The Murder in the Tower

The Murder in the Tower

(The Stuart saga: book 1): passion and peril collide in this dazzling novel set in the 1600s from the Queen of English historical fiction


Let multi-million copy and international bestselling author Jean Plaidy transport you back in time with this beautifully evocative, enthralling and enchanting novel of murder and mystery. If you like Philippa Gregory, you will not be disappointed.

'Jean Plaidy conveys the texture of various patches of the past with such rich complexity' -- Guardian

'Full-blooded, dramatic, exciting' - Observer
'Entertaining, intelligent and engrossing' -- ***** Reader review
'Jean Plaidy is just a master storyteller. Absolutely brilliant!' -- ***** Reader review
'Very well written, makes you feel like you are really an insider as to what most likely was taking place.' -- ***** Reader review
'Couldn't put it down...!' -- ***** Reader review


The dashing Robert Carr is a well-known favourite of King James I and he rises quickly through the ranks. A glorious future seems assured...

But when he is married to the cunning and beautiful child-bride, Frances Howard, everything changes.

Frances emerges as a headstrong force of nature - determined to have her way, no matter what the cost. Her attempts to rid herself of an unwanted husband, and later to ensnare a lukewarm lover, lead her deep into the world of spell-makers and treachery. This is a woman to underestimate at great peril.

When Robert finds himself ensnared in one of Frances's plots he finally learns what she is truly capable of...

The Stuart saga continues in The Wandering Prince.


  • Jean Plaidy, by the skilful blending of superb storytelling and meticulous attention to authenticity of detail and depth of characterisation has become one of the country’s most widely read novelists.
    Sunday Times

About the author

Jean Plaidy

Jean Plaidy, one of the preeminent authors of historical fiction for most of the twentieth century, is the pen name of the prolific English author Eleanor Hibbert, also know as Victoria Holt. Jean Plaidy's novels had sold more than 14 million copies worldwide by the time of her death in 1993.
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