The Serpent Garden

  • by Judith Merkle Riley
  • Narrated by Alison Larkin
  • 18 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In the court of Henry VIII, there are many secrets - and some people will kill to keep them hidden.
Susanna Dallet is the daughter of a Flemish painter and wife to a philandering husband, living in the court of Henry VIII. When her husband is murdered, Susanna is suddenly left with a household to provide for and nothing to her name. Her days of anonymity are over when Susanna finds that guild rules preventing women from working do not apply at the king’s court, and she manages to secure a position as a miniature-portrait painter. Before long, she has not only made a name for herself, she is close to those who surround Princess Mary. But even in this lofty company, Susanna is not safe. An old manuscript that she has inherited turns out to hold the keys to an age-old mystery, and the forces that claimed her husband are closing in. As danger looms, Susanna joins with Robert Ashton, secretary to Henry’s cunning and ruthless adviser Archbishop Wolsey, and together they must fight a fearsome society in league with a demon.
Combining heartpounding action, sly humor, romance, and supernatural twists, The Serpent Garden is the story of a creative and resourceful woman who unwittingly finds herself in a dangerous - and deadly - game of hide-and-seek.

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Wonderful story

I read this book years ago and loved it. The audio version is quite impressive. The narrator keeps the characters interesting adding a lot of nuance to the plot. The period is kept accurate with the conspiracy references and the Priory of Sion. The characters display attitudes that seem to be consistent with what is known about that age. Altogether I give this a very high recommendation
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- tzinnamon

Delicious reading

Perfect voice - perfect entertainment
History with humor
Ms Riley will be sorely missed for future novels
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- FabFoodie

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-23-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios