Mysteries in the royal court!

Who is Lady Grace?

Historical Mystery series, The Lady Grace Mysteries is about the adventures and investigations of Lady Grace Cavendish who is a maid of honor to Queen Elizabeth I solving mysteries in the royal court.

Written in the style of a diary by Lady Grace, the series is really written by Patricia Finney in the first place (for three books), then by Sara Volger and Jan Burchett. Of course, all three authors wrote under the pseudonym “Grace Cavendish”.

Lady Grace Books in Order:

  1. Assassin – Since the death of her beloved mother, Lady Grace has become the Queen’s favourite Maid of Honour. But even favourites have to obey the Queen’s wishes – and the Queen wants Grace to be married. Choosing between her suitors – Sir Charles, Sir Gerald and Lord Robert – is easy for Grace: she doesn’t want to marry any of them! When Gerald is found dead after the ball at which Grace should have picked her favourite suitor, suspicion falls on Lord Robert. But Grace has noticed that Sir Charles has been acting strangely…
  2. Betrayal – When Lady Grace’s fellow Maid of Honour, Lady Sarah, disappears after a trip to meet the Queen’s fleet in the docks, Grace knows she has to find out what’s going on. She believes Sarah has run away to be married to the handsome Captain Drake – but is she right? With the help of her acrobat friend Masou, Grace leaves the court in disguise in an attempt to track down Lady Sarah and try to save her honour.
  3. Conspiracy – Lady Grace and her fellow Maids of Honour are travelling with the Queen and the rest of the court on their summer Progress. It should be lots of fun but Grace can’t help worrying about a series of accidents that have befallen the Queen. Was it just coincidence that she fell off her horse in the same day that a statue tumbled in the garden and almost hit her? Grace investigates just who could be behind these accidents – is there a conspiracy at work?
  4. Deception – Queen Elizabeth is furious at the delays to the production of her new coin – and so Lady Grace and her fellow Maids of Honour escape her bad temper and set off to skate on the frozen Thames. But their outing turns sour when a body is discovered on the banks – a man blindfolded with coins on his eyes. Grace is sure something odd is going on and decides that, as the Queen’s Lady Pursuivant, she should be the one to investigate.

  1. Exile – There’s a new arrival – a mysterious and exotic young princess – at court and Lady Grace can’t believe how many rumours there are about her already. The exiled Banoo Yasmine from Sharakand is a beautiful girl with a pet panther and – everyone believes – magical powers. Yasmine also possesses the renowned Heart of Kings Ruby – a huge stone that she wears around her neck to balls and feasts, that legend says has the power to make kings. When the famed jewel goes missing, the finger is pointed at Grace’s dear friend Ellie the laundrymaid. Grace must prove her friend’s innocence, find the true thief and restore the stone to its rightful owner.
  2. Feud – There is much excitement at court as the famous painter Levina Teerlimc arrives to paint the Queen’s portrait. The Maids of Honour are recruited to help entertain the Queen during the sittings, and to pose for the painter whilst the Queen is busy. They love being in the studio but have to beware as deadly arsenic is used in one of the paints! One of Lady Grace’s fellow Maids of Honour, Carmina, begins to act rather strangely – she seems confused and always tired. Her family has recently been involved in a feud with another noble family after her father was killed in a jousting tournament – is it possible that Carmina is being poisoned? Could the painter or her assistant be involved? Can Grace solve the mystery and discover the truth behind the strange happenings at Court?
  3. Gold! – Preparations for the wedding of one of Lady Grace’s fellow Maids of Honour are interrupted when a shipment of gold, on its way to the Queen, is stolen! The culprit is a single masked horseman, all in black – or is it a gang of ruffians from the forest? The clues seem to point in several different directions and Grace, as Queen Elizabeth’s trusty secret Lady Pursuivant, can’t make head or tail of them. Could one of the newcomers to court be involved? And will Grace be able to help recover the fortune?
  4. Haunted – The Queen and her Maids of Honour are spending the summer at a nobleman’s estate, where a new manor house is being built. But the work has to stop when a mysterious spook appears. Could the ghost of a murdered Earl be haunting the site of his death? Grace begins to investigate and finds that there are many rumours about the ghost – and uncovering the truth could be dangerous…

  1. Intrigue – A new play: Intrigue, is just about to open in Whitehall. The play includes a very clever, convincing death scene, and Queen Elizabeth is desperate to see it before the rest of her country. But when the Queen and her court go to watch, the death scene is far too convincing – in fact, it’s real! Richard Fitzgrey is murdered in front of the Queen! Leaf through the pages of the daybooke of Lady Grace, favourite Maid of Honour of Queen Elizabeth I, and enter a theatrical world full of mystery . . .
  2. Jinx – It’s the height of summer and the palace is full of ambassadors and ladies from the Spanish court. When a visit to the famous St Bartholomew’s fair is planned to entertain the guests, Grace jumps at the chance to get out for the day. Not everybody feels the same though and there’s a lot of superstision amongst the ladies about the gypsies, fortune tellers and herbal medicine that will be at the fair. When a mysterious fire at the fair leaves Lady Sarah injured and a gypsy woman dead, it seems the ladies were right to be worried. But was the fire started on purpose? And can Grace get to the bottom of this mystery?
  3. Keys – When the Court clockmaker, Mr Urseau, is found dead in his workshop – a dagger in his chest and a key clutched in his hand – rumours start flying. Was the murderer his young assistant? Or maybe his wife? Both could be after Urseau’s private treasure. And where is the key from? What is it for? Lady Grace, Queen Elizabeth’s own Lady Pursuiviant, is determined to get to the bottom of all these questions. But things get even more complicated when Grace discovers that a mysterious clock was delivered to the palace on the day Urseau was killed . . .
  4. Loot – When the crown jewels are stolen from a locked room in the castle right under Queen Elizabeth’s nose – she’s furious and asks Grace, her secret Lady Pursuivant, to investigate. This is the toughest mystery Grace has had to solve yet. The thief must be amongst them in the palace . . . Can Grace figure out their identity before it’s too late?