Murder by Misrule

Rated 4.67/5 based on 3 reviews
Francis Bacon is charged with investigating the murder of a barrister at Gray's Inn. He recruits his unwanted student Thomas Clarady to do the tiresome legwork, chasing witnesses from Whitehall to the London streets. Everyone has something up his pinked and padded sleeve. Even the brilliant Bacon is at a loss — and in danger — until he sees through the disguises of the season of Misrule. More
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About Anna Castle

Anna Castle writes two series of novels: the Francis Bacon mysteries and the Lost Hat, Texas mysteries. She has earned a series of degrees -- BA in the Classics, MS in Computer Science, and a Ph.D in Linguistics -- and has had a corresponding series of careers -- waitressing, software engineering, grammar-writing, assistant professor, and archivist. Historical fiction combines her lifelong love of stories and learning. She physically resides in Austin, Texas, but mentally counts herself a queen of infinite space.

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Review by: JaneofArch on July 16, 2017 :
Too long, too diffuse, too many murders, a myriad of potential protagonists, a late-inning switch in heroines, and a colorless villain. I read it to the end and pretty much enjoyed it but it could have been so much better with a greater degree of authorial self-discipline.

Perhaps the author has read too much Georgette Heyer.
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Review by: Susan Larsen on June 13, 2014 :
Murder and history beautifully blended.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
Review by: jrrymllr on June 11, 2014 :
If you like to read English history and if you're bored by the typical regency novel, buy this book. It's set in the Elizabethan era and you'll be fascinated -- I was, at least -- by the author's knowledge of what it was like to live in Shakespeare's London, full of sights, sounds and smells. The book is beautifully written and there really is a murder mystery.
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