton series, and it basically follows the same pattern as the previous ones. In this book, Lady Appleton's long lost husband shows up, but he is dying from poison and she gets blamed for it. Honestly, this felt more like a historical character study than a mystery, because it was very easy to figure out. I enjoyed the cameo appearances by Lady Mary Grey and Leicester, but this is not one of the strongest books in this series. Based on this one, I'm not sur ...more
Jul 26, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some interesting twists and turns in this installment. Lady Susanna Appleton must defend herself agains charges of murder. To escape being burned at the stake, she interviews 3 of her husband's mistresses in search of clues to the identity of the real murderer. Emerson brings a real sense of the Elizabethian time period in addition to providing a satisfying mystery.
Sep 25, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
another enjoyable adventure of Lady Susan Appleby, this time accused of murdering the husband she thought died months ago. The Elizabethan era is lavishly recreated, and perhaps the feminist sentiments of the protagonist are unlikely but not unlikely to a modern reader.
Oct 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was incredibly drawn in from the beginning, and I'm very happy with how it ended.
Shawn Thrasher
Oct 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great murder mystery.
Katharine Ott
Jul 29, 2015 rated it liked it
"Face Down Beneath the Eleanor Cross" - written by Kathy Lynn Emerson and published in 2000 by Minotaur Books. A murder mystery featuring Lady Appleton that takes place in 1500s England.
Apr 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good reading. I still like this series.
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Kathy Lynn Emerson began writing as a child: a newspaper for her dolls and then a rambling adventure series featuring characters from all her favourite television shows. On reaching adulthood, she moved from New York State to attend college in rural Maine. Here she met her future husband in the first week. They married two weeks after graduation and
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