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review: In a Treacherous Court

In a Treacherous Court by Michelle Diener Susanna Horenbout, a Flemish painter, sails across the channel to join the court of Henry VIII and on the way a dying man’s message is entrusted to her. She immediately becomes the target of an unknown enemy and it falls to the king’s man, John Parker, to keep her safe. Together they unravel to the clues to a treasonous plot and the mastermind behind it. I thought this would be detailed with descriptions of painting–Susanna’s trade–much like Judith Merkle Riley’s The Serpent Garden. I found, however, that it’s mostly a historical mystery with a lot of chasing and fighting. Though it has an unrealistic plot, the characters have historical credence according to the Author’s Note. I felt it…

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review: The Emperor’s Conspiracy

The Emperor’s Conspiracy by Michelle Diener A smuggling operation during the Napoleonic era threatens to bring down the British government by depleting its gold and causing an economic catastrophe. In the middle of the conspiracy is Charlotte Raven, who is a wealthy ward but originated in the streets of London. Because she has links to the nobility and the commoners, she is able to make discreet inquiries into the various happenings—for those involved seem to be her friends from both sides of society, and they need her help. Meanwhile Charlotte struggles with identity issues, as she cannot release the 12 year old girl who was rescued from the streets, nor can she embrace the ton and all her new life entails. A man from her…

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