Book Review: The Catherine Howard Conspiracy by Alexandra Walsh

April 23, 2019 Book review 1 ★★★★

Fasten up your seat belts for The Catherine Howard Conspiracy by Alexandra Walsh! You are in for an exciting Da Vinci Code style chase though history for answers. Via the treacherous muddy waters of The Tudor era. This is such a me-book, that I was wired from the moment I read the blurb. And the book delivered all the conniving, slippery moves that I wanted.

Thanks to Sapere Books for giving me for giving me a copy of this book for review consideration. As always, no matter what the source of the book, you get my honest, unbiased opinion.

Book Review: The Catherine Howard Conspiracy by Alexandra WalshThe Catherine Howard Conspiracy (The Marquess House Trilogy #1) by Alexandra Walsh
Published by Sapere Books on March 28, 2019
Genres: Historical Fiction
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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What secrets were covered up at the court of Henry VIII …?
Whitehall Palace, England, 1539
When Catherine Howard arrives at the court of King Henry VIII to be a maid of honour in the household of the new queen, Anne of Cleves, she has no idea of the fate that awaits her. Catching the king’s fancy, she finds herself caught up in her uncle’s ambition to get a Howard heir to the throne. Terrified by the ageing king after the fate that befell her cousin, Anne Boleyn, Catherine begins to fear for her life…
Pembrokeshire, Wales, 2018
Dr Perdita Rivers receives news of the death of her estranged grandmother, renowned Tudor historian Mary Fitzroy. Mary inexplicably cut all contact with Perdita and her twin sister, Piper, but she has left them Marquess House, her vast estate in Pembrokeshire. Perdita sets out to unravel their grandmother’s motives for abandoning them, and is drawn into the mystery of an ancient document in the archives of Marquess House, a collection of letters and diaries claiming the records of Catherine Howard’s execution were falsified…
What truths are hiding in Marquess House? What really happened to Catherine Howard? And how was Perdita’s grandmother connected to it all?

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My thoughts on The Catherine Howard Conspiracy by Alexandra Walsh

The first three words that come to my mind for this book are fun, exciting, thrilling. I loved all The Tudor politics, the scheming and plotting. And this alternate version of history was a fun (but also creepy) take on Catherine Howard’s life. I loved watching the author join the dots to show how this might have happened using a mixture of historical facts and artistic licence.

I was less invested in the contemporary characters, but I did enjoy how everything connected. Perdita is the main character in this storyline, and I was fascinated by her research skills as she investigated the conspiracy theory and just how it might connect to her own life. Of course Catherine is the main character in the Tudor thread, and it was interesting to see her portrayed as a thoughtful, kind-hearted woman for once. Instead of the foolish girl that we are more used to hearing about.

What always strikes me about the Tudor period and always gives me all the rage is how women were pawns moved about by the whims of powerful men. So I appreciated that we had some decent men in both the past and current storyline for a little balance. Not to mention the slow but steady development of a promising romance.

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Most of all, I’m delighted it’s a series. Especially as it left on an exciting note, with lots of scope for developing the characters and the storyline. Bring on book 2 ASAP! 

Rating Report
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Overall: four-stars

Who should read The Catherine Howard Conspiracy by Alexandra Walsh

I’d highly recommend this book to fans of historical fiction, especially the Tudor period.  Fans of the Philippa Gregory series should enjoy, I know I found it fitted in perfectly with my reading of those books.  

About Alexandra Walsh

From tales spun for her teddies when she was a child (usually about mermaids) to film scripts, plays and novels, Alexandra Walsh has always been a storyteller. Words are her world. For over 25 years, she has been a journalist writing for a wide range of publications including national newspapers and glossy magazines. She spent some years working in the British film industry, as well as in television and radio: researching, advising, occasionally presenting and always writing.

Books dominate Alexandra’s life. She reads endlessly and tends to become a bit panicky if her next three books are not lined up and waiting. Characters, places, imagery all stay with her and even now she finds it difficult to pass an old wardrobe without checking it for a door to Narnia. As for her magical letter when she was 11, she can only assume her cat caught the owl!

Alexandra’s other passion is history, particularly the untold tales of women. Whether they were queens or paupers, their voices resonate with their stories, not only about their own lives but about ours, too. The women of the Tudor court have inspired her novels. Researching and writing The Marquess House Trilogy (Book One: The Catherine Howard Conspiracy) has brought together her love of history, mysteries and story telling.


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