The eleventh enthralling adventure to feature Ursula Blanchard, reluctant spy in the service of Queen Elizabeth I
February, 1571. Ursula is once more plunged into affairs of the state when she escorts her foster daughter Margaret to the Netherlands to meet her suitor. The queen’s spymaster, Sir William Cecil, learns that the wealthy Italian banker Roberto Ridolfi will be hosting their forthcoming wedding – a man who he fears may once again be plotting to put Mary Queen of Scots on the English throne. But Ursula is also about to come face-to-face with her greatest enemy – and the exiled Countess of Northumberland is not the only figure from Ursula’s past to put in a surprising appearance.
|Publisher:||Severn House Publishers|
|Series:||Ursula Blanchard Elizabethan Mystery Series , #11|
|Product dimensions:||5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.10(d)|
About the Author
Fiona Buckley is the author of the Ursula Blanchard mysteries. Under her real name, Valerie Anand, she is the author of numerous historical novels including the much-loved Bridges Over Time series. Brought up in London, she now lives in Surrey.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Ursula gets lured into Spanish-occupied Netherlands, is captured by an old e emy, and is rescued by her former husband. As always, plots are revealed and those responsible are punished.
As usual Fiona Buckley did a great job. I couldn't put this book down. I have read the series and find myself deeply involved with the characters. If you haven't read the prior books I would recommend doing so or you may be a bit disengaged as the story does build on the prior story lines.
Fiona Buckley is back on track with "A Rescue for a Queen," her 11th installment in her Ursula Blanchard mystery series. After a so-so effort with her last Blanchard book, "Queen's Bounty," Ms. Buckley has returned to the action, suspense and intrigue that has made this series an overall enjoyable read. Set in 1571, "A Rescue for a Queen" has newly widowed Ursula being asked to escort her ward to the Netherlands in order to meet a suitor. At the same time, she is also asked to investigate whether Florentine banker Roberto Ridolfi (who, in one of those convenient coincidences that mystery writers seem to love, just happens to be related to the groom and is hosting the wedding) is again involved in a plot to put Mary Queen of Scots on the English throne. This quest leads Ursula and her loyal servants to travel not only to the Netherlands but also to Rome and Spain. Along the way, she falls into the hands of an old enemy (the same one from the last book), is menaced by the Spanish Inquisition, and encounters someone from her past that loyal readers just knew was going to show up again. This last meeting results in an interesting twist that could throw an unexpected, but not entirely unwelcome, circumstance into Ursula's life -- and future books in the series. As in all Ursula Blanchard books, Ms. Buckley employs sometimes unlikely coincidences, changes in point of view, questions that are not explained or answered until later in the book, and sudden references to the future which may momentarily jar new readers, but which experienced readers will recognize as techniques designed to create interest and suspense. If they work for you, then you'll enjoy this book and return for more.