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
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.