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A Rescue For A Queen (Ursula Blanchard) [Kindle Edition]

Fiona Buckley
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Book Description

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.

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"Buckley seasons another charming episode of historical intrigue with several surprises" Kirkus Reviews "Buckley once again delivers a tale sure to please fans of Elizabethan historicals" Publishers Weekly

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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1162 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Severn House Digital (1 May 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #175,970 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ursula part 11 20 Sept. 2014
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The eleventh novel in the Ursula Blanchard series of Elizabethan mysteries. This is Ridolfi/Duke of Norfolk plot part 2. There is a very palpable sense of fear and oppression during the sequences set in Inquisition-ruled Madrid, the contrast between that and the physical beauty of the city being well drawn. During these scenes Brockley and, in particular, Dale are less sympathetic than usual, being pulled to the extremes of their character in a way that was a little shocking. I enjoyed the story as usual, though the pattern of Ursula saying she definitely wants to go on no further missions, but being talked/cajoled into doing so by Cecil, wears thin. There is at least one more novel in the series, and I hope it may be a little more varied.
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5.0 out of 5 stars really enjoyable read 25 Jun. 2014
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Like the authors style of writing, plenty of tension and suspense have now read all books in this series good historical murder/mystery
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fiona Buckley Is Back on Track 20 Mar. 2013
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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 the 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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read 3 Jun. 2013
By Mary F. Pedro - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
I enjoyed reading this book. Good suspense and a nice ending. Ursula Blanchard is an interesting character and I look forward to reading more Fiona Buckley novelsm
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best by far of her new books 20 Jun. 2013
By S. Z. Paolella - Published on
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Caught me from the first page. Thoughtful, intriguing and not predictable! Loved this one and I have read all of them!
2.0 out of 5 stars Series has run its course 12 Feb. 2015
By Elisabeth - Published on
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I really wanted to love this book. Fiona Buckley is a wonderful writer. I had just finished a Fiona Buckley "wanta be" from Penguin Prime Crime. The first few pages of this showed up the wanta be for the thin imposter it is. But there is just no plot to this book. Ursala wanders thru the pages wringing her hands, bemoaning how difficult her decisions are, doing the stupidest things possible to put herself in danger for no particular good reason. All the characters are there: William Cecile pulling the strings, Dale not abiding this or that, Buckley being strong and reliable, old loves, old villains and no plot. I just wanted to scream at Ursala to GO HOME. I finally had to abandon the book 2/3 of the way thru. If it hadn't gotten off the ground by then it wasn't going to. I'm quite saddened by this review, because I loved this series.
3.0 out of 5 stars Meh. 9 Jan. 2014
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I used to devour this series, but I guess its wearing thin for me now. The first books seem a lot more engaging and exciting.
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