I think I read that this is the first novel of Melbourne librarian Catherine Meyrick. Its heroine is an interesting character with whom the reader can become involved. and there are sufficient interconnected minor plots to keep the tension taut. The research that underlies the Elizabethan story seems faultless - my only quibble is that it occasionally distracts the reader from the narrative. However, I enjoyed the book so much that I have since paid for, downloaded and read Meyrick's second Elizabethan offering, 'Forsaking All Others' which is clearly just as experienced in the research and more experienced in the telling. I will keep an eye on this author.