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!DOWNLOAD PDF ☩ Queen & Country ☢ After three long years, exiled from home and family, and drawn into the depths of the London underworld under the tutelage of Elizabeth I s spymaster Francis Walsingham, Hew returns to Scotland with his new English wife FrancesThe execution of Mary, Queen of Scots has unleashed a torrent of anti English sentiment in the Scottish people and fear in King James VI, jeopardising Hew s now unlawful marriage However, the king invites Hew to investigate the perplexing meaning of a death s head painting that has come into his possession What does it symbolise, and is it a message from his dead mother And are the local painters all that they appear If Hew solves the mystery, his marriage to Frances will be blessed The stakes have never been higher as he embarks on a quest for love and life Queen Country is the fifth Hew Cullan mystery Not read any others in this series but managed to pick up and enjoy this Looks at the story of Mary Queen of Scots death and it s affect in Scotland I studied Elizabeth history at A level but hadn t done anything on this aspect so I found it really interesting Quite dour in places but this fits the story and time. I very much enjoyed this latest in the Hew Cullen series We discover what befalls Hew after he is rescued from certain death and spirited off to London where he is tutored in the art of spying by Walsingham, Queen Elizabeth s Secretary and spymaster I loved the accuracy of detail and it s clear that a great deal of meticulous research went into this novel Set in the period shortly before the execution of Mary, Queen of Scots it s fascinating to learn of the tensions and distrust between Scotl I very much enjoyed this latest in the Hew Cullen series We discover what befalls Hew after he is rescued from certain death and spirited off to London where he is tutored in the art of spying by Walsingham, Queen Elizabeth s Secretary and spymaster I loved the accuracy of detail and it s clear that a great deal of meticulous research went into this novel Set in the period shortly before the execution of Mary, Queen of Scots it s fascinating to learn of the tensions and distrust between Scotland and England at this time Eventually after several years Hew is allowed to return home with his new wife Frances In Presbyterian Scotland however, his marriage is not recognised His sister Meg and brother in law Giles while happy to see Hew are cautious about his choice of wife Back in Scotland Hew is summoned to the court of King James and asked to solve a puzzle which has troubled the King Should he be successful he will be able to marry legally.However, there is a murder at the University and Hew is enlisted to uncover the killer Hew manages to work out the answer to both so earning the right to marry his Frances in Scotland I particularly enjoy the use of many of the old Scots words and was happy to see the links to museums etc where further reading could be done There was an interesting twist at the end which is making me look forward to the next Hew Cullen story So muchthan a mystery An excellent historical thriller filled with rich characters who you want to knowabout, the inclusion of Scottish prose only adds to the charm of this engaging and entertaining book.Eagerly awaiting the publication of the next Hew Cullan Mystery.If you like Sansome s Matthew Shardlake or Parris s Bruno Giordano characters you love this authors characters too. Old friends Another well written Hew Cullan book which was good reading from beginning to end In some places the storyline could have been developedbut that might have made for a laborious read I liked the twist near the end. Although this was a bitdescriptive than action the characters are so well rounded and not black or white that they are really enjoyable In the last 2 book everything seems to happen in the last quarter of the book but still some goid twists and turns when we get there. South of the BorderHew Cullan s previous adventure ended with him facing a horrific execution before being suddenly freed by agents working for Elizabeth I s spymaster, Francis Walsingham Spirited south of the border and incarcerated in London, Hew has slowly proved his worth to the English and is working towards being permitted to go home.Queen Country is dominated by the execution of Mary, Queen of Scots The book opens with an eruption of anti English feeling at a Scottish fair before step South of the BorderHew Cullan s previous adventure ended with him facing a horrific execution before being suddenly freed by agents working for Elizabeth I s spymaster, Francis Walsingham Spirited south of the border and incarcerated in London, Hew has slowly proved his worth to the English and is working towards being permitted to go home.Queen Country is dominated by the execution of Mary, Queen of Scots The book opens with an eruption of anti English feeling at a Scottish fair before stepping back to examine the unfortunate Mary and to give the reader a view of Hew s role in her downfall This section is largely set in a paranoid Elizabethan London and sees Hew alone and without his friends Instead he finds himself relying on Frances, sister of one of Walsingham s agents The pressure builds as Hew finds himself meeting the imprisoned Queen herself and agonising over his motives and loyalties, whilst other men simply agonise over Walsingham s questions This is not the first time that characters in the series have found themselves in difficult situations in Time Tide Hew fears that he has become a prisoner of the Inquisition, and it is in Friend Foe that Walsingham and the entire question of spying first appear McKay again demonstrates talent at developing an aura of menace that threatens to become hideously real at any point Her understated descriptions of traitors deaths areeffective in part because they leave most of the work to the imagination The remainder of the novel is spent in thefamiliar territory of St Andrews, and after the plotting and paranoia of London this is a welcome relief Although Hew finds himself reconciled with King James and again tasked by the Crown to investigate potential treason, this section proceeds at asedate pace McKay evokes a vanished world through the authentic voices of her characters and her attention to detail, such as the passage set in a goldsmith s store Much of Queen Country concerns the aftereffects of Friend Foe, and without having read the previous books in the series it is impossible to appreciate the bonds between the different characters Quite a lot of the interpersonal drama is drawn from Hew s return to St Andrews after a long absence, and how he and others react to the changes that time has wrought In my opinion, Queen Country is a good addition to the series, but it doesn t reach the heights of Hue Cry or Time Tide The different setting and dynamic of the first half of the story are a powerful draw, but the sharp divide between the English and Scottish sections and the fragmented plot drag it down DavidBreakaway Reviewers received a copy of the book to review It was a great read I liked how the author showed us Elizabethan England from the eyes of an exiled Scot Hew is Loyal to his country but is trapped in England and to add matters finds out about the Babington plot.He is allowed to return home with his new wife and King James asks for his help The joy of the book is the Scots reaction to the execution of Mary Queen of Scots The hatred of all things English and thereby making Hews marriage illegal The staid and judgemental Kirk and it s influen It was a great read I liked how the author showed us Elizabethan England from the eyes of an exiled Scot Hew is Loyal to his country but is trapped in England and to add matters finds out about the Babington plot.He is allowed to return home with his new wife and King James asks for his help The joy of the book is the Scots reaction to the execution of Mary Queen of Scots The hatred of all things English and thereby making Hews marriage illegal The staid and judgemental Kirk and it s influence in Scottish society is well written.This is a enjoyable read and Hew is a well rounded character who slowly realises that he has made the right decision in marrying Frances It is interesting also in hinting at what King James will do when he is made King of England Because I started by reading a Calendar in Crime and then went back to book 1, I have now finished all the Hew Callan books I absolutely loved being immersed in the late 1500s, and I particularly enjoyed the novels set in St Andrew s itself The characters are compelling I felt that I was getting a true glimpse into people s real lives and personalities I even felt that I could relate to the characters, which is something I rarely experience in novels I love the descriptions too, which made Because I started by reading a Calendar in Crime and then went back to book 1, I have now finished all the Hew Callan books I absolutely loved being immersed in the late 1500s, and I particularly enjoyed the novels set in St Andrew s itself The characters are compelling I felt that I was getting a true glimpse into people s real lives and personalities I even felt that I could relate to the characters, which is something I rarely experience in novels I love the descriptions too, which made the world the characters inhabit come alive I particularly enjoyed all the detail about food The novels are also well written, which is likewise rare nowadays.However, if you read these novels looking for compelling murder mysteries, you will probably be disappointed Hew doesn t so much solve mysteries as have one or two ideas and wait for answers to present themselves The mysteries, particularly in books 4 and 5, seem to be there almost by accident, and aren t dealt with in a very satisfying way Likewise, McKay over explains the solutions at times, and, if you binge read these as I did they become predictable I would recommend reading these novels as historical fiction as opposed to murder mysteries.I have binged all of the Hew Callan books over the last week and am now devastated that they ve come to an end What higher praise can there be than that I had reservations about this for a while, but I think if you approach it as an explanation of part of Hew Cullan s life and the results of that part, with a couple of minor mysteries at the end, then its historical detail and complexity are well up to the usual standard There is also a set up at the end for future problems, which is enough to keep me going It s worth pairing this with the short mysteries Shirley McKay is producing at the moment which keep the mystery desires satisfied until t I had reservations about this for a while, but I think if you approach it as an explanation of part of Hew Cullan s life and the results of that part, with a couple of minor mysteries at the end, then its historical detail and complexity are well up to the usual standard There is also a set up at the end for future problems, which is enough to keep me going It s worth pairing this with the short mysteries Shirley McKay is producing at the moment which keep the mystery desires satisfied until the next full length mystery comes out