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Joy D | 5248 comments Queen's Progress by M.J Trow - 3 stars

Historical fiction featuring Christopher Marlowe as Queen Elizabeth’s advance scout to find a route for her tour of the English countryside, where the queen and her many attendants become visible to her subjects. This tour was known as a “progress,” and included sequential visits to the country houses of nobles. They entertained the queen with masques (stage performances), speeches, music, food, and drink. During Marlowe’s advance visits, several unexplained deaths and unpleasant incidents took place. The story revolved around solving the mystery of these incidents.

I found this novel quite unique in its setting and storyline. The author provided vivid descriptions of England in 1591 using period-appropriate language, in the time of Shakespeare (spelled Shaxsper) and Marlowe. I was interested to find out how these seemingly unrelated events were eventually explained. This story has an extremely long build-up and a quick denouement. I found it a solid story that transported me into the time-period. Recommended to readers of historical fiction of the Elizabethan era.

I received an advance reader's copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for a candid review. It was released in March, 2018.

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LibraryCin | 9443 comments Hmmm, not sure if this would be my kind of thing or not. I do like historical fiction.

message 3: by Joy D (new)

Joy D | 5248 comments Apparently, this is part of a series, which I did not know ahead of time, but it can be read as a standalone.

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Magdalena | 414 comments I'm with LibraryCin I'm not sure if this would be my kind of thing. I love historical fiction especially of the Elizabethan era but I'm not so into mysteries.

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LibraryCin | 9443 comments Joy D wrote: "Apparently, this is part of a series, which I did not know ahead of time, but it can be read as a standalone."

Is it the first one in the series? (I guess I could take a minute to check! LOL!)

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annapi | 5245 comments It's #9 of the Kit Marlowe series.

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