Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Murder at Hatfield House

Title: Murder at Hatfield House

Author: Amanda Carmack [Website] aka Amanda McCabe [Website][Twitter][Facebook] aka Laurel McKee [Website]

Publisher: Obsidian Mystery

Series: Kate Haywood Elizabethan Mystery, Bk 1

ISBN: 9780451415110

Length: 265 pages

Obtained: Library copy

Why this book?:

It sounded interesting.


When I first started it, I wasn't sure if I was going to like it.  I wasn't quite getting into the setting.  I've never paid much mind to royalty to begin with (I know that makes me odd man out), and I definitely don't know much about Elizabeth before she took the throne.  So the basics of the history were unfamiliar as well.

I eventually became settled in the setting.  And I liked Kate Haywood (though she had a remarkable amount of freedom considering she was close to such a high profile figure...or maybe it was because of that?).  I was not so psyched about the fellows in the book.  Kate is good friends with an lawyer-in-training, and I didn't care for him so much.  I guess the actor fellow might have been okay (other than being such a womanizer).  He wasn't in the story much, but his first scene was actually from his perspective instead of Kate's.  This leads me to believe he might have a larger role in future books?  Otherwise, why the shift?  The book was already in third person.  The other time perspective shifted was with the villain.  But in that situation it made more sense.

Anyway, I am interested in continuing with the next book, Murder at Westminster Abbey, is due out April 1, 2014).  But I didn't fall in love, so book two will be a decider in regards to my continuation of the series.


  1. Sorry that you didn't like this one as much as I did. I am hoping book two is a good one. Let me know what you think.


    1. It may not have been love but I was able to enjoy it. And will do.

  2. My uncle used to live in England before he retired. We actually visited him and his family there once when I was a child and we got to tour Hatfield House. One of the displays was a garden hat and gloves belonging to Elizabeth I. Another was a painting of a noble who had fallen out of favor (which was not a healthy thing to do in Tudor England), so they painted someone else's picture over top of it. From a certain angle though, you can see a 'ghost' of the original. Very creepy. I'd read this one even if it were just for the location. But I love historical fiction anyway. :O)

    1. When you've been somewhere it adds a special something to a book about that location. I read a book set in Amsterdam just before I went, and it was fascinating seeing things I'd read about.

      I would love to visit Hatfield House. Maybe that would give me a new appreciation.


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