Advance reader reviews of The Tudor Secret by C. W. Gortner.

The Tudor Secret

The Elizabeth I Spymaster Chronicles

By C. W. Gortner

The Tudor Secret
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  • Published in USA  Feb 2011,
    352 pages.

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  • Angie G. (Hagerstown, MD)


    The Tudor Secret
    If you are looking for a light, enjoyable mystery then this may be the book for you. The book moved along at an easy pace and the historical setting was engaging. If you are looking for historical accuracy then this may not be the book for you.
    I facilitate an adult book discussion group at a library. I would not select this as a discussion book but would recommend it to those interested in this genre.
  • Terrie J. (Eagan, MN)


    A Fun Twist on History
    I really enjoyed this book. I love a mystery and am not a big fan of historical fiction, but trying to be. This book has set me on my path to read more historical fiction. I loved the character development and the twists that the book took. It put a fun twist on historical fact. I would recommend this book and will read more of the series.
  • Nikki R. (Irvine, CA)


    Quick Read
    I have to say I did enjoy this book although it will not go down as a favorite in the same way my last read, The Lacuna, by Barbara Kingsolver will. I found it an easy, quick read bordering on a summer beach book. The historical aspects were present in a pleasing fashion encouraging you to pursue more in depth information. As this is apparently the first in the Brendan Prescott spymaster series I look forward to others.
  • Juli S. (Portland, OR)


    Not sure I'll continue with the series
    I knew from his previous book about Catherine de Medici that I enjoyed C.W. Gortner’s writing, but this one fell a bit flat for me. It started out promising with an apparently naïve young man being sent to court at a time when scheming and plotting was at its dirtiest and nastiest. Within a few short pages he’s gone from his first exposure to life at court to being sharp enough to be conscripted as a spy for a member of Elizabeth’s inner circle. I know it’s historical fiction but some of the quick turnarounds and emotional attachments in this one just seemed too quick.

    Despite that, I liked Brendan Prescott as a character. He seemed to have a strong inner place from which he made his decisions and alliances. The secondary characters that he joined up with along the way were interesting and for a planned series might make a good core of recurring characters.

    I know it’s planned as a series, but I’m just not sure it’s a series I’ll bother to continue reading.
  • Mary L. (Madison, MS)


    Excellent historical mysery
    I highly recommend this first in a new series set in Tudor England. The book is well written and the characters quickly become real to the reader.
  • Marion T. (Palatine, IL)


    The Tudor Secret
    I am a lover of historical fiction and I enjoyed this read. "The Tudor Secret" fulfills most of my requirements. It is a good quick read, fast moving, mix with facts, figures and intrigue. It has detailed descriptions of life in the courts and London in the period. However, it does lack character development and depth. That being said I do look forward to the next in the series.
  • Elizabeth B. (Sunnyvale, CA)


    The Tudor Secret
    This was a fun book to read. Having read both non-fiction and historical fiction of the Tudor period, I found this perspective entertaining, an imaginative perspective of some of the events and persons of this period of history. However, I would have preferred richer descriptions of the characters and less predictable plot development.
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