Metal of a Different Sort - The Tudor Queen's Glassmaker Book 3 of the Series

Genre: Action Adventure, Historical Fiction, Historical Thrillers, Mystery

For Fans Of

Philippa Gregory & C J Sansom

Book Summary

Boredom leads to desperate times! Jacob Bell and his partner, Roberto Rosso, were bored. Because of this, Lord Burghley, Chief Minister to Queen Elizabeth I, persuaded them to become Queen's Commissioners and investigate a murder at a foundry, making decorative ironwork. This apparently simple case, turns into an intriguing mystery, as they both narrowly escape attempts to kill them. The plot they uncover, threatens the life, not only of the Tudor Queen, Elizabeth, but her ministers as well. As the Queen's progress winds its way into East Anglia, staying at a new house nearly every night, the intrepid pair race to save them all from a fiendishly clever foe.


“a fascinating, original historical context...the insight into the world of glassmaking is interesting...the backdrop of the story’s setting – Venice and London – and the times will also be a key part of its appeal to readers” Martyn Bedford, Award winning author of Houdini Girl.

About the Author

I was born and raised in Derbyshire and matured in Yorkshire, England, where I spent a lot of my working life as a Chief Colourist, a Senior Manager in both the Textile and Chemical industries, a Science Teacher and a University Lecturer among other things.
A well-known speaker on the Elizabethan Era and the History of English Glassmaking, I spend my time writing Tudor Historical novels, of which I have to date, written four books in a series about the Tudor Queen's Glassmaker. The books are fast paced, adventure stories, with a strong love interest. A key element is the setting in Venice and London, during the 16th century, which are brought to life, in sights and sounds, keeping as accurately as possible, to the historical facts, around which the story is woven.
Recently, inspired by my background in textiles, I began a new series about the Industrial Revolution in the Cotton Spinning Mills,. These were the first spinning mills in the World and were built in the Derwent Valley in Derbyshire. The importance of the mills is reflected in their World Heritage status. Belper Mill rebuilt in 1803-4, by William Strutt, is the earliest example of a fire proof construction.
The fictional series will be called Amber Mills, which is an Arkwright style mill on the River Amber, a tributary of the River Derwent. The first book, scheduled to be published next year, is provisionally titled Amber Mills Revolution, The First Generation.

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