Wednesday, November 12, 2008

A Murder for her Majesty by Beth Hilgartner

A Murder for her Majesty by Beth Hilgartner (Houghton Mifflin Company, New York: New York, 1986)
Historical Fiction/Mystery

Review by Gamila from Gamila's Review

This historical fiction set in Elizabethan England begins with the main character headed toward the city of York to find help from Lady Jenny. Alice Tuckfield has just witnessed two men kill her father in the woods, and is trying to find someplace safe. Near the point of exhaustion, she runs into a boy on the streets of York, who he offers her something to eat. He offers to let her stay the night in their boarding house without the mistress knowing. They hide her in an upstairs closet. The boarding house is full of boys that sing in the church choir.
The boys plan a scheme to see how long they can hide her in the boys choir without Master Frost, the director noticing that she is a girl. They turn Alice into a boy and continue to let her hide in the upstairs closet. Alice realizes that she is in danger when she hears voices talking in the cathedral late at night. They are talking about her, and how they can't find her. They are the murderers of her father and a priest, Father Cooper, is working with them. Alice doesn't know what to do, but she is safe pretending to be a choirboy, but that might change if Father Cooper keeps snooping.
This is a really charming book and a very engaging read. The setting in York is extremely fun. The description of the choirboy's life is fascinating and the historical setting is flawlessly seamed into the story. The author is excellent at characterization. I loved Masters Frost and Kenton just as much as I loved Alice. The boys were fun-loving and playful characters that made Alice's life so interesting and much more exciting. This really is a delightful clean read.


hopeinbrazil said...

I read this outloud to my sons and they loved it.

Deanna H. said...

This sounds like a great historical fiction book. Always looking for good ones in that genre. Thanks for the review!

Bethany said...

I really enjoy historical fiction. This one sounds great. Thanks for such a great website!!

Tristi Pinkston said...

This sounds fun!

Anonymous said...

I'm a big fan of historical fiction, so I'll have to check this one out. By the way, thanks for starting this blog. It's so nice to know I have a "clean" list to refer to.

Brianne said...

This was my favorite book as a child. I highly recommend it to anyone who might want to read it! Especially if you love music; there's a lot of music in this book. It is very enjoyable and well-written.

Anonymous said...

This is the best book I have ever read. Simply AMAZING. Thankyou so much Beth for providing such a reviting novel for myself to read.

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