Delacorte, Mar 2001, 24.95, 289 pp.
A year and a half ago, Elizabeth I was crowned Queen of England and has won the hearts of many of her subjects and also solved two homicide cases on the sly. In her mid-twenties, the youthful Elizabeth wants to delegate some of her responsibilities to trusted aids and release some of the anger and fear that engulfed much of her life. Childhood friend and Horsemaster Robert Dudley makes it obvious that he wants the monarch and though she denies it, she covets him too. She will not allow any man to be her consort and besides he is married.
Robert and the Queen flirt, which leads to rumors and scandal that provides ammo for Elizabeth's enemies to use against her. Ultimately a disguised serpent enters Elizabeth's Eden, spreading evil that Her Highness cannot see but at times senses. Tragedy occurs that changes the Queen's life forever and she embarks on her latest sleuthing quest to ferret out a devious enemy.
Karen Harper has written an exciting Elizabethan mystery that contains acceptable historical facts to enhance the feel that the Queen is conducting an investigation. Because of the meticulous research and its detail embodied in the plot, the era appears in full glamour and danger. The sleuthing is fun, but what makes THE TWYLIGHT TOWER comparable to the fine works of Allison Weir is the strong writing of the author, interweaving historical tidbits into a powerful story line.
This synopsis report prepared by Harriet Klausner