The Noble Assassin, Paperback
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A thrilling account of one of English history's most daring women, who risked everything in the dark days leading up to the Civil War.

The perfect novel for fans of Suzannah Dunn and Phillipa Gregory. Court beauty, Lucy Russell, Countess of Bedford, feels frustrated by life with her weak husband.

Poverty stricken, they are confined to their country estate and excluded from court life in London after he disastrously allies himself against Elizabeth I. Now, some years later, James I is seated on the English throne.

His daughter, Elizabeth Stuart, former confidant of Lucy, has married the King of Bohemia.

The precarious political situation in Europe is fraught, setting father against daughter.

When Elizabeth and her husband are deposed, exiled and forced on the run, James is in no mood to come to Elizabeth's aid. Hearing of Elizabeth's predicament, Lucy sees an opportunity to re-establish the Bedford name and offers herself as a peace envoy between the two parties.

Setting out on a daring mission across the channel, Lucy discovers she is being manipulated by unscrupulous men, not least the calculating and darkly handsome Duke of Buckingham. Can Lucy tread this most dangerous path, or by risking everything, will she pay the ultimate price?


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 400 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
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  • Category: Historical fiction
  • ISBN: 9780007289134



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Not my cup of tea. Honestly, I found the storyline boring, and the protagonist thoroughly unlikeable. The story was meant to follow on from an earlier book by the author, <i>The King's Daughter</i>, but there were inconsistencies which just drove me mad. The writing style felt like the author was trying to reel off lots of information in a hurry, and the tenses were all over the place. There was something about the way Lucy's internal monologue was written that reminded me of Philippa Gregory at her worst (think Mary QoS in <i>The Other Queen</i>).Sorry, just didn't like this one.