4/5 stars an enthralling mystery
What secrets were covered up at the court of Henry VIII …?
Whitehall Palace, England, 1539
When Catherine Howard arrives at the court of King Henry VIII to be a maid of honour in the household of the new queen, Anne of Cleves, she has no idea of the fate that awaits her.
Catching the king’s fancy, she finds herself caught up in her uncle’s ambition to get a Howard heir to the throne.
Terrified by the ageing king after the fate that befell her cousin, Anne Boleyn, Catherine begins to fear for her life…
Pembrokeshire, Wales, 2018
Dr Perdita Rivers receives news of the death of her estranged grandmother, renowned Tudor historian Mary Fitzroy.
Mary inexplicably cut all contact with Perdita and her twin sister, Piper, but she has left them Marquess House, her vast estate in Pembrokeshire.
Perdita sets out to unravel their grandmother’s motives for abandoning them, and is drawn into the mystery of an ancient document in the archives of Marquess House, a collection of letters and diaries claiming the records of Catherine Howard’s execution were falsified…
What truths are hiding in Marquess House? What really happened to Catherine Howard?
And how was Perdita’s grandmother connected to it all?
THE CATHERINE HOWARD CONSPIRACY is the first book in the Marquess House trilogy, a dual timeline conspiracy thriller with an ingenious twist on a well-known period of Tudor history.
Thank you to Caoimhe at Sapere Books for the invitation for the blog tour for this great book.
The book starts with Perdita finding out that her estranged Grandmother has died and that her and her twin sister Piper have inherited Marquess House, this is a great shock to the sisters who have not seen their Grandmother since the death of their mother in an accident and their father had cut all ties with his Mother in Law.
As the story develops, we find out more about Mary, Perdita and Piper's Grandmother who is also a revered author in Tudor History and expert in her field
I really enjoyed the dual timeline story in the book and the Catherine Howard story line is detailed and well researched.
Although necessary for the context of Catherine’s story which I will not give away, I found some of the scenes were quite graphic and showed a different side to the older King Henry VIII which for me were a little difficult to read in places due to the content.
I loved the uncovering of the secrets that are held at Marquess House and a really enjoyed the Llyn Cel mermaid tale.
Anyone who enjoys a well thought out dual time story with plenty of twists and turns will enjoy this book.
I am looking forward to Book 2!
About the Author
From tales spun for her teddies when she was a child (usually about mermaids) to film scripts, plays and novels, Alexandra Walsh has always been a storyteller. Words are her world. For over 25 years, she has been a journalist writing for a wide range of publications including national newspapers and glossy magazines. She spent some years working in the British film industry, as well as in television and radio: researching, advising, occasionally presenting and always writing.
Books dominate Alexandra’s life. She reads endlessly and tends to become a bit panicky if her next three books are not lined up and waiting. Characters, places, imagery all stay with her and even now she finds it difficult to pass an old wardrobe without checking it for a door to Narnia. As for her magical letter when she was 11, she can only assume her cat caught the owl!
Alexandra’s other passion is history, particularly the untold tales of women. Whether they were queens or paupers, their voices resonate with their stories, not only about their own lives but about ours, too. The women of the Tudor court have inspired her novels. Researching and writing The Marquess House Trilogy (Book One: The Catherine Howard Conspiracy) has brought together her love of history, mysteries and storytelling.