Forest of Secrets

Forest of Secrets



Ursula travels deep into the New Forest to investigate rumours of a plot to overthrow Queen Elizabeth in this gripping Tudor mystery.

May, 1586. Ursula and her retinue return home from a lengthy trip to discover she has an unexpected visitor. Etheldreda Hope is a simple countrywoman who has come to Ursula with disturbing tales of strange goings-on in her rural village. Fearing that Etheldreda's reports of mysterious forest rites indicate a possible conspiracy to overthrow Queen Elizabeth in favour of her cousin, Mary Stuart, the queen's spymaster, Sir Francis Walsingham, orders Ursula to travel to Etheldreda's home to find out what's really going on.

On reaching Chenston village, deep in the New Forest, Ursula discovers an isolated, suspicious community; the locals deeply in thrall to the old pagan traditions and beliefs. But are these ancient customs harmless - or are they part of a genuine conspiracy against the queen? And, if so, who is behind it?

It's not until the night of Halloween that Ursula will discover the shocking truth.

Title:Forest of Secrets
Edition Language:English
Format Type:

    Forest of Secrets Reviews

  • Annette

    England, 1586. After weeks on the road investigating a possible treason, Mistress Ursula Stannard is journeying back home with her retinue. She solves mysteries and has the ear of the queen and her co...

  • Christine Cazeneuve

    Thank you to NetGalley, the author and publisher for an e-ARC in exchange for my honest opinion.I will admit it took me a chapter or two to get into the book and I was a bit concerned that I might not...

  • Debbi

    In Forest of Secrets Ursula finds herself investigating secret rituals that might just be in support of Mary Stuart...or maybe not. After meeting Ethelreda Hope who has fled from the village of Chenst...

  • Jean-Luc

    Paganism and Papism gone bonkers between Midsummer night and Halloween mixed with potential acts of high treason against the crown are the key ingredients in this highly entertaining Tudor whodunit, a...

  • Andrea Hicks

    My thanks to Fiona Buckley, Canongate Books and Net Galley for the ARC of FOREST OF SECRETS.What an entertaining romp through Tudor England. Ursula, a daughter of Henry VIII and half-sister to Queen E...