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The Tutor's Conspiracy -- C.W. Gortner
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Book 2 in the Elizabeth I Spymaster Trilogy

Winter, 1554: Mary Tudor has become queen and her enemies are imprisoned in the Tower. But her betrothal to Philip of Spain puts her Protestant subjects in peril, and rumors of a plot to depose her swirl around England’s heir and only hope: the queen’s half-sister, Princess Elizabeth.

Haunted by his past, Brendan Prescott’s time of refuge comes to an end when disquieting news from Cecil sends him on a dangerous mission to assist the captive Elizabeth. Obliged to return to the palace where he almost lost his life, he begins a deadly game of cat-and-mouse with a mysterious opponent who hides a terrifying secret.  As he races against time to retrieve a cache of private letters and halt a conspiracy that could make Elizabeth queen or send her to her death, Brendan faces unimaginable loss. Plunged into London’s treacherous underbelly in search of the truth, he discovers that in this world of betrayal and deceit, where power is supreme and sister can turn against sister, nothing—and no one—is what it seems.


"Gortner has an unmatched talent for bringing the past to life . . . Historical fiction at its best. Not to be missed."

Tasha Alexander, bestselling author of A Crimson Warning


"Pulses with the treachery, political upheaval, fear and madness that were part of Mary’s reign. In Gortner’s capable hands, the reader is easily drawn in. Well-done and engaging."

Romantic Times


“A tangled skein of intrigue, both vibrant historical mystery and crime-thriller with an A-list cast of characters. Here are Elizabeth Tudor and her Robert Dudley in a light you’ve seldom seen them."

Margaret George, bestselling author of Elizabeth