Peccadillo at the Palace

Peccadillo at the Palace : An Annie Oakley Mystery

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It's 1887, and Annie and Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show are invited to Queen Victoria's Jubilee celebration in London, England. But their long journey across the Atlantic takes a turn for the worst when the queen's royal servant ends up dead and Annie's husband, Frank Butler, falls suspiciously ill. Annie soon discovers that the two events are connected-and may possibly be precursors to an assassination attempt on the queen.

In London, it becomes clear there is rampant unrest in the queen's kingdom-the Irish Fenian Brotherhood, as well as embittered English subjects, are teeming in the streets. But amid the chaos, even while she prepares for the show, Annie is determined to find the truth. With the help of a friend and reporter, Emma Wilson, the renowned poet Oscar Wilde, and the famous socialite Lillie Langtry, Annie sets out to hunt down the queen's enemies-and find out why they want to kill England's most beloved monarch.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 25.4mm | 453.59g
  • Tempe, United States
  • English
  • 1943006903
  • 9781943006908

Review quote

2019 Best Book Awards Finalist in Historical Fiction

"A meandering mystery with plenty of suspects cleverly weaves the true facts of Annie's storied life with plenty of historical tidbits."

-Kirkus Reviews

"Anyone who has always wanted to ride next to the amazing Annie Oakley will love to hop into this novel and travel across the ocean with America's sweetheart! A fast read with real life characters and a lovely look into a woman who dared to be true to her own heart."

-Kris Radish, best selling author of 14 books, including A Dangerous Woman from Nowhere and The Year of Necessary Lies

"An engrossing tale that features a fierce and exciting heroine, a nefarious plot against the British Queen, and so many interesting details about both British and American society in the 1880s, Pecadillo at the Palace is a fast-paced murder mystery full of heart-stopping suspense. Showcasing strong female relationships and real-life historical figures from Annie Oakley to Oscar Wilde, this next installment in Bovee's Annie Oakley mystery series is an utter delight."

-Jacqueline Friedland, award-winning author of Trouble the Water

"In Peccadillo at the Palace, author Kari Bovee once again delights with a tale of intrigue, murder and romance on the high seas and then in London where Annie Oakley and Buffalo Bill(1)s Wild West Show travel to perform for the Queen(1)s jubilee. Bovee skillfully weaves together various plot threads with historical details and unexpected twists to produce a clever, fast-paced mystery that will keep readers guessing until the very end!"

-Michelle Cox, author of the award-winning Henrietta and Inspector Howard series

Praise for the series:

"Bovee's debut novel brings readers solidly into the heyday of the Wild West shows, providing wonderful details about the elaborate costumes and the characters' remarkable marksmanship . . . There are enough entertaining elements to keep readers guessing, including romance, rivalries, jealousy, and at least one evil character from Annie's past. The prose has a charming simplicity, which keeps the attention focused on the action and the well-developed protagonist. A quick, fun read with engaging rodeo scenes."

-Kirkus Reviews

"A fast-paced plot keeps the pages turning. Readers interested in strong American women will welcome this new series. . ."

-Publishers Weekly

"Absorbing, heartfelt, and thrilling, Girl with a Gun shows off young Annie Oakley's skills as a sharpshooter and as a loyal detective. From the period details to the Wild West setting, I was completely immersed in the story and in the larger-than-life characters. It's a fun as a rodeo, and nearly as dangerous. Like Annie herself, Bovee's prose sparkles with precision and skill."

-Martha Conway, author of Underground River, New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice

"Kari Bovee paints a captivating portrait of the young sharpshooter, Annie Oakley, in Girl with a Gun. A diverting plot filled with unexpected twists and turns enthralls and satisfies the reader as Annie is transformed from a naive Quaker girl to an independent young woman. This lively mix of historical fiction, romance, and mystery hits the target!"

-Susan McDuffie, author of the award winning Muirteach McPhee Mysteries
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About Kari Bovee

Empowered women in history, horses, unconventional characters, and real-life historical events fill the pages of Kari Bovee's articles and historical mystery musings and manuscripts. She is an award-winning writer: She was honored as a finalist in the Romantic Suspense category of the 2012 LERA Rebecca contest, the 2014 NTRWA Great Expectations contest, and the RWA 2016 Daphne du Maurier contest for her unpublished manuscript Grace in the Wings. She was also honored as a finalist in the NHRWA Lone Star Writer's contest in 2012 with the unpublished manuscript of the first book in her Annie Oakley series, Girl with a Gun. Bovee has worked as a technical writer for a Fortune 500 Company, has written non-fiction for magazines and newsletters, and has worked in the education field as a teacher of literature, reading, and drama. She and her husband, Kevin, live on a horse property in the beautiful Land of Enchantment, New Mexico, with their cat, four dogs, and four horses.
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53 ratings
3.98 out of 5 stars
5 36% (19)
4 36% (19)
3 23% (12)
2 2% (1)
1 4% (2)
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