22 April 2019

The Poison Bed; E.C. Fremantle

The Poison BedThe Poison Bed by E.C. Fremantle
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Definitely for the Philippa Gregory readers. I'd not known about this particular incident in British history, so learning about it was interesting enough. That the Howard clan were powerful I already knew (I mean, who didn't know that?) but their jockeying for power post-Elizabeth was not familiar to me, and Frances Howard's family's machinations to oust their political rivals by installing a favorite at the court of James I, and then marrying her to that favorite was really fascinating. I loved that the author allowed for the fact that no one really knows what happened vis-a-vis the murder of Overbury by creating an unreliable narrator in Frances (sorry, but a 400-year-old murder doesn't allow for spoilers!).

ARC provided by publisher.

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