Thursday, June 5, 2014

Murder by Misrule by Anna Castle

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
Read: May 26, 2014

Francis Bacon is charged with investigating the murder of a fellow barrister at Gray’s Inn. He recruits his unwanted protégé Thomas Clarady to do the tiresome legwork. The son of a privateer, Clarady will do anything to climb the Elizabethan social ladder. Bacon’s powerful uncle Lord Burghley suspects Catholic conspirators of the crime, but other motives quickly emerge. Rival barristers contend for the murdered man’s legal honors and wealthy clients. Highly-placed courtiers are implicated as the investigation reaches from Whitehall to the London streets. Bacon does the thinking; Clarady does the fencing. Everyone has something up his pinked and padded sleeve. Even the brilliant Francis Bacon is at a loss — and in danger — until he sees through the disguises of the season of Misrule.

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Francis Bacon, Viscount St Alban
I have mixed feelings about Anna Castle's Murder by Misrule. On one hand I found it entertaining in an amusing sort of way, but on the other, I must admit the story didn't grab me the way I'd hoped it would.

Castle's characters are a diverse collection of individuals. The socially awkward and disgraced Bacon, the rogue Tom Clarady, the pretentious Stephen Delabere, the stately Allen Trumpington and the earnest Benjamin Whitt make a well-rounded team and though somewhat predictable, I found I enjoyed following their exploits. 

There are several scenes that boast great tension and intrigue, but that sense of suspense often waned between key points in the narrative. It isn't a bad story, but I think I might had appreciated it more if the momentum established in the early chapters had been maintained through the final page.

A humorous tale, Murder by Misrule is brimming with levity and mirth. A lighter historical the book is sure to enchant those looking for airy and upbeat fiction.

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"A lawyer of Gray's Inn," Ralegh answered. "He's been murdered. By a theif, most likely, although there are elements inconsistent with that theory."
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Check Out All the Stops on Anna Castle's Murder by Misrule Virtual Book Tour Schedule

Monday, June 2
Review at Flashlight Commentary
Book Blast at Mari Reads
Tuesday, June 3
Interview at Flashlight Commentary
Guest Post at Historical Fiction Connection
Wednesday, June 4
Book Blast at The Musings of ALMYBNENR
Thursday, June 5
Book Blast at Our Wolves Den
Friday, June 6
Review at Book Nerd
Book Blast at The Mad Reviewer
Book Blast at A Dream Within a Dream
Saturday, June 7
Book Blast at Kelsey’s Book Corner
Sunday, June 8
Review at Carole’s Ramblings
Monday, June 9
Review at Ageless Pages Reviews
Tuesday, June 10
Book Blast at West Metro Mommy
Wednesday, June 11
Review at Oh, For the Hook of a Book
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Thursday, June 12
Review at Curling Up By the Fire
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Book Blast at Cheryl’s Book Nook
Monday, June 16
Book Blast at Closed the Cover
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Tuesday, June 17
Review & Giveaway at 100 Pages a Day
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Book Blast at CelticLady’s Reviews
Thursday, June 19
Review at Bibliotica
Book Blast at Historical Fiction Obsession
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Review at A Bibliotaph’s Reviews
Interview at All Things Girl
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Book Blast at Griperang’s Bookmarks
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Review, Guest Post, and Giveaway at A Bookish Affair
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Review at Jorie Loves a Story
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Book Blast at Susan Heim on Writing
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Review at A Bookish Girl
Review at Layered Pages
Review at Kinx’s Book Nook
Friday, June 27
Book Blast at Caroline Wilson Writes
Monday, June 30
Book Blast at Historical Tapestry
Tuesday, July 1
Interview at Starting Fresh
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Review at Kincavel Korner
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Review & Giveaway at The True Book Addict
Guest Post & Giveaway at Bibliophilia, Please
Friday, July 4
Review at Svetlana’s Reads and Views

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