Searcher of the Dead (A Bess Ellyott Mystery #1) by Nancy Herriman

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Searcher of the Dead (A Bess Ellyott Mystery #1) Read Online Free - Herbalist and widow Bess Ellyott tries to escape the loss of her husband in Elizabethan London only to find that death is following her, and she may very well be next in Searcher of the Dead, the first in a new historical mystery series by Nancy Herriman.

Living amid the cultural flowering, religious strife, and political storms of Tudor England, Bess Ellyott is an herbalist, a widow, and a hunted woman. She fled London after her husband was brutally murdered, but the bucolic town in the countryside where she lands will offer her no solace. She still doesn’t know who killed her husband, but she knows one thing: The murderer is still out there. This becomes all too clear when Bess’s brother-in-law, a prosperous merchant, is himself found dead—dangling from a tree, an apparent suicide.

But Bess doesn’t believe that for a moment, and nor do her neighbors. Competition is cutthroat in the 17th century, and word around the town holds that the dead man is a victim of rival merchants scheming to corner the wool market. Bess, though, is convinced the killer is out to destroy her family.

Town constable Christopher Harwoode will cross members of his own family to help Bess find the killer—whose next target may very well be Queen Elizabeth I—in this unshakably gripping, devilishly unpredictable series debut that will delight fans of Alison Weir and Philippa Gregory.

Title : Searcher of the Dead (A Bess Ellyott Mystery #1)
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ISBN : 1683315383
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 336 pages


Juli rated it ★★★★☆

March 12, 2018

Bess Ellyot flees London after the death of her husband. Martin's cause of death was recorded as the bloody flux, but Bess knows he was murdered. After arriving at the home of her brother, she hopes that she has escaped from whatever evil killed her husband. But when her brother-in-law is found h...

Kathy rated it ★★★★★

February 05, 2018

Bess Ellyot is a herbalist and a widow who has fled from London after her husband was poisoned. She is living with her brother in a small town. When her sister's husband is found dead, she doesn't believe that he committed suicide but that is what the crowner decides. A verdict of suicide means t...

eyes.2c rated it ★★★☆☆

March 21, 2018

Suspicions run rife! Set in Elizabethan England, the customs of the times dictate that a suicide leaves those behind not only emotionally bereft, but they are stripped of all their worldly goods. Widowed herbalist Bess Ellyott's sister's husband is found hanging from a tree and is deemed a suicide...

Edith rated it ★★★★★

April 07, 2018

Herriman gives us a beautifully crafted and suspenseful start to a new historical series with Searcher of the Dead. Widowed herbalist Bess Ellyott is a smart, caring protagonist with a troubled past. Constable Kit Hardwoode admires her bravery and intelligence as they work together to apprehend a...

LadyJBookishNook rated it ★★★★★

March 11, 2018

For all my reviews, visit my blog at Follow me onTwitter What a great historical mystery by author Nancy Herriman. Searcher of the Dead is the first installment in The Bess Ellyott Mystery Series. The story starts out in London but quickly moves to Wiltshire, En...

Kristina rated it ★★★☆☆

March 17, 2018

Searcher of the Dead by Nancy Herriman is the first book A Bess Ellyott Mystery series that is set in the late sixteenth century (1593). Elizabeth “Bess” Ellyott is a widow, herbalist and healer who moved from London to Wiltshire one year ago after the death of her husband. Only Bess and her serv...

Maggies rated it ★★★★☆

November 03, 2017

Searcher Of The Dead by Nancy Herriman #NetGalley #SearcherOfTheDead #Bookreview #Goodreads #maggiesdaisy start 10/29/2017 end 11/00/2017 A Recent widow and herbalist Bess Ellycott are one step away from finding the actual killer of her brother-in-law, who was found hanging from a tree. If her brot...

Christina rated it ★★★☆☆

January 19, 2018

This historical mystery set in 1593 was a slow read. It’s about a young widower named Bess who is an herbalist. She is living with her brother after fleeing because her husband was murdered. Long story short, a murder takes place in Bess’ family that she sets out to solve… well kinda. She and the...

Talk rated it ★★★☆☆

March 13, 2018

3.5 Stars I usually suck at mysteries in that I could never guess who the perpetrator is most of the time, but in the case of SEARCHER OF THE DEAD, the suspect was totally hidden and anything that might point out to him is under wraps! Fans of mysteries and suspense will get a kick trying to guess...

Caroline rated it ★★★★☆

April 17, 2018

Liked this more than I anticipated. Might be my first late 1500s mystery and boy were things different! (Especially since Regency and Victorian eras seem to be my forte). I became very invested in the characters, so I eagerly await book 2!

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