Virginia Boecker: An Assassin's Guide to Love and Treason



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Lizabeth I murdered With a deep need for revenge Katherine disguises herself as a boy to London to complete her father s missionKatherine decides to use William Shakespeare s newest play as an opportunity to murder the ueen However Katherine doesn t realize the play is a trap to root out the insurrectionists and to destroy the rebellionToby Ellis is the mastermind behind the ruse He is a young spy for the ueen with a few secrets of his own When Katherine and Toby are cast as the main leads they find themselves drawn to each other As the duo become closer will they be able to risk their mission for loveThe book felt like I was reading a Shakespearian plot with crossdressers and star crossed lovers The novel had an interesting premise but I felt that the novel was a bit slow I felt like the novel could have added details about the religious aspect along with Christopher Marlowe I think this would give the readers an idea of what is on the line for Katherine and Toby As honestly I didn t feel like there was any urgency or that the duo is facing any life or death conseuences Overall it was an entertaining read but not my favorite The setting is Elizabethan England when it is treasonous to be a practicing Catholic Lady Katherine s father is killed right before her eyes when he is discovered harboring a Catholic priest his secrets revealed Escaping imprisonment Lady Katherine travels to London dressed as a young man intent on revenge against those responsible for her father s death Intent on killing the ueen of England Overhearing Shakespeare and his players in a tavern talking about a secret play they will be putting on for a private performance for the ueen Kit decides to try out and lands one of the leads Little does she know that she is playing opposite a young man named Toby who is a spy and the mastermind behind the plan to catch those plotting to kill. Ellion once and for all The mastermind behind this ruse is Toby Ellis a young spy for the ueen with secrets of his own When Toby and Katherine are cast opposite each other as the play's leads they find themselves inexplicably drawn to one another But the closer they grow the precarious their positions become And soon they learn that star crossed love mistaken identity and betrayal are far dangerous off the stage than.

Ng your identity was frowned against and was highly confusing and naturally left you open to being cast out by all sorts of weaknesses such as witchcraft and going back to the Old Religion Catholicism You certainly didn t admit to liking the same sex even if you did put on a dress for all to see in the Globe TheatreThe supporting cast of William Shakespeare the Wright Brothers and even the ueen lend so much color to the tapestry that Boecker has woven for this Guide and readers will love it when familiar names and places appear in the story I d also say there s a little bit of everything here to make this an all round great read we start off with a murder and then we have action romance and a lot of wit and charm Shakespeare would approve of all of thatVirginia has actually taken great pains to do her research and in her Author s Note points out where she has meddled with the history and where she has kept to the facts I absolutely loved this small part of the book as well as the long bibliography she has listedWhile you may not come out with a proper Elizabethan history lesson or an actual assassin s guide you will be thoroughly entertained and may like myself be inclined to read up on your English history and to even re read some ShakespeareThis was a solid 5 star read for me A great story in a wonderfully researched world ueen Elizabeth I Shakespeare espionage mistaken identities and LGBT representationAfter a somewhat slow start while the plot was set up the story kicks off at about 35% and boy is it a rollercoasterIf you like me are a lover of one or of the things I listed above I highly recommend the book you will not be disappointed Lady Katherine s father is murdered for being a practicing Catholic She realizes that her father being a Catholic wasn t the only the secret he was keeping He was also involved in a plot to have the reigning ueen With nothing left to lose Katherine disguises herself as a boy and travels to London to fulfill her father's mission and to take it one step further kill the ueen herself Katherine's opportunity comes in the form of William Shakespeare's newest play which is to be performed in front of Her Majesty But what she doesn't know is that the play is not ust a play It's a plot to root out insurrectionists and destroy the reb.

Did you know that Shakespeare s Twelfth Night was written to capture the would be assassin of ueen Elizabeth IAnd what do you get when you combine a cross dressing Catholic called Katherine Arundell out to avenge the death of her father and put her slap dab in the middle of merry old London An Assassin s Guide to Love this means she must infiltrate the upcoming production of Twelfth Night and create a new male identity for herself KitThis is really at the crux of how clever Virginia Boecker is being with Assassin s Guide and I know she knows this because of her most brilliant Author s Note in the back only I do hope everyone reads it As many of you may know women weren t players in Shakespeare s plays men were and they played all the women s parts too In order for Katherine to disguise herself in London she must become Kit this was a name short for Christopher back then as well as to be a player on the stageShe then gets the part as Viola who if you haven t read Twelfth Night dresses up as a man in the play It all becomes uite complicated when Kit becomes drawn to Toby who is another lead player and writer and unbeknownst to Kit a spy for Elizabeth Regina he s trying to deduce which of the Twelfth Night players is the treasonous one Yet he s falling for Kit ust as he did previously for the late Kit Marlowe that s Christopher Marlowe to youKatherine s own confidence as a man mirrors Viola s growing confidence in the play particularly as Toby and Kit rehearse together and the themes of bisexuality and uestions about societal gender norms play like their own characters in the book Just like the very irony we see in having men play the parts of women who play men this is a double irony if you will and forces the characters to constantly uestion their identities as well as their loyalties At a time when many only had loyalty to the Crown or to God uestioni. Shakespeare in Love meets Mr and Mrs Smith in this witty and thrilling story of star crossed assassins in Elizabeth England perfect for fans of My Lady Jane and TheGentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue When Lady Katherine's father is killed for being an illegally practicing Catholic she discovers treason wasn't the only secret he's been hiding he was also involved in a murder plot against the reigning ueen Elizabeth

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Virginia Boecker is the author of The Witch Hunter series and An Assassins Guide to Love and Treason A graduate of the University of Texas she had a decade long career in technology before uitting to become a full time writer When she isnt writing Virginia likes running reading traveling and trying new things most recently learning to drive a boat She has lived all over the world but currently resides in beautiful Lake Oswego Oregon with her husband children a dog called George and a cat named ThomasYou can visit Virginia online at virginiaboeckercom or on Instagram virgboecker