Crown - Nancy Bilyeau Solid debut novel

The Crown has been described as a cross between a Dan Brown and Philippa Gregory novel. Set in Tudor times this historical thriller features young Dominican novice, Joanna Stafford, who has just left her priory to attend the public burning of her beloved cousin, Lady Margaret, for treason against King Henry VIII.

"When a burning is announced, the taverns of Smithfield order extra barrels of ale, but when the person to be executed is a woman and one of noble birth, the ale comes by the cartload."

A good entertaining read with likable characters, extensive historical detail throughout and a juicy blend of lust, murder, conspiracy, and betrayal.