By Dorothy Dunnett
For the 1st time Dunnett's Lymond Chronicles are available the USA in caliber paperback editions.
Second within the mythical Lymond Chronicles, Queen's Play follows Frances Crawford of Lymond who has been suddenly referred to as into the provider of Mary Queen of Scots. even though she is barely a bit woman, the Queen is already the thing of malicious intrigues that stretch from her local nation to the court docket of France. it really is to France that Lymond needs to go back and forth, exercise his sword hand and his agile wit whereas additionally venture the main not going of masquerades, all to ensure that his charge's royal individual remains intact.
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In the unguarded doorways, what will be tampered with? ’ She was once already tons exasperated. ‘They have been locked. And the Constable—’ ‘I heard you. each locksmith within the nation is aware tips on how to make fake keys. Do you retain medicines the following? ’ ‘No. ’ ‘Drink of any sort? ’ ‘No. ’ ‘Oh, for God’s sake,’ acknowledged Lymond, and flinging from the window, stuck her through her shoulders. ‘Think. you will have Mary to die; and you'll get entry secretly to her room and to the cupboard. What damage could you do? ’ Jenny’s eyes flamed again at him. ‘Nothing. She’s completely secure; has been continually. Do you think that we shouldn’t listen …? ’ ‘No,’ stated Lymond brutally. ‘I don’t. imagine. What might be performed with that arsenic? ’ From lower than his arms she dropped to sit down, her hair fallen, her again instantly as a rod despite all she were via. She had by no means regarded extra a King’s daughter than now, whilst her face instructed its personal tale. ‘I suppose … there are … the goodies: the cotignac,’ she acknowledged. Eight-year-old, sweet-loving Mary. The Duchess de Valentinois had forbidden her sweetmeats and Janet, girl Fleming, had made them for her; laughing jointly over a nighttime fireplace: the Queen, the small maids of honour, James and Jenny. From Chastain, the apothecary, they'd the cinnamon and the sugar—four kilos of it, at ten sols a pound. not anything was once an excessive amount of hassle. Jacques Alexander had provided the packing containers. The kitchens, secretly, had supplied the fruit. Peeled, quartered and cored, the quinces were boiled and strained and pounded in a stone mortar with the sugar and spice, the entire childrens beating in flip; after which the paste used to be boxed and, after a bit, lower into strips. that they had performed all very long time in the past. The bins, stacked in Jenny’s garde-robe, choked with thick arms dusted sugary white, had develop into fewer and less, until eventually lower than part a dozen have been now left. With Jenny silent beside him, Lymond pulled out field after field, piling them opened at the flooring. All appeared blameless and all seemed alike. From the final one he lifted the various sweetmeat, marked the lid, and closed it. Then he left the room and Jenny may well pay attention his voice, doorways away, and one of many unswerving grooms, Geoffrey de Sainct, answering. Her son James, whom she had despatched away prior within the evening, all of sudden seemed, sleepy-eyed from round the corner, and he or she made him return. Then Lymond back. ‘Put the bins away on your personal coffer, and lock it. the next day, seek every thing in those rooms and inform me if something has been disturbed. we will comprehend presently if the cotignac was once touched. ’ ‘How? ’ Her face, tired of its brilliant daylight hours color, was once nonetheless lovely and confident. ‘The previous lapdog has been given a few. You needn’t weep for him. ’ The adverse, delicate voice made no longer the slightest concession. ‘He merits an finish to his distress. ’ He paused. ‘You discover, after all, that the Queen’s lifestyles is at risk; that poison is understood to be lacking; and that each morsel she has eaten due to the fact that she got here to Blois has been secure, verified and handed as secure first, apart from your cotignac?