Rosamond Jaffrey uses her wealth and status to embark on the type of daring-do that was almost unheard of for a married woman. It helps that she is an expert in self defense, in particular the ability to use her concealed daggers. These attributes are called upon when she goes to Cornwall, where she was raised, to uncover the murderer of her beloved step-father. With her much loved husband Rob beside her, her inquiries lead to encounters with pirates, uncovering the deep secrets of Sir Francis Walsingham, the queens spy-master, and plots against the Crown from the outlawed Catholic population. The rifts in Ireland between the Anglo-Irish, the newer English settlers, and Irish themselves also emerge.
Emersons book provides a rich background to events in this era. Much appreciated is her attention to the details of upper class womens clothing, including the need for "tiring maids," to help them into it, their seemingly endless embroidery work, and, as well, the ale-making and labor of the female proprietor of the ale house.
This is one in the Rosamond Jaffrey series.