• RRP: £20.99
  • You Save: £9.64 (46%)
FREE Delivery in the UK.
Only 2 left in stock (more on the way).
Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
A Traitor's Tears (An Urs... has been added to your Basket
+ £2.80 UK delivery
Used: Very Good | Details
Condition: Used: Very Good
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

A Traitor's Tears (An Ursula Blanchard Elizabethan Mystery) Hardcover – 1 Mar 2014

3.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews

See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
Kindle Edition
"Please retry"
"Please retry"
£11.35 £0.01
Note: This item is eligible for click and collect. Details
Pick up your parcel at a time and place that suits you.
  • Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
  • Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
How to order to an Amazon Pickup Location?
  1. Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
  2. Dispatch to this address when you check out
Learn more

Great Discounts
Shop the Books Outlet. Discover some great deals on top titles. Shop now
£11.35 FREE Delivery in the UK. Only 2 left in stock (more on the way). Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
click to open popover

Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

Product details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Crème de la Crime (1 Mar. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780290578
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780290577
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.4 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,667,449 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Product Description


"Buckley's engaging 12th Tudor whodunit"
Publishers Weekly on Traitor's Tears

""Buckley's engaging 12th Tudor whodunit""
Publishers Weekly on Traitor's Tears

Customer Reviews

3.0 out of 5 stars
5 star
4 star
3 star
2 star
1 star
See both customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Hardcover
Set in 1573, the heroine Ursula Blanchard/Stannard, recently widowed, finds herself, often it appears, in the position of having to play detective. She is surrounded by a bevy of faithful servants and as half-sister to the Queen Ursula has certain advantages that allow her access to Court.

I did not know when I started that this was a series so I had no prior details about the characters. In this particular novel one of her faithful servants, Brockley, is accused of murder and the story is a mystery (I suppose) in which Ursula is determined to clear the name of her servant. There is an undercurrent that indicates that Ursula and Brockley are attracted to one another - never mind that Brockley is very much married. I found this odd rather than interesting.

This book is very light reading. Although it is not badly written it just does not have anything of substance to recommend it.
1 Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This is the twelfth book in the series of Ursula Stannard Elizabethan mysteries. The execution of the Duke of Norfolk near the beginning of the book marks the end of the novels dealing with the complex plotting involving the Duke, fellow nobles from the North, the Italian banker Ridolfi and, of course, the imprisoned Mary, Queen of Scots. But of course there is another plot in the offing, this time a much less significant and non-historically based one, around a young nobleman working for the spymaster Francis Walsingham, who commits a murder for which Ursula's loyal manservant Roger Brockley is blamed. The plot and the key characters are as engaging as ever, involving the usual travels round the country looking for clues, to back up their belief in Roger's innocence; to the reader it is fairly clear from quite early on who the culprit is. Yet again, at the very end, Ursula swears to live a quiet life from now on with no more adventures, but I wouldn't believe this even if I hadn't seen that a further novel in the series is being published on 1 October.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)

Amazon.com: 3.4 out of 5 stars 16 reviews
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Ye Olde Mass-Markette Mysteree 17 Mar. 2014
By Sarah-Hope - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
A Traitor’s Tears, released at the beginning of the month,  is the twelfth book in Fiona Buckley’s Ursula Blanchard mystery series. Blanchard is an illegitimate half-sister of Elizabeth I who regularly finds herself stumbling upon mysteries and working for William Cecil and Frances Walsingham. In this case, what starts out as a murder investigation expands into a more complicated effort to bring Jesuits into Elizabeth’s England with the goal of putting Mary, Queen of Scots, on the English throne and restoring the country to Catholicism.

Lots of meaty possibilities there, but they weren’t realized. I’d fantasized about discovering something along the lines of Iain Pear’s An Instance of the Fingerpost (definitely on the “Essentials” shelf), but what I got was more like Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Milhone transported to the 16th Century—with little in the way of period language or detail.

Bottom line: this is your standard mass-market mystery novel and Buckley uses all the techniques you’d expect in such a publication.

• She breaks the flow of her narrative to give us heaping platters of visual details that tell us very little about the situations and characters the novel presents: Roger Brockley, my reliable manservant, who had been my resourceful companion in many times of danger, had a high forehead, lightly strewn with pale gold freckles, a receding hairline and very steady grey-blue eyes.

• She plugs previous volumes in the series: [John Ryder] had joined us on our last adventure, which had taken us into dangerous Spain. But for him, we might not have got out safely.

• She uses the predictable show-the-reader-what-the-narrator-looks-like-by-having-her-look-in-a-mirror move: As I prepared to set out, I looked at myself in a mirror and noticed how the years were changing me. My hair was still dark and glossy, but my eyes, which were hazel, had little lines around them and a wary expression.

• She tells us what one character has done by having a second character describe to the very one who did those things exactly what she did: ‘We saw you run from the garden,’ said Gladys, ‘and Dale was there all of a sudden pleading and crying. You tried to argue with them, but they took no heed of either of you.’ Though why a woman who’s just run into a house needs to be told what she saw and did once she got there is a question without a satisfactory answer.

• She plays the put-the-two-conspirators-in-a-room-together-and-just-wait-for-them-to-discuss-their-every-illegal-thought-and-action-in-detail card.

I’d been hoping for some interesting religious wrangling, a look at the political uses of faith in Elizabeth’s England, a rich discussion of the complicated relations between legitimate and “natural” children, a sense of how a woman in the 16th Century might have managed to carve out and maintain an independent existence. What I got was a competent, but predictable mass market paperback.

If you like leaving a book with interesting historical and ethical questions to mull over—which is how my tastes run—you’ll be disappointed with A Traitor’s Tears. If you want airplane reading or a book to carry about while you run errands—the literary equivalent of an episode of a sit-com—well, that’s what you’ll get.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Traitor's Tears 1 Mar. 2014
By Erin Davies - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Fiona Buckley's A Traitor's Tears is a tough book for me to review. The mystery is solid enough, not as gripping as I might have liked, but interesting in its way. Problem is I couldn't help feeling I would have enjoyed this piece more if I'd been already familiar with the Ursula Blanchard series.

I can't speak for the rest of the books, but this installment is particularly reliant on pre-established relationships and while it is certainly possible to read it as a standalone, I can't say I'd recommend doing so. Not unless you enjoy feeling like something of a third wheel. The author recaps essential information, but no amount of rehashing is substitute for good old fashioned character development.

I don't mean to sound overly critical as I'm sure Buckley's characters and their backgrounds are firmly established in Ursula's earlier adventures, I am simply stating new readers are not afforded a lot of opportunity to connect with her players and that makes it really difficult appreciate the drama of their circumstances and really undermines the inherent value of this particular story.
4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable series 23 Jun. 2016
By Colleen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This book was enjoyable and easy to read. I wish Dale was a little stronger in character and Ursula a little less bossy.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Enough, But Needs More Substance 19 Jan. 2014
By Book Woman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Fiona Buckley's 12th installment of her Ursula Blanchard mystery series has Ursula setting out on an independent quest for information to clear her servant Roger Brockley of murder charges. While it's not as good as some of the earliest books in the series (read "To Shield The Queen," "Queen's Ransom," "To Ruin A Queen," and "A Pawn for A Queen"), it's mostly free of the contrived circumstances that have made some of her latest books in the series only average.

My main problem with this installment was that I just couldn't remember much about the main antagonist in this story, who was a character that Ms. Buckley introduced in the last book, and frankly, I didn't want to go back and re-read the last book just to refresh my memory. Buckley did briefly repeat essential information about this character so it was possible to treat this book as a stand-alone. But if a character isn't memorable enough to stick in the memory, it's usually a sign of weak character development.

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. All of this may momentarily jar new readers, but experienced readers will recognize them as tried-and-true "mystery story" techniques designed to create interest and suspense. If they work for you, then you'll enjoy this book. But if, like me, you're getting tired of "tried-and-true" story methods and want a little more historical and ethical substance, then you'll find this book just OK.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I think the character of Ursula deserves a little better - a fuller story and better writing and editing 12 Oct. 2014
By kathleen smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I think the character of Ursula deserves a little better - a fuller story and better writing and editing. I've enjoyed many of the other books in this series, but Ms. Buckley's weak point of "telling" more than "showing" background and character development was featured prominently in this book. I finished the book in an evening; there wasn't much meat to consider. Over time we've gotten to know several recurring characters; although Ursula's daughter is now off and married, she was an important character in earlier books. And yet if was if she did not exist in this book; there was no reference to her state of well being at all. It seemed odd to present Ursula and her cares and concerns without a shout out to her daughter. That absence sort of fit with the overall sense I had that the book was written hurriedly and rushed to press. Just average, at best, and makes me wonder if I will spend $15 again for an Ursula Blanchard novel. Disappointment!
Were these reviews helpful? Let us know