By Faye Kellerman
Rebecca Lopez enjoys a lifetime of privilege in Elizabeth's England—yet she guards secrets and techniques she dares no longer show. the gorgeous, tempestuous daughter of the queen's personal health practitioner, Rebecca can be a converso—a Jew who practices her prohibited faith clandestinely—helping others of her banned religion get away persecution and loss of life. Her insatiable starvation for pleasure usually takes her to the bustling streets of London in male apparel to event the type of event to be had in basic terms to males. yet one such trip is top her right into a harmful viper's nest outfitted of intrigue and foul homicide, within the corporation of a speeding younger actor who inflames her romantic passions whilst he escorts her towards peril...a fascinating and fearless would-be playwright who calls himself Will Shakespeare.
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His quick temper had necessitated early in life an expertise of swordplay. Thomas was renowned for his skill of the fence—much to Dunstan’s displeasure. Thomas could easily best his older brother with a few quick strokes. Roderigo faced his brother-in-law, Jorge Añoz—Sir George Ames outside the converso community. Jorge had married Sarah’s sister. Good women, thought Roderigo, gentle and dutiful wives. Roderigo thought of his and Jorge’s mistresses and mentally added, tolerant women as well. ” Dunstan twisted a braided gold chain around his first finger, then let it fall back against his chest.
Dunstan whipped his head around and whispered, “Quiet. ” “My father talks freely,” Rebecca said. ” Dunstan reprimanded her. “Your father is discreet because he trusts you and speaks unmolested in your presence. Don’t make an ass out of him—or us. ” Rebecca knew that to be the truth. England’s religious tolerance could quickly be replaced by the Queen’s sudden death or military mutiny. It wasn’t that long ago that peace was threatened by Her Majesty’s cousin—Mary Queen of Scots. Staunch Catholics had been slaughtered.
The scoundrel, Shakespeare thought. Instructing me, knowing all the while I would fail. He sighed to himself. “I pray you, Margaret,” he said. “Take it so I may do honor to my mentor’s widow. ” He extended his hand toward her. ” Slowly, Margaret reached for the crowns, then retracted her hand. “If I’m in need, dear Will, I’ll call you. For now, let’s leave the matter untouched. ” Shakespeare stuffed the coins back into his doublet. The Quality of Mercy 23 “Aye, such times we live in, Will,” Margaret said, walking away from the grave.
The Quality of Mercy by Faye Kellerman