As lady-in-waiting to Mary, Queen of Scots, the beautiful Ginette - known as Jenny - is the young queen's closest childhood friend. Growing up in the elegant but ruthless French court, surrounded by enemies and traitors - not least the jealous, manipulative Catherine de Medici, and Mary's own scheming half-brother, James - Jenny has always been fiercely loyal to her mistress. But when she overhears a mysterious whispered plot, closely followed by several unexplained deaths at court, she puts her own life in danger and turns spy for Mary.
Jenny quickly realises not a soul at court can be trusted, and when she and Mary return to their Scottish homeland for Mary to claim her throne, they face even greater peril. Desperate to protect her friend from those who would slit her throat to steal her crown, while battling her feelings for the charismatic nobleman Duncan Alexander, Jenny becomes embroiled in a dangerous web of secrets, betrayals and lies.
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Gripping historical thriller from the brilliant Breslin - The Bookseller
Full of passion, intrigue and deceit at the court of Queen Mary - Sunday Express
Fans of historical fiction will enjoy this carefully-crafted and exciting story, which offers up a thoughtful and intriguing portrait of the young Mary Queen of Scots - Booktrust
It is a thrilling tale, full of midnight escapes and daring rescues, and the fact that readers already know its sad outcome will not prevent them from thoroughly enjoying it - Historical Novel Society
Theresa Breslin sheds light on an eternally fascinating period in history revealing not only the splendour and politics of court but also the bloodthirsty savagery of war and rebellion. Magnificent - LisaBooks
Mary Queen of Scots certainly has the right ingredients for popular appeal . . . There are dangers and dilemmas, plots and poisonings, and Jenny soon finds herself becoming the spy for the title - Guardian
Theresa Breslin is a critically acclaimed multi-award winning Scottish author. She is hugely popular with young people, librarians and teachers. She was awarded the Carnegie Medal for Whispers in the Graveyard, The Dream Master was shortlisted for the Children's Book Award, Prisoner of the Inquisition was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal and The Medici Seal was shortlisted for the Book Trust Teen Prize. Theresa lives in Glasgow.