AT THE HOUSE OF THE MA­GI­CIAN Mary Hooper Blooms­bury, £5.99

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Lucy dreams of be­com­ing a maid at a noble home, to get away from her drunk­ard of a fa­ther and per­haps even get close to the Queen. Af­ter tak­ing the chance to fi­nally run away, her wish comes true and she is ac­cepted as a maid at the house of the mys­te­ri­ous Dr Dee, court ma­gi­cian and renowned con­sul­tant to El­iz­a­beth I, who takes his ad­vice on al­most ev­ery oc­ca­sion, even let­ting him sug­gest the date of her coro­na­tion. While work­ing at the house, Lucy’s cu­rios­ity gets the bet­ter of her and she is sud­denly cat­a­pulted into dan­ger as she makes a very sin­is­ter dis­cov­ery.

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