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The Locksmith's Daughter

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  1,134 ratings  ·  239 reviews
From acclaimed author Karen Brooks comes this intriguing novel rich in historical detail and drama as it tells the unforgettable story of Queen Elizabeth's daring, ruthless spymaster and his female protégée.

In Queen Elizabeth's England, where no one can be trusted and secrets are currency, one woman stands without fear.

Mallory Bright is the only daughter of London's most
Kindle Edition, 576 pages
Published July 31st 2018 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published September 19th 2016)
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The Locksmith’s Daughter by Karen Brooks is a 2018 William Morrow publication.
A skillfully crafted novel of historical fiction-

Mallory Bright’s unorthodox upbringing paves the way for her in unexpected ways when she makes a grave error in judgement and finds her reputation in ruins.

As the daughter of a locksmith, Mallory was taught the trade by her father, much to her mother’s intense dismay. But Mallory would never have guessed that her talents would lead her to the queen’s personal

Title: The Locksmith's Daughter
Series: Standalone
Author: Karen Brooks
Release date: July 31, 2018
Cliffhanger: No
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When I saw the synopsis for this book, I was immediately hooked and had to get my hands on it. After reading and loving The Alice Network last year, I was so ready for another female spy book to give me that same rush of emotion and inspiration. I wish I could say that this was another five star read, but it wasn't quite what I had anticipated. Let
Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
This is my second helping of Australian historical fiction writer Karen Brooks. Last year I read and enjoyed Karen’s first novel, The Brewers Tale. The Locksmith’s Daughter is another fascinating historical tale from Brooks that expertly weaves fact with fiction together with a compelling female protagonist.

It took me no time at all to fall into The Locksmith’s Daughter. The first person narrative style employed by the author, allows the reader to immediately develop a bond with main
Kate Forsyth
An absolutely gripping page-turner of a novel set in Elizabethan times, The Locksmith’s Daughter is told from the first person point of view of a young woman named Mallory Bright. The story starts a little slowly but the pace soon quickens, and the plot begins to twist and turn in unexpected ways.

Mallory is the daughter of a master locksmith who has taught her all his secrets. One evening her father is visited by the Queen’s spymaster, Sir Frances Walsingham, and Mallory is asked to show off her
Scott Klemm
Oct 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
With a quick glance at the other reviews, I see that I’m the first male to submit a review for Karen Brooks’ The Locksmith’s Daughter. Men should not shy away from this book because the protagonist is female. Karen did not write this book for any one gender. It’s not a mushy romance novel, but rather a very meticulously researched historical novel set in Elizabethan England. The main character, Mallory Bright, as the title implies, is the daughter of a locksmith. This was in an era when ...more
4.5 review to come. ...more
Although I listened to the audio book and did not read it, this story was amazingly good. I loved it totally and at times I wished I had read it to savour it more. While driving, my concentration was interrupted at times and I missed little bits. The story was set during the reign of Elizabeth I of England and involved the Queen's trusted man, Sir Francis Wolsingham? (Spelling?) So much intrigue, such unexpected twists and turns. This story had everything. An impressive, capable, strong woman, a ...more
I don't know if I would have finished this had I not been listening to the audiobook during my commute. Or maybe the problem was the audiobook itself, but it was just sloooow. It's a 500 page book that was 22 hours as an audiobook. That seems long, no?
The last 30-40% picked up a bit, but was part of that because I switched to the physical book for the last 25%?
Also, major trigger warning for sexual assault, physical abuse, and torture. Was not expecting that when I picked this up.
Rachael McDiarmid
I've decided to give this book five stars as I absolutely enjoyed everything about it. The characters, the story, the writing. For the last few days I've been lost in Elizabethan England (a place everyone knows I love to visit) and trapped in the fascinating world of locks and spies! I can't recall reading an historical fiction work with Francis Walsingham as a central character and I was captivated by the world of the spymaster and the relationships around him. Mallory, of course, was the ...more
Oct 31, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The writing is so overwrought and distancing that I had to nope out about a hundred pages in. There are books where this kind of faux-olden timey language is done so well you fall right into the mindset of historical characters, but this did the exact opposite.
Jul 04, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tudors, england
I'm not sure how a book that features spies in Elizabethan England managed to be tedious, but that's what happened here. This book is definitely in need of some serious editing.

Just skip it. Maybe read something by Nancy Bilyeau instead.
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I do wish they had half stars, because I would probably have given it 2 1/2 stars. I liked The Brewer's Tale, and that's why I got this book, but I didn't think it was half as good. I was very aware of the author pushing the book forward on several occasions - places where people's behaviour went against both the person's character and the setting without good explanation.

Let me explain (spoiler alert).

When Mallory goes to work for Sir Francis, her Papa was not happy at all with the arrangement,
The drawn-out style of writing is not a style of writing I like to read. The first evening takes over 40 pages.
Mallory Bright, when first met, is just returned home to her family, in disgrace. Having had her head turned by a scoundrel and eloping for a marriage that wasn’t, she’d disgraced herself and tossed over a solid offer from a young man soon to become a lawyer. Now, she’s guilty, saddened, and a shadow of her former self: removed from the convivial relationship with the apprentices and staff of the house, a constant (yet ongoing) trial for her mother, and not comfortable or feeling particularly ...more
A good book. Maybe just a tad slow to take hold, but very enjoyable. If you enjoy historical fiction I think most would like this.
Heather Hess
Nov 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this smart, entertaining adventure through Elizabethan England. It was full of twists and turns, with a witty and engaging plot and well written characters.
Dawn Hough
Loved the book. After reading The Chocolate Maker’s Wife, I was keen to read another book from this author. I was not disappointed wonderful book. If you like period novels, you’ll love this. A huge thank you to BG for a most wonderful gift.
Meg - A Bookish Affair
"The Locksmith's Daughter" is the story of Mallory Bright, a young woman with an amazing ability to pick any lock. She eventually finds herself in service to Sir Francis Walsingham, Queen Elizabeth's masterfully powerful spymaster. At first, Mallory sees her service as a way to escape her past but she will begin to see it as something much darker. I love reading about Queen Elizabeth's spies and I love reading in this time so this exciting book was a perfect pick for me!

Mallory is a great
Leanne Francis
Jan 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant, a big and dense read that transports you to Elizabethan England, the detail is incredible
Jul 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
THE LOCKSMITH'S DAUGHTER by Karen Brooks is a richly detailed, historical drama with a main character that will suck you into the story from the very beginning.

Mallory Bright is very different from other young ladies of her time. When scandal destroys her good name, this intelligent, quick, and skillful young woman returns to her father and soon finds herself drawn into a world of subterfuge, intrigue, and danger at the side of Sir Francis Walsingham who works for the Queen. Set during a time
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I truly enjoyed this book. It's long, and I was a bit worried about reading it in time for my book club, but the story is well written and drew me in so the pages flew by. Our book club discussion was rich and there was a lot to talk about - women's roles, religion and acceptance of different beliefs, historical references, and more. The author did a great job of giving the reader a rich understanding of the time (1580s England), while incorporating that understanding into a story that had me ...more
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book for so many reasons. I love the Elizabethan period in English history. The fashions, language, pageantry, customs and all aspects of the life and times particularly as they relate to the status of women or lack thereof are gritty. Here is the story of a young head-strong woman of what would be considered middle class, daughter of a locksmith - a craftsman - and a distant and disinterested mother. Mistress Malory Bright has a mysterious and sordid past but as an avid student of ...more
I love Tudor fiction and this one really captured my interest. Told from the perspective of the fictional Mallory Bright, a locksmith's daughter, this story brings to life Sir Francis Walsingham and his spy ring focused on finding Catholic traitors in Queen Elizabeth's realm. The details of the different locks and the methods they employed to thwart thieves were fascinating (hidden recesses to cut off fingertips, poison release, etc). There is a darker side to the story- and there has to be when ...more
Unconventional woman, having spurned her family’s advice and run off with a bad man, is now back home hiding from the nasty comments of neighbors while she tries to imagine any future at all. It is Elizabethan England and even her parents are horrified at her disobedient behavior. An opportunity to serve as tutor to a well-known political figure’s daughter arises and she takes it. This begins the tale of her life as a spy. The book is engrossing and the details of life are fully-realized. The ...more
May 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways
I won this book in a goodreads giveaway- once I got into the story, I couldn't put this book down! I loved the suspense of the story and the main characters. Mallory was such a strong and independent woman depicted in this time period, which made the mystery and spy games all the more interesting. after reading the author's note, I am even more interested in reading other books related to these people and time in history. Looking forward to my next Karen Brooks read- I only wish I had known her ...more
Aug 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
A fascinating look at Elizabethan England through the eyes of an unlikely spy, this novel was alternately captivating and extremely challenging to read. The author did a great job researching the period. From the the alleys and secret meeting rooms, to the finely appointed homes of the wealthy, Brooks so richly described every sound, smell, texture, and detail that I felt transported to this turbulent period in England.

Overall, I found this novel to be very well done, but the story really
Dec 30, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Though it was unrealistic at times, I found this book to be very enjoyable...slow at first, but then it picks up. It's an interesting period to read about.
Aug 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very long book but a very good story! About how women were treated long ago. Very sad in some parts but it has a classic happy ending.
Julia Hoffman
Wonderful Book I highly recommend it and I will highly recommend it to my family and friends.
Caroline Andersson
Dec 02, 2019 rated it did not like it
This wasn’t good. It paired romance-novel quality plot, research, and writing with action-film quality romance. It was so boring.
Also, major trigger warnings for badly-handled sexual violence and what read to me as a garbled anti-abortion, anti-sex plotline.
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