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The Second Duchess by Elizabeth Loupas

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A lush, fabulous, historical whodunit as our heroine, seeking to establish her position in her husband’s court endeavours to discover what really happened to his first wife. This is rather brilliantly done as the story unfolds in two first person narratives and the reader is given little hints and clues to guess Lucrezia’s fate. Whether you love historical romance, classic mysteries or just really great storytelling, this is a wonderful read.

If you like Elizabeth Loupas you might also like to read books by Philippa Gregory, Sarah Dunant and Anne O'Brien.

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The Second Duchess by Elizabeth Loupas

This is a dazzling tale of love, sumptuous splendour and conspiracy in the Italian Renaissance court of Ferrara, from the brilliant author of The Flower Reader. Barbara of Austria is plain, quick-witted and sensible. She also desperately needs a husband, for unmarried at twenty-six, she is about to be packed off to a convent, like her sisters before her. So it is that she seizes what seems to be her last chance - a proposal of marriage from Alfonso d'Este, Duke of Ferrara, Lucrezia Borgia's grandson, clever, handsome, powerful - and widely believed to have murdered his first wife, Lucrezia de Medici. Barbara goes into her marriage clear-eyed, fascinated by her dangerous, enigmatic new husband - and increasingly - recklessly - driven to discover the truth about the death of his first duchess.

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Think The Other Boleyn Girl meets Rebecca - C.S. Harris, author of the Sebastian St Cyr mystery series

The Second Duchess is one of those rare books that have everything; an engaging plot, well drawn characters, luxurious locations and a thrilling final denouement. This book will delight fans of historical fiction and offers something a little different from other books of the genre. - Bookbag

About the Author

Elizabeth Loupas lives near the Elm Fork of the Trinity River, half way between Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas. She hates housework, cold weather and wearing shoes. She loves gardening, animals and popcorn. Not surprisingly she lives in a state of happy, barefoot chaos with her delightful and slightly bemused husband.

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8th May 2014


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Arrow Books Ltd an imprint of Cornerstone


432 pages


Historical Fiction
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