A gripping murder mystery at the Elizabethan Court! For fans of S J Parris, Andrew Taylor, S W Perry and Andrew Swanston.
Are courtly predictions leading to murder…?
Queen Elizabeth is under pressure from all her advisors to marry, but no one can agree on a potential husband.
The conflict is slowly eroding Elizabeth’s power and authority among the nobility, especially when a prophecy starts to spread that seems to predict the deaths of senior members of the queen’s court.
Tension grows when one of the queen’s maids of honour, Mathilda, is killed and placed on a false altar of hawthorn branches.
Her death follows the first lines of the prophecy, making people fearful about who could be next.
Amid rising hysteria, the queen orders her trusted lady-in-waiting Catrin Surovell to investigate.
Catrin soon learns that there is more to this mysterious death than anyone thought.
Strange symbols and eerie events put her on the trail of the murderer.
What do the symbols mean? Is someone using the guise of magic to destabilise the queen’s reign?
Catrin has to figure it out and stop the murderer before he strikes again…