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Two Murders Reaped
by Cynthia S Haggard   

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Books by Cynthia S Haggard
· Thwarted Queen
· The Bride Price
· The Gilded Cage
· Rose of Raby
· One Seed Sown
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Category: 

Historical Fiction

Publisher:  Spun Stories Press ISBN-10:  0984816933
Pages: 

173

Copyright:  October 23, 2011 ISBN-13:  9780984816934

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TWO MURDERS REAPED is the fourth in a series of four books about Cecylee Neville (1415-1495), mother of Richard III and Edward IV, Queen by Right and Abbess. To those of you who enjoyed Anne Easter Smith’s historical novel about Cecily, TWO MURDERS REAPED uncovers the last thirty-five years of Cecylee’s life.

 It is in October, 1459. Cecylee is forty-four years old and has been abandoned at Ludlow Castle by her husband, Richard Duke of York, who has fled to elude capture. Yet Cecylee calmly walks down to the marketplace in Rouen, and waits for the Lancastrian army.  

 

What happens next is something that Cecylee could not have imagined in her worst nightmare.

 

After the murder of her husband, the House of York regroups under her bastard son Edward, who wins two decisive battles, and becomes King Edward IV. Cecylee is in her element. As the young king’s mother, her views and opinions carry weight.

 

But Cecylee’s contentment does not last long. Edward makes a disastrous marriage to Élisabeth Woodville, the poor widow of a Lancastrian knight, thus displacing Cecylee. Titling herself Queen by Right, she refuses to move out of the Queen’s apartments. 

 

Worse follows. Cecylee loathes her coldly beautiful daughter-in-law, and nicknames her The Serpent. One day, she spills a secret that should have remained locked in her heart, and the whole world turns against her.

Excerpt
Chapter 1
Ludlow, Welsh Marches
October 13, 1459
A low, rumbling sound could be heard faintly in the
distance. It grew louder. It shimmered with the addition of
the high jingling sounds of harness and bridle. A trumpet
sounded a blast, and the folk of Ludlow came to their doors,
braced for the worst. A chill wind lifted my veil, fluttering
from the point of my tall henin. To greet the queen, I arrayed
myself in a dress of pale green damask woven with gold
thread, worn over a violet chemise. I had not thought to put
on my mantle, believing we would be back in the castle soon.
But the neckline of my gown was edged in miniver, and that
helped to ward off the cold.
My three children stood with me; Margaret, running a
rosary through her fingers as she recited the prayers I’d taught
her; George, shifting impatiently from one foot to the other
as he fingered the exquisitely bejeweled dagger his father had
given him; and Richard, who had turned seven only ten days
before. Richard was dressed in his favorite shade of grey,
which set off his grey-blue eyes. In contrast to his brother, he
was quiet; far too quiet. The only emotion he showed was
when he clutched at my hand when, with a roar, the queen’s
army flooded into the marketplace of Ludlow. The sound
was deafening, as the children and I were suddenly
surrounded by the grinning, leering faces of unwashed,
unshaven men, brandishing weapons.


Professional Reviews

extraordinary history
TWO MURDERS REAPED is the fourth in a series of four books about Cecylee Neville (1415-1495), mother of Richard III and Edward IV, Queen by Right and Abbess. To those of you who enjoyed Anne Easter Smith's historical novel about Cecily, TWO MURDERS REAPED uncovers the last thirty-five years of Cecylee's life. It is in October, 1459. Cecylee is forty-four years old and has been abandoned at Ludlow Castle by her husband, Richard Duke of York, who has fled to elude capture. Yet Cecylee calmly walks down to the marketplace in Rouen, and waits for the Lancastrian army. What happens next is something that Cecylee could not have imagined in her worst nightmare. After the murder of her husband, the House of York regroups under her bastard son Edward, who wins two decisive battles, and becomes King Edward IV. Cecylee is in her element. As the young king's mother, her views and opinions carry weight. But Cecylee's contentment does not last long. Edward makes a disastrous marriage to Élisabeth Woodville, the poor widow of a Lancastrian knight, thus displacing Cecylee. Titling herself Queen by Right, she refuses to move out of the Queen's apartments. Worse follows. Cecylee loathes her coldly beautiful daughter-in-law, and nicknames her The Serpent. One day, she spills a secret that should have remained locked in her heart, and the whole world turns against her.

The loss of her children and the rapid changes in the rule of England during the final book are explored from the view of how Cecylee impacted these changes. The twists and turns are too numerous to mention, but show how one person can impact the rule of a nation. One line in the book talks about how women can impact men despite being subservient during this era. This book is a prime example of how that can occur.

I love reading historical fiction and the level of attention to detail in these books is extordinary. Ms. Haggard has done exceptional research to bring the story of Cecylee to life. I give these books 4 out of 5 stars.


Loved this series
Thwarted Queen divides into four books: book one THE BRIDE PRICE, book two ONE SEED SOWN, book three THE GILDED CAGE, book four TWO MURDERS REAPED.

TWO MURDERS REAPED is book four...It starts off wih Richard Duke of York, flees to elude capture and abandoned his wife Cecylee at Ludlow Castle. Left on her own with three small children, Cecylee walks down to the marketplace in Rouen, and waits for the Lancastrian army. What happens next is Cecylee worst nightmare.
After the murder of Richard, the House of York regroups under her son Edward, who wins two battles, and becomes King Edward IV. As the young king's mother, her views and opinions carry weight. Edwards secret marriage to Élisabeth Woodville, the poor widow of a Lancastrian knight, infuriates Cecylee. Thinking herself as Queen by Right, she refuses to move out of the Queen's apartments. Cecylee loathes her coldly beautiful daughter-in-law, and calls her The Serpent. One day, spilling a secret that should have remained locked in her heart, and the whole world turns against her.

Cynthia Haggard is and excellent writing. The story and characters are so real that they walk off the pages of the book and playout right in front of you. TWO MURDERS REAPED is a nice addition to the rest of the series, and a wonderful ending. All I want to say is anyone who likes historical fictions or simply just likes a good story...get up, go to you local bookstore and pick up this series, I LOVED IT!!

I recieved this book by the author for an honest review...Thank-you Cynthia Haggard, Thwarted Queen series well be the book given to family and friends birthdays this year.



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