The Lady Grace Mysteries: Loot by Jan Burchett and Sara Vogler (Published by Random House UK, January 7, 2010)
Loot is the twelfth book in the Lady Grace Mysteries, a series written in the form of the diary of Lady Grace Cavendish, a teenage girl who is goddaughter and Maid of Honor to Queen Elizabeth I. Grace solves mysteries at court with the help of her friends Masou, who is one of the Queen‘s fools, and Ellie, who is her best friend despite the fact she is Grace’s servant.
It is January, 1571 at the court of Queen Elizabeth I, where there will be a grand celebration to commemorate the twelfth anniversary of her coronation. Many important guests from various countries in Europe have been invited to court to join in the festivities. But just one day before the event, the five hundred year old Crown of St. Edward, which the Queen was planning to wear for the celebration, disappears. This may be Grace’s most challenging mystery yet, as she has only one day to find the crown and there are so many new people at court, any of whom could have stolen the crown.
This was another enjoyable book from the Lady Grace Mysteries series that is sure to be enjoyed by readers who enjoyed the other books or who enjoy historical fiction set during the Tudor era. While you don’t have to read the entire series to understand the story in this book, I still recommend starting with book one, Assassin, if this series sounds like something you would enjoy.