04 Jan 2017
I just finished reading a wonderful historical fiction by A. Piper Burgi. Review below.
A True Masterwork
Some authors tell intriguing stories. Some tell compelling stories.
A.Piper Burgi, with her novel ‘In the Shadow of her Majesty,’ has done both, and more.
With her inimitable style of writing narration, she has not only knitted an intriguing tale of a death and possible murder, ostensibly for lust, greed and gain during the time of Queen Elizabeth 1st, she has compelled the reader directly into her story.
Robert Dudley’s wife Amy is dead, and there is every reason to believe Robert, a favourite of the Queen, no longer in love with his wife, was the murderer. But was he?
Though this may sound like a ‘Who-done-it,’ mystery, and there are elements of A. Conan Doyle in the plot, there is much, much more.
This is a story about human divisiveness, lust and avarice, friendship and loyalty, and even love and frailty.
A.Piper Burgi has crafted a true masterwork with ‘In the Shadow of her Majesty.’ One that keeps you spinning out your theories and questioning and dispensing with them until the very last chapter.
A fine work, Ms Burgi. Your narration ranks up there with anything I’ve read from a contemporary author.
T. E. Mark