Elizabeth I Mysteries

9 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 324 ratings

The Poyson Garden Publisher's Summary

The letter came in secret, with a pearl eardrop from an aunt long thought dead, resurrecting the forbidden past. Banished by her spiteful half sister, Queen Mary, to Hatfield House in the English countryside, 25-year-old Princess Elizabeth cannot refuse the summons. The Boleyns are in grave danger. And Elizabeth, daughter of Anne Boleyn, is marked for death by a master poisoner whose reign of terror may have royal sanction.

With her few loyal retainers, Elizabeth escapes to Kent. Here, in her ancestral Hever Castle, now held by the Queen's loyalists, Elizabeth seeks to unravel the plot against her. And here, in the embrace of intrigue and betrayal, the princess must find a brilliant, powerfully connected killer - before the killer finds her....

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  • Book 1

    • The Poyson Garden

    • By: Karen Harper
    • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
    • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The letter came in secret, with a pearl eardrop from an aunt long thought dead, resurrecting the forbidden past. Banished by her spiteful half sister, Queen Mary, to Hatfield House in the English countryside, 25-year-old Princess Elizabeth cannot refuse the summons. The Boleyns are in grave danger. And Elizabeth, daughter of Anne Boleyn, is marked for death by a master poisoner whose reign of terror may have royal sanction.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful Combination of History and Mystery!

    • By Paige on 01-28-14

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 2

    • The Tidal Poole

    • By: Karen Harper
    • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
    • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 37
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    It is the crowning day of twenty-five-year-old Bess Tudor's life as she returns from exile to become England's queen. But even as her magnificent procession wends its way to Westminster Palace, a shot rings out, muffled by the jostling crowd. Within moments of becoming England's ruler, Elizabeth learns of the brutal murder of a highborn lady of the court, the sister of one of her dearest friends.

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  • Book 3

    • The Twylight Tower

    • By: Karen Harper
    • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
    • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 39
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 36
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    It is May 1560. As sinister storm clouds gather overhead, 26-year-old Queen Elizabeth dispatches William Cecil, her most trusted adviser, to Scotland for crucial negotiations. Handsome, ambitious Lord Robert Dudley is at her side. But their leisurely midsummer idyll is cut short when the courts master lutenist plunges to his death from a parapet beneath the queen's window. The loyal retainers of Elizabeth's privy council do not accept the official verdict of accidental death. Their fears are borne out when another tragedy rocks the realm, and points the way to a conspiracy to bring down Elizabeth and seize the throne.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • The wrong narrator ruined the story for me

    • By Marie on 05-08-13

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 4

    • The Queen's Cure

    • By: Karen Harper
    • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
    • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28
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    In late summer of 1562, within a bedchamber at Whitehall Palace, Elizabeth Tudor prays for the recovery of the delirious, fever-racked friend who has served her for twenty-six of her twenty-nine years. Ten days later, with loyal, handsome Lord Robert Dudley by her side, the queen leads her retinue to London’s Royal College of Physicians to enlist two learned doctors in the raging battle against disease and pestilence.

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  • Book 5

    • The Thorne Maze

    • By: Karen Harper
    • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
    • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 28
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    The vibrant pageant of Elizabethan England comes to life in Karen Harper's fifth novel in her acclaimed Elizabeth I Mystery Series. Hailed as "extraordinary" by The Los Angeles Times, these historical mysteries beautifully blend fact and fiction as the young Queen Elizabeth Tudor becomes an amateur sleuth to save her court, crown, and kingdom. Though summering in the lush countryside to escape the plague rampaging through London, the queen and her court cannot escape the reach of a multiple murderer who seems to disappear at will. In the gardens of Hampton Court, Elizabeth proudly shows a famed visiting lawyer her huge hornbeam maze. But the intricate labyrinth soon becomes a scene of horror as Elizabeth herself is attacked and the lawyer is murdered within its leafy dead ends. The queen calls upon her small, select band of advisors to help her ferret out the identity of the maze murderer.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fascinating Elizabeth I Mystery.

    • By kerrybard on 10-24-15

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 6

    • The Queene's Christmas

    • An Elizabeth I Mystery, Book 6
    • By: Karen Harper
    • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
    • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 54
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 47
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 46

    An old English Yule has never been merrier or more mysterious. A New Year's celebration has never looked more joyous but been so potentially deadly. Fearing the 12 Days of Christmas of 1564 may be the last for her ailing, elderly friend, Lady Kat Ashley, Queen Elizabeth decrees a nostalgic, old-fashioned holiday. Delicious dishes for the table, holly and ivy, caroling, wassailing, mumming, and a Lord of Misrule to oversee it all are in the recipe for the revels. But one of the queen's kitchen staff is found as dead as the ornate peacock he was preparing for the feast.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Mystery filled with Elizabethan traditions !

    • By Byron on 11-17-13

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  • Book 7

    • The Fyre Mirror

    • By: Karen Harper
    • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
    • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
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    Smitten with spring fever, Elizabeth Tudor escapes London for fantastical Nonsuch Palace in the sweet Surrey countryside. There she hopes to relax and pose for the official royal portrait for which she is holding a competition. But one of her artists is burned to death, and portraits of the queen are going up in flames. When she hears that her rival, the dangerous Mary, Queen of Scots, has been peering in mirrors and announcing, "I see the next queen of England!" Elizabeth summons her Privy Plot Council.

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  • Book 8

    • The Fatal Fashione

    • Elizabeth I Mysteries, Book 8
    • By: Karen Harper
    • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
    • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 21
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    In 1566, Elizabeth Tudor faces tremendous opposition from Parliament for ruling England without the help of a husband. Instead, she turns to her Privy Plot Council for help, only to discover from her royal herbalist that a woman has drowned in a tub of starch. Soon another garment worker meets the same rigid fate. Elizabeth becomes unbending in her attempts to solve the murders, as well as iron out the problems of her kingdom.

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  • Book 9

    • The Hooded Hawke

    • An Elizabeth I Mystery
    • By: Karen Harper
    • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
    • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
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    This summer, Queen Elizabeth I is in no mood for games. She and her court were expecting to spend the warmer months lounging in great manor houses, feasting in the fields, tempting forbidden romance, and perhaps engaging in sport. But someone in the Queen's entourage isn't playing by the rules…and soon Elizabeth is dodging crossbows, longbows, and - worst of all - the threats of her greatest rival, Mary Queen of Scots. As bodies and clues pile up, the mystery and dangers deepen like the surrounding forests.

    Regular price: $19.95