What if the key to your heart lies in your enemy’s hands?
In a world where no one can be trusted and secrets are currency, one woman stands without fear.
Mallory Bright is the only daughter of London’s master locksmith. For her there is no lock too elaborate, no secret too well kept. Sir Francis Walsingham, spymaster and protector of Queen Elizabeth the last of the Tudor monarchs and her realm, is quick to realise Mallory’s talent and draws her into his world of intrigue, danger and deception. With her by his side, no scheme in England or abroad is safe from discovery; no plot secure.
But Mallory’s loyalty wavers when she witnesses the execution of three Jesuit priests, a punishment that doesn’t fit their crime. When Mallory discovers the identity of a Catholic spy and a conspiracy that threatens the kingdom, she has to make a choice between her country and her heart.
Mallory, however, carries her own dark secrets and is about to learn those being kept from her secrets that could destroy those she loves.
Once Sir Francis’s greatest asset, Mallory is fast becoming his worst threat … and everyone knows there’s only one way Sir Francis deals with those.
'It was such a great read and I liked how it described things so well - not just in dialogs.' — Nicole, Dymocks
'I've decided to give this book five stars as I absolutely enjoyed everything about it. The characters, the story, the writing. For the last few days I've been lost in Elizabethan England (a place everyone knows I love to visit) and trapped in the fascinating world of locks and spies!' — Rachael McDiarmid, Goodreads
'The Locksmith's Daughter is a story that gripped me from the very first page. The first-person narrative draws you straight into Mallory's world and feelings, establishing a strong connection with the character that lasts through to the final chapter.' — Nicki Markus, Goodreads
'Mallory is such an amazing and strong character, full of love, strength and regret. Her story line is mapped perfectly.' — Hannah Jobbins (Netgalley)
'Highly enjoyable journey into the Elizabethan world of religious persecution and political intrigue with an unlikely protagonist.' — Melisende d'Outremer (Netgalley)
'You will make strong connections with many characters, as you lose yourself in Elizabethan England and the fascinating world of locks and spies!' — Helen Hancock (Netgalley)
'I feel that Brooks has perfectly portrayed the frightening Tudor England, in her settings and descriptions. There are subtle twists and turns, to downright cry out loud moments!' — Helen Hancock (Netgalley)
'We are immersed in to the world of the Tudors and are thrust into action, intrigue, politics and romance from the very start - and it truly doesn't let up until the end of the book. Karen Brooks has absolutely nailed the historical fiction genre with this one!' — Paul Phillips (Netgalley)