A Murder By Any Name by Suzanne M. Wolfe
Publication Date: October 9, 2018
Crooked Lane Books
Hardcover & eBook; 326 Pages
Genre: Historical Mystery
When a brutal murder threatens the sanctity of the Elizabethan court, it’s up to a hot-tempered spy to save the day.
The court of Elizabeth I is no stranger to plotting and intrigue, but the royal retinue is thrown into chaos when the Queen’s youngest and sweetest lady-in-waiting is murdered, her body left on the high altar of the Chapel Royal in Whitehall Palace. Solving the murder will require the cunning and savvy possessed by only one man. Enter Nicholas Holt, younger brother of the Earl of Blackwell—spy, rake, and owner of the infamous Black Sheep tavern in the seedy district of Bankside. Nick quickly learns that working for the Queen is a mixed blessing. Elizabeth—salty-tongued, vain, and fiercely intelligent—can, with a glance, either reward Nick with a purse of gold or have his head forcibly removed.
When a second lady-in-waiting is slain at Whitehall, the court once again reels with shock and dismay. On the trail of a diabolical killer, Nick and his faithful sidekick—an enormous Irish Wolfhound named Hector—are treading on treacherous ground, and only the killer’s head on a platter can keep them in the Queen’s good graces.
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Praise for A Murder By Any Name
“Captivating… Fans of Fiona Buckley’s Ursula Blanchard and Kathy Lynn Emerson’s Rosamond Jaffrey will be delighted to add Wolfe to their reading lists.” ―Booklist
“[A] promising series launch… Fans of Elizabethan historicals will be satisfied.” ―Publishers Weekly
“An excellent series kickoff by Wolfe that cleverly highlights both the mystery and the many ills of Elizabethan times.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“In vivid passages, Suzanne Wolfe’s novel brings to the reader the light and dark of Elizabethan England, its squalor and splendor, filth and riches, intrigues and delights.” ―NY Journal of Books
“A deeply atmospheric and richly textured Elizabethan mystery… I was captivated by Nicholas and Hector as they navigated court treachery and the dark recesses of the lower classes in this compelling Elizabethan mystery.” ―Shelley Freydont, New York Times bestselling author
“Wolfe’s descriptions are unparalleled, immersing the reader in the time period as they join her wily protagonist on his quest to catch a cold-hearted killer.” ―Anna Lee Huber, bestselling author of the Lady Darby Mysteries
“I stayed up reading much too late to finish this book! Wonderful Elizabethan atmosphere, well-drawn and unusual characters, action and intrigue and excitement―I felt like I was in the 1570s” ―Amanda Carmack, award-winning author of the Elizabethan mysteries
“Bewitching! Suzanne Wolfe opens the door to Elizabethan life through her masterful creation of the sympathetic spy, Nicholas Holt. An exciting start to a promising new historical mystery series.” ―Naomi Hirahara, Edgar Award-winning author of the Mas Arai series
“A classically plotted whodunit set against the background of Elizabethan London and the court of Queen Elizabeth the First, both of them well researched and vividly realized, with a wealth of detail. One can almost smell the reek of the 16th century streets and waterways.” ―Fiona Buckley, author of the Ursula Blanchard Elizabethan mysteries
My Review: Okay, tell me if you’ve ever experienced this: You’re reading a new novel, and somewhere around chapter 4, all you can think is, “Which social media platforms can I reach this author on? Because I need to beg her for a sequel. Like, ASAP. Like, yesterday.” Have you ever experienced that?
I told the incredible human being that organizes these Blog Tours (Hi, Amy!) (she works with the best authors, Y’all) that as soon as I realized this book centered around the Elizabethan Era, that I was all in. (You had me at Elizabeth I, Suzanne M. Wolfe.) You guys know how much I adore Elizabeth Tudor. So admittedly, I was pretty confident that I was going to enjoy this novel. I also fully admit to not reading the novel’s blurb, because…well, Elizabeth I. So, when I met Cecily Carew, I thought that perhaps I would be seeing Elizabeth’s court through young Cecily’s eyes. Or perhaps it would follow Cecily’s life as she learned her ways around court; maybe she would even become a friend with Queen Elizabeth.
But then…then…Cecily winds up dead. Murdered. And I was stuck. Totally spellbound. And my thought process ended up sounding a bit like, How in the worldly heck did this sweet young woman end up murdered? And who is this Nick guy? Oh wow, I really like this Nick guy. Hey, there’s William Shakespeare! Wow, this Nick guy is seriously growing on me. I NEED A SEQUEL! Wait, is that Christopher Marlowe? Okay seriously, what happened to Cecily? OhmySTARS somebody call a babysitter for the kids, hire a nanny for my house and pass me more M&M’s because I am so not putting this book down.
Y’all, Christmas is almost here. And I’m betting that you need a) last minute Christmas gifts and b) something to read while you’re hiding from Aunt May’s fruit salad. Get A Murder by Any Name. And beg Suzanne M. Wolfe for a sequel!
About the Author
Suzanne M. Wolfe grew up in Manchester, England and read English Literature at Oxford University, where she co-founded the Oxford C.S. Lewis Society. She served as Writer in Residence at Seattle Pacific University and taught literature and creative writing there for nearly two decades. Wolfe is the author of three novels: A Murder by Any Name, The Confessions of X, and Unveiling.
Thirty years ago, she and her husband, Gregory Wolfe, co-founded Image, a journal of the arts and faith. They have also co-authored many books on literature and prayer including Books That Build Character: How to Teach Your Child Moral Values Through Stories, and Bless This House: Prayers For Children and Families. Her essays and blog posts have appeared in Image and other publications. She and her husband are the parents of four grown children. They live in Richmond Beach, Washington.
Blog Tour Schedule
Monday, December 17
Review at Passages to the Past
Tuesday, December 18
Excerpt at Let Them Read Books
Friday, December 21
Feature at What Is That Book About
Sunday, December 23
Review at Carole’s Ramblings
Thursday, December 27
Review & Interview at Jorie Loves a Story
Monday, December 31
Review at Tudor Enthusiast
Wednesday, January 2
Excerpt at Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen
Friday, January 4
Review at 100 Pages a Day
Monday, January 7
Review at Historical Fiction with Spirit
Tuesday, January 8
Guest Post at On the Tudor Trail
Wednesday, January 9
Review at Reading the Past
Monday, January 14
Review at Maiden of the Pages
Tuesday, January 15
Interview at Passages to the Past
Wednesday, January 16
Review at A Book Geek
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