The Sister Queens
by Justin Scott

Two rival queens. History’s greatest playwright. And a deadly plot for the crown.

London, 1600. With no legitimate heir to Queen Elizabeth’s throne, and no clear successor, England finds itself in a supremely perilous moment.

When spymaster Anthony Bacon commands esteemed playwright William Shakespeare to write a play on the poisonous history of Queen Elizabeth and the rival monarch she executed, Catholic Mary Queen of Scots, Will knows that Elizabeth’s one-time favorite, the powerful Earl of Essex, will use the play to try to seize her throne.

Must Will be ensnared in a ruthless plot fated to tumble his country into civil war? Or can he navigate a treacherous path through the dark warrens of London and the tortuous world of Elizabethan politics to save his family, his country, and his Queen?


“Meticulously researched . . . Scott is well known for writing popular historical thrillers, and his latest doesn’t disappoint”


“Highly recommended”

Kirkus Reviews

“Cussler and Scott have written another wonderful page-turner”

Library Journal Starred Review of The Bootlegger

“The action is fast and thoroughly enjoyable”

Library Journal on The Gangster

“Another outstanding adventure that skillfully invokes the time period”

Library Journal on The Race

Justin Scott

Justin Scott has made his living for fifty years writing historical suspense novels, thrillers, and sea stories. They include The Shipkiller, A Pride of Kings, and The Man Who Loved The Normandie, as well as the Benjamin Abbott New England detective series, and his collaboration with Clive Cussler on the Isaac Bell historical detective series set early in the Twentieth Century. The Shipkiller is honored in the International Thriller Writers’ collection Thrillers: 100 Must-Reads. The Mystery Writers of America nominated him for Edgar Allan Poe awards for Best First Novel and Best Short Story. Paul Garrison is his main pen name under which he writes modern sea stories and an occasional thriller based on a Robert Ludlum character. Born in Manhattan, he grew up on Long Island’s Great South Bay in a family of professional writers. His father wrote Westerns and poetry. His mother wrote romances and short stories. His sister, Alison Scott Skelton, is a life-long novelist who currently writes the Warriors of Tir Nan Og young adult series. Justin is an Eagle Scout, holds BA and MA degrees in history, and before becoming a writer, drove boats and trucks, helped build Fire Island beach houses, edited an electronic engineering journal, and tended bar in a Hell’s Kitchen saloon. He lives in Connecticut with his wife, filmmaker Amber Edwards. Recently, they wrote a novel together, Forty Days and Forty Nights, about a Mississippi River flood weaponized by a domestic terrorist. Publishers’ Weekly hailed, “action and adventure on a cinematic scale.” THE SISTER QUEENS is Justin Scott’s thirty-ninth book.

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The Sister Queens by Justin Scott is available in the following formats

Hardback97814483127406th February 2024150 X 223mm288$29.99
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