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Face down across the western sea
Emerson, Kathy Lynn.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : St. Martin's Minotaur, 2002.
Physical Description:
v, 227 pages ; 22 cm
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Follows Susanna, Lady Appleton, as she assists the scholars in an investigation into England's claim on the New World, but when a scholar is murdered, Susanna must discover the truth.

Author Notes

Kathy Lynn Emerson lives in Wilton, Maine. Face Down Across the Western Sea is the seventh book in her Susanna, Lady Appleton, series.

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Booklist Review

The widow Susanna, Lady Appleton, is at Priory House, an old Cistercian abbey now held by her friend Sir Walter Pendennis, who formerly gathered intelligence for Queen Elizabeth I. Sir Walter is now overseeing a squabbling bunch of scholars from Oxford and Cambridge searching for English claims to the land across the Western Sea. Susanna's skills as a herbalist and translator become lesser priorities this time as she tries to deduce why one scholar is killed in his own study. As she pores over documents that may or may not yield truths about the Americas, Susanna also must deal with her fiery nine-year-old foster daughter, Walter's invalid and bitter wife, and a furtive household romance. Emerson does a crackling good job of tying in real historical narratives like the Zeno document and the tales of sailor David Ingram with speculation about the death of explorer John Cabot and whether John Dee believed King Arthur sent colonists to the New World. GraceAnne DeCandido.

Publisher's Weekly Review

Have all the years that Susanna, Lady Appleton spent experimenting with poison herbs unleashed an evil that could account for all the dead bodies she encounters? No, Kathy Lynn Emerson's latest, Face Down Across the Sea, doesn't contain any element of the supernatural: instead it features a wealth of minuscule period details (which will be familiar to fans of the series); a group of 16th-century scholars attempting to discern England's rights to the New World; and the strong-minded heroine's investigations into a crucial missing transcript and murderer's motives. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Herbalist Susanna assists scholars privately investigating England's claim on the New World. When part of their information goes missing and one of the scholars is murdered, Susanna goes into action. The seventh volume in Emerson's popular series, this is a sturdy and entertaining historical; for fans of Elizabethan mysteries. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.