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The Assassin's Masque

(Palace of Spies #3)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  195 Ratings  ·  27 Reviews
Things are turning around for seventeen-year-old Peggy Fitzroy, a once-orphaned spy. Her father is back from the dead, and her unwanted engagement has been called off for good. But when a mysterious veiled woman shows up, Peggy uncovers a fresh slew of questions about her past, present, and future.
Now Peggy is back at the palace, unsure of the loyalties she thought she hel
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published January 12th 2016 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Peggy Fitzroy is supposed to be mourning her uncle, but there was no love lost between them so she is focused on protecting her aunt and keeping her cousin's temper under control. When a mysterious veiled woman shows up at the funeral, announces she knew Peggy's mother and they were "Birds of a feather", Peggy's curiosity is piqued. Her family members aren't providing any answers and there are more questions and more intrigue at court. Her Royal Highness believes that the Jacobite plot Peggy's u ...more
colleen the convivial curmudgeon

I was disappointed in this book, especially as a conclusion to the trilogy. Peggy just seems... not an unlikely spy, but just a bad one. She constantly dithers and it seems the people around her are really the ones who actually get anything done and solve things.

And I found the ending kind of pat. I mean (view spoiler)
Franca Pelaccia
Dec 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
It’s 1716 England and life is turning around for seventeen year old Margaret “Peggy” Fitzroy. By day Peggy is maid of honour to her Royal Highness, Caroline Princess of Wales. By night she is a confidential agent or spy in the service of the Crown. When a mysterious veiled woman shows up at her aunt’s home, Peggy’s life begins to unravel and she doesn’t know who to trust: her father who has just come back from the dead and may be a double agent; her mentor, Lord Tierney, aka Mr. Tinderflint, who ...more
Mar 17, 2016 rated it it was ok
That was one of the most painful books I have ever read. The heroine bumbled so much it should have been a comedy. I don't know what happened to the intelligent, competent girl of the first two books. Brain aneurism? Stroke? Alien abduction? I don't know but this girl is idiotic and completely incompetent. The whole book is her stumbling from one mistake to another. She can't figure out who to trust so she betrays EVERYONE! She hands blackmail letters for the country's four most important govern ...more
Kristi Bernard
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Margaret Preston Fitzroy is better known as Peggy. She is also a confidential agent to the crown. She always thought she was an orphan, that is, until her father resurfaced from some spy event he’d been involved in. Peggy had been thrown out of her uncle’s home because she refused to marry a man they chose for her. As a result, and in order to survive, she impersonated a Maid of Honor to Princess Caroline. Of course, this was Peggy’s undercover position and since there was a conspiracy and an ov ...more
No, David! No!
Jun 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: spies-pis-cons
I have really enjoyed this series. I like the characters. I enjoy the "period" way it is written. I think the storyline is usually pretty solid.

In this book I thought the whole thing kind of fell apart in the last 20 pages. Just a sloppy ending. (view spoiler)
I don't know if this is the finale of Peggy's stories, because the ending (this is not a spoiler) feels like it is not....
What has kept me reading Zettel's trio of espionage, deceit, blackmail, murder, politics, assassination plots, and intrigue are her colorful cast of characters and the way she keeps her readers guessing. it can be confusing (in all 3 books) to keep your head as the reader wrapped around all of the questions that Peggy is speaking/asking or her thoughts in regards to the plot(
Feb 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was so awesome!! The perfect blend of princesses, romance, and danger.
Oct 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
The author did a great job wrapping up some of the loose threads in this series. The heroine finally uncovers all the deep dark secrets of her family.
Jul 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Things are turning around for seventeen-year-old Peggy Fitzroy, a once-orphaned spy. Her father is back from the dead, and her unwanted engagement has been called off for good. But when a mysterious veiled woman shows up, Peggy uncovers a fresh slew of questions about her past, present, and future. Now Peggy is back at the palace, unsure of the loyalties she thought she held. With the Jacobite uprising stalking ever closer to the throne, it's imperative that Peggy discover who she can really tru ...more
Klaudia Janek
Nov 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: libres
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May 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Peggy is once again thrust into palace intrigue, this time by Princess Caroline herself who fears a Jacobite plot to overthrow the Monarchy. Peggy sometimes stumbles, yet other times glides through duties as royal lady-in-waiting / spy. It seems as though her tight-knot group of confidants is forming and working almost as a spy-ring "cell": cousin Olivia, ever loyal and so eager to take up the reins of spy herself for the adventure, the intrepid, faithful, & very resourceful Matthew, Peggy's ...more
Jun 13, 2016 rated it liked it
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Well, this was rather disappointing. I loved the past 2 books in this trilogy, but I really didn't enjoy this one. Maybe it's because my tastes have changed, or maybe I've become a more critical reading since I read the last 2. This book felt very stilted and awkward. None of the characters felt real, and their interactions with each other were cringe worthy. There was almost no character development, and everything felt a bit flat.

This book had a huge pacing problem. At times it felt extremely
A continuation of my disappointment with Dangerous Deceptions. This was another struggle to push through to the end, reading chunks of it and rewarding myself with other things I was enjoying more.

It does finish off all the reveals and things from the first book and tie things up in the end, but the two books still seem almost unnecessary after the first. While there might have still been things left to discover from Palace of Spies, I also sort of feel like I either would have been okay not kn
Dec 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
In the beginning I was worried. The language of this book was very excessively overwrought in the first several chapters. Really overdone. I've seen readers criticize this in the previous books and I've always defended Zettel on this point, so I felt betrayed beginning this book and seeing how much worse it had gotten. I found myself asking, "When did Peggy become such a snob?" THAT SAID, once Zettel gets moving the language becomes much more natural, the protagonist much less obnoxious, and she ...more
Dec 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This series is so fun. It is YA, but any fan of the lighter side of historical mysteries will be happy. Not too long has passed since the last book as we start off at Uncle Pierpont's funeral. A mystery woman arrives in heavy veils and gives a Jacobite token to Aunt Pierpont garnering strange reactions from Aunt Pierpont, Old Mother Pierpont, and Sophy Howe. Soon the older females decamp for northern family members and Olivia is at court along with her cousin. Strange undercurrents are going on ...more
Sherri Stephens
Sep 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! Great read for young adult girls. Peggy Fitzroy is a spy at King George's court. There's a new threat to the crown and Peggy is caught in the middle. She is caught between trusting her newly returned father and mentor. Her ex fiance is now with her worst enemy. Her cousin Olivia and her sweetheart Matthew join her to separate the lies and liars. A mysterious blacked veiled woman appears with claims about her deceased mother. When Peggy isn't at the Princess's side during her tim ...more
Apr 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
I reread the first two books in this trilogy before I started this one, and I'm glad I did. I enjoyed them so much the first time and, upon rereading, enjoyed them just as much.
Peggy once again finds herself in dire straits and, of course, Olivia and Matthew are along for the ride. The intrigue and danger of life at court come to life, and Prince George and Princess Caroline become living, breathing people rather than cardboard historical figures.
Very fun, witty, and exciting.
May 09, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. I like this series and the main character is great. There is humor and action and a little romance. I like the historical setting. At times there are a lot of people and names to keep track of, especially because it's a spy novel, that can get confusing. But I enjoyed the end to this series.
Aug 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Book 3. ARC from ALA comes out in January 2016.

I love me some Peggy adventures and this does not disappoint. It does even wrap up the series though a bit abruptly.

Summary: Peggy Fitzroy finds herself in more sticky places in her roles of spy and lady in waiting. She learns more of her parents' past, forms some unlikely alliances, and of course ends up saving the day.
The Library Lady
Aug 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
A solid finish to this series--at least it seems that Zettel has wrapped this story up. But if she does want to continue Peggy's story, I 'd read it, and I seldom feel that way about YA series! Thanks to Edelweiss for giving me access to the digital ARC.
Jan 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-books
Glad to see this series continue. Yet another great story about Peggy and the intrigue she is wrapped up in. Hope there will be more!
Nov 04, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: clean-romance
What happened to the character in the first books? Instead of becoming a more experienced spy, she became more dumb.
I was constantly baffled.
Feb 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Mar 30, 2015 08:46AM  
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