Queens' Play
Dorothy Dunnett

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Narrated By: David Monteath

Duration: 21 hours and 40 minutes

What to expect

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Queen's Play by Dorothy Dunnett, read by David Monteath.

It is 1548 and seven-year-old Mary Queen of Scots, betrothed to her cousin the Dauphin, heir to the French throne, has been dispatched to France. But far from home and vulnerable, surrounded by the double-dealing and debauchery of a dangerous and unpredictable court, she suffers a series of 'accidents'.

Her mother, Scotland's Queen Dowager, orders Francis Crawford of Lymond to protect Mary, believing that at the very heart of Henri II's glittering, decadent court is an assassin hired to kill the infant monarch.

Lymond must secretly hunt down this individual before he himself is exposed . . .


Historical fiction, Historical crime & mysteries, Historical romance, Historical adventure fiction

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One of the greatest tale-spinners since Dumas

Cleveland Plain Dealer

A masterpiece of historical fiction

Washington Post

Vivid, engaging, densely plotted - are almost certainly destined to be counted among the classics of popular fiction

New York Times

Lashings of excitement, colour and subtlety

The Times

Marvellous, breathtaking

The Times

Praise for Dorothy Dunnett


A storyteller who could teach Scheherazade a thing or two about pace, suspense and imaginative invention