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In the latest Elizabethan mystery by the author of Murder at Whitehall, amateur sleuth Kate Haywood investigates deadly machinations unfolding behind the scenes in the magnificent French court.1561. Queen Elizabeth’s throne is threatened as Mary Queen of Scots—pushed in every direction by opposing and powerful forces—declares herself the rightful Queen of England. To discoIn the latest Elizabethan mystery by the author of Murder at Whitehall, amateur sleuth Kate Haywood investigates deadly machinations unfolding behind the scenes in the magnificent French court.1561. Queen Elizabeth’s throne is threatened as Mary Queen of Scots—pushed in every direction by opposing and powerful forces—declares herself the rightful Queen of England. To discover her rival’s next unpredictable move, Elizabeth dispatches a party of trustworthy intimates to Mary’s court at Fontainebleau. Chief among them is Kate Haywood, who finds that the glittering balls and genial banquets conceal a web of poisonous ambition that soon turns deadly.When a beautiful and disruptively flirtatious member of the visiting party is murdered, Kate suspects that the man who stands accused has been set up to discredit Elizabeth. She vows to find the real killer, but the French court is a labyrinth unlike any she has ever navigated before—and at every turn there are more traps set to spring....

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Murder at Fontainebleau Reviews

  • Juli
    2018-11-18 06:13

    **I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. This does not affect the content of this fair, honest review**Murder at Fontainebleau is the 5th book in the Elizabethan Mystery series by Amanda Carmack. I have not read any of the other books in this series. I loved this book -- so I will definitely be reading the rest!The year is 1561, Queen Elizabeth 1 is on the throne of England. But her claim to the throne is challenged by her cousin, Mary Queen of Scots. Mary still resides in France following the death of her husband, but may soon choose to return to Scotland, or remarry. Queen Elizabeth sends a party of trusted members of her court to Fontainebleau to visit the French royal court. Included in the group is Kate Haywood, royal musician. Kate is on a mission for her queen, carrying secret letters and observing the French court to glean information about Mary's intentions. When a member of their group is murdered, Kate must also discover the killer's identity before their mission is discovered or the incident used to discredit Queen Elizabeth. Royalty. Ambition. Courtiers. Deceit. And, murder. It's all in this book. As I read the story, I found myself swept into imaginings of the pomp and mystery of the English and French royal courts, the political intrigue, and the constant jostling for position. Carmack's descriptions of the fashions, entertainment, relationships, dangers and secrets of life at court are vivid and engaging. I was totally engrossed in the story. The mixture of historical fact and fiction was perfect! I love studying history, especially the Elizabethan era. Fashioning a murder mystery around the actual conflict between Elizabeth and her cousin Mary made for a great read! The cover art for this book is amazing! All in all, a great book! The mystery portion of the plot was engaging and well-paced. The history and mystery portions of the story were well-balanced and kept my interest throughout. I was engrossed in the story from beginning to end. As a history buff and mystery lover, this series is perfect for me! I will definitely be reading the rest of this series! Amanda Carmack is a pseudonym used by award-winning romance author, Amanda McCabe. McCabe has published many novels, including Winter Queen and To Tame a Rogue. Learn more about the Elizabethan Mystery series at the author's website: www.amandacarmack.com .

  • Stephanie AhYat
    2018-10-29 03:01

    I love the Queen Elizabeth I / Kate Haywood mysteries! This was no exception! It's a wonderful book in a wonderful series. Full of intrigue, historical characters and a murder to solve! I highly recommend it!

  • Katie Bee
    2018-11-01 11:12

    Okay, so. There are two different elements at play when I think about this book. First, how does it work as a stand-alone mystery novel, and second, how does it fit into the broader series? Stand-alone mystery novel: It's pretty good! For the first time Kate leaves Elizabeth's side and has to counter a more distant threat to her liege. She travels to France (embedded in a diplomatic group that also includes one of her two suitors), where she is supposed to evaluate the major players (Mary, Queen of Scots, and Catherine de'Medici), represent Elizabeth and persuade Mary to look upon her more fondly, and establish contact with Cecil's spies in the French court. It's a complicated, multifaceted mission, and it doesn't help that English diplomats on the ground don't always esteem her help highly. Eventually there is a murder, and Kate helps to figure out the killer. The murder almost feels like an afterthought, to be honest - it comes toward the end of the book - but it does fit into the overall picture and the reader is invested in the victim, so it works. Entry in a series: There are good aspects and bad aspects. Good - Kate's skills as a Cecil operative are developing apace. This is the first time she's been sent on a field mission, as it were, and she shows excellent skills at thinking on the fly, doing fieldwork, and making snap judgment calls. The ongoing love triangle is also abruptly moved forward. (view spoiler)[She receives proposals from both suitors by the end of the novel, though she hasn't given either an answer. (hide spoiler)] Kate now has to think about how she wants her life to unfold, and how devoted she is to Elizabeth's service.The bad (or at least, the mixed) - Goodness, I must have checked five times to make sure I hadn't missed a book. Kate's father has suddenly died, and the book starts after his funeral. We get a few character moments about her missing him (notably in discussion with Mary Queen of Scots, who has also lost a number of family members at this point), but not very many. She's off on a mission bare weeks after his death. I had always found Kate's father to be a central emotional part of the series, even as his physical role diminished after his retirement to the country, so for him to be suddenly written out off-screen was jarring. Similarly, Catherine Grey's ongoing soap opera with Hertford has been a major plot thread running throughout all the books so far. And yet suddenly we get one line about how she a) married Hertford, b) got pregnant, and c) has been locked up in the Tower? Knowing the history, I was expecting these developments in the Catherine-Hertford saga to be a central part of a book, not a throwaway line. Again, quite jarring. I don't know why Carmack chose to time-skip. Seriously, I checked several times to make sure there wasn't a book with Kate's father's final illness and the Grey-Hertford marriage & discovery. My only surmise might be that Carmack didn't want to show Elizabeth in a bad light, and thought readers might be upset by Elizabeth throwing Catherine in the Tower, given how pathetic a figure she wrote Catherine to be. Carmack's treatment of Elizabeth, while not entirely overlooking her more difficult points, has on the whole been a heroic one.And that brings me to another point. Carmack obviously loves the history she's drawing on for these books. After a while, however, it does begin to become obvious that Carmack's villains are fictional and that pretty much every historical figure is being presented sympathetically. Not always heroically - Catherine Grey is not heroic - but sympathetically. Elizabeth, Mary Queen of Scots, Catherine de'Medici, Dudley, Mary Boleyn's children, Cecil, Dr. Dee, etc. - all are burnished to a fine sheen. I'm not sure I want to complain about that, exactly, as I understand why Carmack might not wish to portray historical figures as villains, and nobody has so far received an outright hagiographic treatment (although Elizabeth sometimes comes close), but on the whole it's slightly too far on the idealized side for my personal tastes.Goodness, this has got long. On the whole, I enjoyed this book as a stand-alone, and continue to enjoy Kate's adventures in this pleasant series. I suspect the series will be drawing to a close soon, as while Kate cannot (view spoiler)[accept both of her suitors, she is unlikely to refuse them both (hide spoiler)], although it's possible that (view spoiler)[if she chooses Rob, he'll join her at court - though if she has children, as married women were expected to do, it would be hard to continue her career as Elizabeth's house detective and one of Cecil's operatives (hide spoiler)]. If it does come to an end soon, I'll have enjoyed the time I've spent in Kate's company. And hopefully there will be a novella sometime that's set during the time-skip! ;)

  • Donna Townsend
    2018-11-21 08:53

    Kate Haywood is a young musician in the 16th Century Court of Queen Elizabeth. A distant relation to the young Queen, she is in service to the Queen in more than just her role as an entertainer. Directed by Elizabeth to look into “secret matters”, Kate finds herself embroiled in intrigue and murder in the French Court at Fontainebleau.I rather like the premise of this bright young woman engaging in the business of the Court abroad. While she has been a member of the English Court for most of her life, she has become a spy, or agent, for the Queen. Her role is tenuous and uncertain and dangerous, of course.This is the fifth entry in Amanda Carmack’s The Elizabethan Mystery series. The story is well researched and steeped in historical content. Elizabeth’s England and reign is wildly interesting, and a terrific venue for a murder mystery. The writing is rich with historical accuracies and fancies and a real delight to read. In this era of Netflix and PBS and our renewed interest in the history of our British friends, this series is a lovely addition. I received this book from the author for an honest review; it is well worth reading, my friends. Now to get my hands on the first four books . . .

  • Susi
    2018-10-28 08:59

    Predictable and elementary book, but I was on my way to spend a few days in Fountainebleau, and wanted to get a sense of place, so I read the book...as I toured the Chateau and biked the surrounding forests I could feel the history....I love how reading can enhance ones travels.

  • Cindy
    2018-11-04 09:04

    I really enjoy this historical mystery series. Now I have to read the next one to see which of Kate's two suitors she chooses. I think that she will remain single and stay in Queen Elizabeth's court.

  • Annie
    2018-11-04 09:10

    It was ok. Not a thrilling mystery, but the book doesn't set itself off to be a thrilling mystery in the first place. Just not my type of pace.

  • Shirley
    2018-10-25 06:50

    So slow to start and repetitive. Easy to solve mystery. Some good history

  • Texjim
    2018-11-13 10:49

    This is a fascinating novel about the 16th century royal courts of France and England centered abut Elizabeth I, Mary Queen of Scots and Catherine de Medici. Despite the fact that little of substance occurs for the first 150 pages, the author keeps your attention with the thoughtful machinations of the principal Kate, Queen Elizabeth's personal musician and confident. She sends Kate to the French court to serve as her eyes and ears. Surprisingly, the central murder does not occur until more than halfway through the story. The culprit is obscured so to speak, amongst a host of suspects and plans within plans. Although events pick up from there, the story actually continues at a relatively measured pace through to its anticlimactic resolution. While the plot is relatively simplistic, the author's well researched historical context and rich environmental descriptions kept my interest even in the absence of much action. Thus, the writing saves what could have been a relatively slow dull read. Also the main character the wise, introspective and somewhat plucky (pun intended) lute player, Kate is well developed and likeable as are to a lessor extent the sympathetic men around her. If you enjoy historical novels with a little intrigue, you may enjoy this one. There are no objectionable language, violence or adult situations.

  • OpenBookSociety.com
    2018-11-05 08:12

    http://openbooksociety.com/article/mu...Murder at FontainebleauElizabethan Mysteries, Book #5By Amanda CarmackISBN: 9780451475701Author website: http://amandacarmack.com/Brought to you by OBS reviewer KaytSynopsis:In the latest Elizabethan mystery by the author of Murder at Whitehall, amateur sleuth Kate Haywood investigates deadly machinations unfolding behind the scenes in the magnificent French court.1561 Queen Elizabeth’s throne is threatened as Mary Queen of Scots—pushed in every direction by opposing and powerful forces—declares herself the rightful Queen of England. To discover her rival’s next unpredictable move, Elizabeth dispatches a party of trustworthy intimates to Mary’s court at Fontainebleau. Chief among them is Kate Haywood, who finds that the glittering balls and genial banquets conceal a web of poisonous ambition that soon turns deadly.When a beautiful and disruptively flirtatious member of the visiting party is murdered, Kate suspects that the man who stands accused has been set up to discredit Elizabeth. She vows to find the real killer, but the French court is a labyrinth unlike any she has ever navigated before—and at every turn there are more traps set to spring.Review:If you are a fan of the Elizabethan Era and/or Elizabethan Era Mysteries Murder at Fontainebleau is definitely for you. Kate Haywood is a great main character for so many reasons and I love reading about her. In a time where Queens ruled, women were more for looking at than being heard or truly seen as other than adornment. I have always found it odd, with such strong royal women such as Queen Elizabeth, Catherine de Medici and Mary Queen of Scots holding so much power, yet women were basically disregarded. Kate Haywood is a musician of excellent talent and has the ear and trust of her English Queen. Kate can go places most women cannot. Still being a woman and a musician she can be “stealth” and people take no notice of her, lips become loose and she can report back to her queen.In 1561, Queen Elizabeth is faced with distressing news that her cousin, Mary Qeen of Scots, has declared herself the rightful Queen of England. Times are turbulent in Scotland, France and England. Mary’s young husband, King Francis has died and no one is sure what her plans are now. Will she try to stay in France, the only country she has truly known, will she try to find a husband/ruler or will she return to Scotland as their queen? And is she does return to Scotland, will she try to lay claim to the English throne? Elizabeth needs her confidants, including Kate, to discover what Mary’s plans entail. Mary is recovering from her loss and problems with her health in the picturesque Fontainebleau.While at court one of the members of the visiting English party dies. Amelia seemed to attract the attention of every man in court and had even been the center of a duel the last time she was there at French court. Kate and others believe her death is murder. Mary even insinuates that one of the English killer her. Kate sets out to find the real killer in hopes of keeping Elizabeth’s name clear. So many people are suspects for so many different reasons. Along the way to finding the answers, Kate has to play the games of court. Dances, fetes, dinners, hawking, séances. Queen Mary and Regent Catherine both desire and enjoy her company. Kate has a hard time figuring out who to trust, if anyone ever says what they mean, who is a spy and who are they spying for. Luckily her actor friend Rob is also along.Murder at Fontainebleau is a wonderful mystery set in Elizabethan times and it is truly stupendous. The characters – historical and fictional – are well developed and come to life on the page. The historical characters are just as entertaining as the fictional ones, yet true to their history. Author Amanda Carmack has, as always, done an amazing job with her research. That said, even if you have no knowledge of the key figures in this time period, you will still enjoy the read. This is the 5th in the series “An Elizabethan Mystery”, however you can read it as a standalone without any problems. Any fan of this time period will be enthusiastically delighted by this great novel. Intrigue, espionage, court life and descriptive writing keep this wonderful read royally satisfying. Kate is a fabulous protagonist that is always a pleasure to follow as she winds her way through each mystery. I loved it.*OBS would like to thank the publisher for supplying a free copy of this title in exchange for an honest review

  • Silvara Wilde
    2018-10-27 10:00

    Check out my other reviews, discussions and link ups at Fantasy of the Silver Dragon.I received this book for free from Obsidian in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.I really love the attention to detail shown in this series. Everything from the clothes they wear, to who the characters could actually run into. The world is filled with little details that are easy to overlook if you aren't interested in the history, but really make the characters and time come alive.I also like the fact that the series uses ciphers and spies, as well as the more usual elements of cozy mysteries. The characters are easy to like, and there are always interesting twists and turns in the story.I guessed who the killer was early on, but not the why. There were a few different people it could have been, and it really wasn't obvious until the end. But there was just something about this particular one that made me go "that's them!"There is a little bit of a love triangle, but it's not touched on much at all except a tiny scene in the front of the book, and a small one in the back. I'm curious to see who Kate will choose, if anyone. But the love interests aren't integral to any of the books. So if you don't like romance in your mysteries, you still should try this series since there really isn't much focus on romance.If you're a fan of Queen Elizabeth and that era, you need to try this series.This review was originally posted on Fantasy of the Silver Dragon

  • Kayt18
    2018-11-09 04:01

    If you enjoy the Elizabethan Era and mysteries set in the time period, you will love "Murder at Fontainebleau". I adore the descriptive writing style of Amanda Carmack and Kate Haywood is an amazing protagonist. The author's delicate and flowing descriptions of the sights and sounds at court and everywhere bring the book to life. The beauty of the gardens and of Fontainebleau itself are amazing. I love the development of Kate herself as well. Faced with the loss of her father, her feelings for two very different men, her love of music and her unyielding loyalty to her Queen and friend Elizabeth, Kate is wonderful. She is strong, yet sensible and quiet. She is intelligent and humble, yet a true beauty. I enjoyed her awe and delight at the sights she encountered at French court. It was as if the author transported this reader to another time and place.I was given a copy in exchange for an honest review

  • Jane Irish Nelson
    2018-11-21 03:17

    After her father dies, Kate Haywood feels lost and alone. Until Queen Elizabeth sends her on a mission to France, where Elizabeth's cousin Mary, Queen of Scots, has recently lost her young husband. Kate is not alone, on her mission, but she is not sure exactly whom she can trust, and who might be working for the French or the Scots. When another young Englishwoman is killed she makes it her mission to discover who the culprit is, regardless of any danger to herself.While this series is not entirely believable in some ways, it is enjoyable, and it also provides and interesting and intriguing view of the era in which it occurs. Recommended.

  • Terri Crossley
    2018-11-10 05:58

    The attention to detail and the characters make this an amazing book! If you are a fan of the Elizabethan era then this a must read! Kate is a very talented musician and loyal to the queen. When the queen' s cousin makes a claim for the throne Kate is sent to gather information! While on her mission a member of her group is murdered. Kate must act quick and find the killer before someone uses this information to discredit the queen. I won this book and this is my fair and honest review. I highly recommend this book and I will definitely be reading more from this author!

  • Mia Manansala
    2018-11-04 07:59

    For my full review, go here: http://murderisdelicious.blogspot.com... This was the first book that I've read in this series. I loved this story so much that (literally) as soon as I finished, I went online and ordered all 5 books from my favorite independent history and mystery bookstore, Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore. I can't wait til they arrive so I can read the earlier installments in the series. If you like historical fiction and enjoy a good traditional mystery, definitely check this out.

  • Ashley
    2018-11-22 09:15

    I received this from NetGalley.com as an ARC. I have read the other books from Amanda Carmack and have really enjoyed her Elizabethan mysteries. She has fun stories with twists and great characters. She weaves in this history and historical figures so well to make it seem real. The stories are fun little cozy mysteries that remind me of the series by Karen Harper. I am always looking for a good historical mystery series and this one doesn't fail to deliver.

  • Argum
    2018-10-29 05:08

    Kate is off to France with a delegation after the Queen of Scots husband died, but before she has decided what to do in her widowhood. Strange things are below the surface at the court, but what is that to do with Elizabeth or if it is just strange French ways is unclear. Interesting love triangle business for poor Kate. Killer and motive seemed rather obvious to me from fairly early on. Still enjoy Kate, but very little of other friends in this one

  • Jane Shibilski
    2018-11-21 05:55

    Rather light reading. I found several plot inconsistencies. In one case, she refers to Queen Catherine's preference for seances and later on she refers to details of a seance that appears to have occurred, but no mention ever made of it happening or anyone attending a seance. Several other small plot disconnects also evident. Overall, I did not enjoy this book; preferred books earlier in the series.

  • Sharon
    2018-10-24 08:13

    An interesting mystery, with court politics, spies and a touch of romance. An opening on the world of France with Catherine De Medici and Mary, Queen of Scots as secondary characters. The world of Fontainebleau Palace in its' splendor is glimpsed, as is the treachery of court life. No one is what appears on the surface and death is always lurking. A good read.

  • Laurien Berenson
    2018-10-23 05:51

    I love this series and it gets better and better with each new book. Please keep them coming Amanda Carmack!

  • Vince
    2018-11-18 07:17

    Really enjoy this whole series so far.

  • Kristen McQuinn
    2018-11-08 03:59

    Pending HNS review.

  • Janifowose
    2018-10-31 07:12

    Waste of time.

  • Kathie
    2018-11-08 11:08

    Very entertaining book. Wish there were more in this series.