A Jack Blackjack Tudor Mystery

A Murder Too Soon

Jack Blackjack is ordered to eliminate a spy in Princess Elizabeth's household in this engaging Tudor mystery.

June, 1554. Former cutpurse and now professional assassin Jack Blackjack has deep misgivings about his latest assignment. He has been despatched to the Palace of Woodstock, where Queen Mary's half-sister Princess Elizabeth is being kept under close guard. Jack's employer has reason to believe that a spy has been installed within the princess's household, and Jack has been ordered to kill her.

Jack has no choice but to agree. But he arrives at Woodstock to discover that a murder has already been committed.

As he sets out to prove his innocence by uncovering the real killer, Jack finds the palace to be a place steeped in misery and deceit; a hotbed of illicit love affairs, seething resentments, clashing egos and bitter jealousies. But who among Woodstock's residents is hiding a deadly secret - and will Jack survive long enough to find out?

The Puzzle Doctor made A Murder Too Soon his Book of the Month, and described it as: "A fun historical mystery, making good use of a fairly amoral lead character in an entertaining way. And I didn't spot the murderer, which was a bonus."

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A Murder Too Soon is published by Creme de la Crime (Severn House) on 3st May 2017. Order your copy from Amazon UK or from any bookshop (ISBN: 978-1-7802-9098-0).