In A Treacherous Court by Michelle Diener: Book Review

An Illuminating Tale of History and Intrigue

In A Treacherous Court is based somewhat on fact. There really was a John Parker in King Henry’s court and there really was a Susanna Horenbout. She was an illuminator, an artist who would draw intricate and beautiful details into a manuscript, like the borders around a picture or something, or on other pieces, but primarily on books and paintings.

Debut author Michelle Diener is obviously inspired by the tale of Susanna which is evidenced by the loving detail in history that brings in all the senses. Diener then puts her own spin of fiction to the tale and we have a passionate love affair, political intrigue and a look into Henry VIII’s court that is as mesmerizing as any Phillipa Gregory novel or as beautifully seductive as the HBO series The Tudor’s.

book cover
In A Treacherous Court

There is a plot against the throne and Susanna unknowingly carries the key to the plot. Susanna’s life is in danger and John Parker, a courtier who has instant chemistry with her, must help protect her as they try to find the mastermind to the plot. It’s a true mystery, a love story and historically accurate, what’s not to love?

As a side note I have met both Michelle Diener and Phillipa Gregory and I find it ironic that they are similar. At least I felt they are. They are both elegant ladies, highly intelligent, but with a sharp wit that can bring laughter or instill insight. And, oddly, one of them shared the story of her $10 sale purchase of a beautiful skirt she wore to an important event, while the other showed me her love new shoes. I’ll let you wonder which is which, but you can see the similarities. LOL

I recommend this book to anyone who loves historical mysteries that are well researched and that engage the senses as you read. You feel like you’re right there, except you can take a break and use indoor plumbing when you wish, which is nice!

Similar Articles




Recent Book Trailers



Don't Miss

Book Lights gets Spooky with Comic Book Author Laura Marks

Laura Marks is a PEN Award-winning playwright, television writer, and comic book writer.  Her plays Bethany and Mine have garnered acclaim from critics and been published and produced...

BookBub and Chirp – Are they worth it?

BookBub sends me a daily email and I actually read it every day. For someone who gets a lot of emails daily, this says...

What I Love Most About 2020 – Lisa Harris

SPECIAL FEATURE WHAT I LOVE MOST ABOUT 2020 WITH AUTHOR LISA HARRIS  Like most of you, I’m sure, I’ve been feeling as if I’ve been living...

The Most Followed People on Goodreads

Goodreads is a popular reader destination site that launched in December of 2006 (though many sites credit the founded year as 2007) by Otis...

Happy Holiday Traditions with Romance Author Susan Carlisle

Susan has a very fun and different holiday tradition and it involves flowers!!! How cool is that? Susan: "Each December my mother and I have an...

Rescue pups, a new release, & grilled cheese talk with author Kaylie Newell

Kaylie Newell was born in the great state of Oregon, where she was raised alongside rivers and lakes and scruffy dogs that chased their...

Book Lights Dives into the World of Ryuujin with Fantasy Author Marc Watson

LISTEN HERE!! Marc Watson is an author of genre fiction of all lengths and styles. He began writing at the age of 15 and continues...

You Can Vote! Goodreads Choice Awards Final Days

Some votes are still being counted! Of course, we mean for the Goodreads Choice Awards! You can still cast your vote for "Best Books of...

Sourcebooks Celebrates Historic Election of Madam Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris with 2021 Calendar

Sourcebooks, the largest woman-owned publisher in North America, is celebrating the historic election of Madam Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris with a new calendar. The...


Behind The Words with J.D. Griffo Welcome J.D., we are very excited to have you on Reader's Entertainment. Let's start with sharing a bit about...