A dark mystery set in 14th century London, and during the region of Richard II. Count me in, I really love this setting, and the way it was written. Beautiful, old and immersed me in this tale.
I do feel that this mystery was plotted very well, and every detail being so very important that when all the questions were answered, it was an awesome reveal from start to end. With everything coming together.
Most importantly, this reflected the turmoil of those times. Right after the Black Prince, and also his uncle, John the Gaunt. There is a lot of turmoil, and plenty of mystery. The object that is missing here is the Rose Casket, which was won by the English when the French couldn’t keep warring with them.
And also, I love the antagonist of the story. She is a glorious depiction of a mastermind, and that she is not what anybody expects. And when she lost too many things, she begins to plot and get back what she wants and need. Although her actions and personality are only revealed towards the end, but that was so delicious and who doesn’t love a murderess as compared to your normal murderer. And her motives are well thought out, and explains why she would be pushed to do so. I would say, I love her. And should anyone look at it from another angle, she can very well be the main character.
And this is why I fell in love with this book. It isn’t perfect, since the main characters are mostly classic detectives who are investigating this. Not much is known about their personalities nor is there even a need to. But the villain was the most fleshed out character here, towards the end in my opinion due to all the reveals and the investigation revealing plenty of things about her. I feel as though I know her best out of all of them.
Hence, I recommend this if you love history and romance together. Also, if you prefer a fresher setting than Victorian England or Regency England, then this is the book for you. And also, if you very well want to read about a villain with more believable motivations.
I voluntarily requested an ARC from Netgalley.
Rating: 4 out of 5