the Tudor Deception by Scott Mariani

Although this is the twenty-eighth book in the Ben Hope series, The Tudor Deception takes the reader back in time, to an earlier point in Ben’s career when he was living in Ireland and using his skills to find and rescue missing children. He is approached by a history professor who wants him to investigate the case of two boys who disappeared centuries ago, but he turns him down. Unfortunately, this decision will have far-reaching consequences and destroy the life of someone he cares about.

The author weaves Tudor history and recent research relating to Richard the Third and the disappearance of the Princes in the Tower into the narrative in a seamless way. Ben has to do quite a lot of detective work, and put the pieces of the puzzle together before he becomes the next victim. I have been a fan of this series since the very beginning, and what keeps me reading is the character of Ben Hope. I know the plots require suspension of disbelief at times, but I enjoy reading how he gets to the heart of the problem and saves the day. I always learn something new and travel vicariously all over the world. I really enjoyed The Tudor Deception and look forward to Ben Hope’s next adventure later in the year.