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Searcher of the Dead

(The first book in the Bess Ellyott Mystery series)
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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.

Genre: Historical Mystery

Praise for this book

"Wonderfully atmospheric. Herriman transports us to Tudor England with the skill of a master. Historical mystery fans will rejoice!" - Tasha Alexander

"Well researched…The astonishing climax is a resourceful use of a little-known sixteenth century law." - Fiona Buckley

"The colorful and exciting Elizabethan era seen in all its drama and treachery, with a delightful sleuth! A real treat for anyone who loves historical mysteries." - Amanda Carmack

"An atmospheric and haunting mystery… Compelling…I couldn’t stop reading." - Shelley Freydont

"Nancy Herriman’s vivid tale sets us smack in the middle of the period amid all its grandeur and grit…Exciting…Bess Ellyot is an intrepid sleuth and I’m looking forward to reading more (all) of this series!" - Alyssa Maxwell

"This is the book Agatha Christie would have written if she had worn a farthingale." - Deanna Raybourn

"Nancy Herriman vividly recreates Elizabethan England in the first book of her new series. You’ll love her heroine." - Victoria Thompson

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Used availability for Nancy Herriman's Searcher of the Dead

Hardback Editions

March 2018 : USA Hardback

Title: Searcher of the Dead: A Bess Ellyott Mystery
Author(s): Nancy Herriman
ISBN: 1-68331-538-3 / 978-1-68331-538-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   

Paperback Editions

March 2019 : USA Paperback

Title: Searcher of the Dead
Author(s): Nancy Herriman
ISBN: 1-68331-962-1 / 978-1-68331-962-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   

Kindle Editions

March 2018 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: Searcher of the Dead: A Bess Ellyott Mystery
Author(s): Nancy Herriman
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU