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To Shield the Queen (Mystery at Queen Elizabeth I's Court) [Mass Market Paperback]

Fiona Buckley
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Nov 1998 Mystery at Queen Elizabeth I's Court
Loyal Servant. Devoted Friend. Perfect target. Rumor has linked Queen Elizabeth I to her Master of Horse, Robin Dudley. And what rumors, at that: but for his ailing wife, Amy, Dudley would wed her majesty, the gossipmongers are whispering. To quell idle tongues, Elizabeth dispatches Ursula Blanchard to tend to the sick woman's needs. But not even Ursula can prevent the "accident" that takes Amy's life. Did she fall or was she pushed? Was Ursula a pawn of Dudley and the Queen? Suddenly Ursula finds herself at the center of the scandal, trying to protect Elizabeth as she loses her heart to a Frenchman who may be flirting with sedition against her Queen. She can trust no one, neither her lover nor her monarch, as she sets out to find the truth in a glittering court that conceasls a wellspring of blood and lies.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; Reprint edition (Nov 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671015311
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671015312
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.7 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,425,927 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Fiona Buckley is the author of eight historical mystery novels featuring Ursula Blanchard: To Shield the Queen, The Doublet Affair, Queen's Ransom, To Ruin a Queen, Queen of Ambition, A Pawn for a Queen, The Fugitive Queen, and The Siren Queen. She lives in North Surrey, England. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Tudor mystery! Enjoyable to the end. 11 Jun 2001
Although The Robsart Mystery does not focus solely on the story of Amy Robsart, it does offer reasonable explanations of unresolved situations and relationships within the court of Elizabeth I. The main thread through the book is the story of Ursula Blanchard - lady of the Queen's presence chamber - who embarks on a journey that will change her life. The journey begins with her request, by Elizabeth, to protect the life of Amy Robsart. Rumours of a love affair between Elizebeth and Robert Dudley are rife in court. Mixed with accusations of Dudley trying to poison Amy so he can marry the queen, tantamount to a rather worried Elizaebth who must ensure her crown and reputation is protected. Ursula becomes the faithful friend to Amy and when she inevitably dies, Ursula is determined to find out the truth. However, this determination is pushed even further by the sudden death of someone else close to Ursula. This unprecedented attack spurs Ursula on a trail of love, hate and determination to find the killers. Her journey leads to some shocking discoveries about the people she thought she knew and her faith and loyalty are put into doubt. I found The Robsart Mystery story intriguing and full of suspense. Above all, it was great to see such a strong lead female character who almost overshadowed the queen herself!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Marvellous suspense 27 Mar 1999
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A compelling mystery, made all the more believeable by a credible and well-characterized first-person narrator, this book had me hooked almost from the first page. The only thing that bothered me somewhat was the choice of title, since Queen Elizabeth herself appears only briefly towards the beginning and the end of the story. I will definately be following this series in the future.
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I picked up this book as a quick read over a holiday and was happily surprised to find the author an accomplished novelist. Her simple explanations of the intriquisies of the Elizabethian court were purely amazing, bring the court life to life in a vivid and fun fashion. And the author is to be commended on her use of 'devices'. It is easy to write a modern mystery, complete with wire taps, phone scanners,and high speed chases in fancy cars. Fiona Buckly showcases her brilliant mind as she keeps the heroine firmly in the character of an Elizabethian lady who uses her powers of reason and the drama of stealth to overhear conversations.Instead of a fancy car the heroine has a flashy bay horse, and the slow speed chase on horseback lurking over hill and dale in the English countryside following a notable horse was absolutly facinating. I compleatly enjoyed TO SHIELD THE QUEEN, and will begin searching for other books by Fiona Buckly,hoping that she has continued the adventures of Ursula and her crew.
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The language patterns aren't terribly Elizabethan, and the history not terribly atmospheric, and I'm not quite sure it's more a romance than mystery, but the plot kept me plodding through
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