Abby West
January 11, 2012 AT 12:00 PM EST

The Crown (book)

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Nancy Bilyeau
genre
Fiction

We gave it a B+

In her debut, The Crown, Bilyeau — a former EW staffer — delivers an engrossing thriller about a 16th-century Dominican novice caught up in royal intrigue. When Joanna Stafford leaves her priory to comfort a cousin who’s about to be burned at the stake, she ends up in the middle of the uproar surrounding Henry VIII’s decision to shut down England’s monasteries — and on a treasure hunt unlike any other, one that reveals secrets about her well-connected family and her faith. If Bilyeau’s mystery is occasionally by the numbers, her extensive historical research shines. B+

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