This one is for the big people:
If you want to understand court intrigue in 16th-Century England, and the power that came with title, wealth, and ostentatious display, read Murder by Misrule: A Francis Bacon Mystery by Anna Castle.
It might help readers understand the goings-on these days in state and federal capitals. It’s a rich man’s game.
Tudor rulers weren’t the first to use religion as a tool of control, but the fight between the Catholics and the Church of England during the reigns of Henry VIII’s two daughters was bloody and anything but holy. The author of this historical mystery has certainly done her homework on the topic.
And this one is for the kids:
Kids without supervision, a missing locket, spies, an unreliable uncle, and a science lab make for a good story. Along with the story are some really cool science experiments.
Nick and Tesla’s High-Voltage Danger Lab is the first title in a series by Bob Pflugfelder and Steve Hockensmith. Kids will eat it up, like 200 cans of chicken noodle soup. Okay, you’ll have to read the book to understand that reference.
I read the e-book, but I’m buying a hard copy for my grandson. Lists and diagrams are easier to read in the hard-copy versions, and I expect he’ll need the lists and diagrams to build an electromagnet or a rocket squirrel.