Shelf Control is a weekly feature hosted by Lisa at Bookshelf Fantasies, and appears every Wednesday. This feature is about celebrating the books waiting to be read on your TBR pile. To participate, all one does is picks a book from their TBR and writes a post about it. This is my twenty-second time participating!

My pick for this week is once again a historical mystery, one of my favourite genres–Murder by Misrule by Anna Castle. This is the first of the Francis Bacon mysteries, featuring the real-life character in his own series of fictional investigations. The series (as far as I can tell from Goodreads) has four books so far, the last of which, Publish and Perish came out in 2017. Murder by Misrule was published in 2014.

What the Book is all About: In this one, Francis Bacon must solve the murder of a fellow barrister at Gray’s Inn, and recruits his unwanted protege to do the legwork. The investigation implicates highly placed courtiers reaching from Whitehall to the London streets. On the other side, rival barristers are fighting over the dead man’s clients and legal honours.

Where and When I Got It: I think probably late last year.  This is a free book on kindle, and is still available to download on Amazon India here and Amazon (US) here. (Sorry I can’t post the UK link since Amazon UK wont let me access their kindle store–and no I’m not an affiliate).

Why I Want to Read It: For one because it is a historical mystery, which I enjoy in general, and set in the Tudor era, a period I really like reading about. The fact that it features a real-life character in a fictional setting also interested me, and I’d like to see how the author has combined fact and fiction (whether it is only the character that she has taken from history or other events as well). Also, the general structure of the mystery–a lawyer solving a murder is something like C.J. Sansom’s Shardlake books which are a great favourite with me. So let’s see how this one turns out.

So have any of you read this book or any others in the series? Which ones and how did you like them? Do you enjoy historical mysteries featuring real-life characters? If you do, what books would you recommend. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts!


4 thoughts on “Shelf Control #22

  1. This sounds really interesting! I know I need to read the Shardlake books as well. I haven’t read much historical mystery, although I do enjoy historical fiction. Maybe I should explore the genre! Nice choice.

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    1. Do try the Shardlake books-they’re excellent even if on the thicker side (I think the smallest is just under 500 pages). Also Ellis Peters if you haven’t read her yet, and the Flavia books if you haven’t.


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