Dark Queen Watching

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Pub Date 07 Dec 2021 | Archive Date 30 Nov 2021
Canongate Books, Severn House

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The arrival of a band of Spanish mercenaries brings new danger for Margaret Beaufort and the House of Lancaster in this richly-imagined medieval mystery.

November, 1471. With Edward of York on the English throne and her son, Henry Tudor, in exile in Brittany, the newly-widowed Margaret Beaufort, Countess of Richmond, is alone, without protectors. All she can do is wait and watch, planning for a time when she’s in a position to make her move.

But new dangers are emerging. En route to England is a band of Spanish mercenaries known as the Garduna. With no allegiance to prince, prelate or people, they are a lethal fighting force, utterly ruthless and implacable killers. But who has hired them . . . and why?

The discovery of the body of an unexpected visitor, found murdered in a locked room in her London townhouse, heralds the start of a series of increasingly menacing incidents which threaten Margaret and her household. Is there an enemy within? It’s up to Margaret’s wily clerk Christopher Urswicke to uncover the truth and ensure Margaret survives to fulfil her destiny.

Will appeal to fans of ELLIS PETERS, C.J. SANSOM and CANDACE ROBB.

The arrival of a band of Spanish mercenaries brings new danger for Margaret Beaufort and the House of Lancaster in this richly-imagined medieval mystery.

November, 1471. With Edward of York on the...


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This is the Author's third book in the Margaret Beaufort series and can in my opinion be read as a standalone

A band of Spanish mercenaries have come to England , an elite fighting force .........with no allegiance to King and country , who has hired them and why ?
When an unexpected visitor is found dead inside a locked room within Margaret's London house its sets in motion a series of threatening events that she must resolve as soon as possible .
Margaret’s experienced and loyal clerks Christopher Urswicke and Reginald Bray work to uncover the truth in order to ensure Margaret survival and that of her household .
What brings all these events and people together at this time - who benefits , who will survive ?

Set in the time of the War of the Roses the Author brings to life Medieval England , showing the politics and backstabbing that went along just to survive in these tumultuous times

This is another excellent historical murder mystery by the Author and I look forward to more in the future

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own

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Doherty sweeps readers into the dark political intrigues of mediaeval England as the widowed Margaret Beaufort, last of the once-powerful Beaufort family, is beset by enemies. Her son, young Henry Tudor, is smuggled into England by his uncle and is sheltering in disguise at Chertsey Abbey. Margaret, accompanied by faithful retainers Christopher Urswicke and Reginald Bray, makes her way to her Woking estate to meet discreetly with Chertsey’s abbot, a long-trusted confidant, and to speak with her son. A ruthless army of professional killers known as the Garduna have infiltrated their way into England and are wreaking havoc, tracked by the Luminati. Whoever hired them must be immensely wealthy, and it’s up to Urswicke to find out who and why. Although disquieting, the attacks don’t cause irreparable harm to the countess, and thereby hangs this as-yet-motiveless tale. Someone wants her out of the way but not dead.

Doherty knows his stuff, including historical figures―of which the Garduna and Luminati are part―and 15th-century England, but I was disappointed that Margaret takes such a backseat to Urswicke, whose story this becomes, and the overuse of ‘henchman’ and ‘warbelt’ became irritating. Whatever history makes of Margaret Beaufort, it is impossible not to respect her dogged determination to put her son, Henry, the last Lancastrian, on what she believed was his rightful throne―birthing him at 13, already a widow, protecting him from the many forces wishing his demise, and founding the Tudor dynasty. But was there another contender for that hotly contested throne?

This is a riveting tale of court politics, intrigue, murder, false allegiances, double-crossing and deceit, all of which Margaret survived in her day. The ending opens the door to a sequel in which I hope Margaret’s character is further developed into the formidable woman she must have been. That said, I am not deterred from reading the first in series, Dark Queen Rising.

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Paul Doherty immerses the reader in the dark days for Margaret Beaufort. Countess of Richmond, under Yorkist rule. Dark Queen Watching finds Margaret widowed of her second husband and working to protect her son Henry's chances at the crown. Conspiracies, foreign murderous agents and murders. Very noir historical mystery.

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