Queen's Bounty by Fiona Buckley
(Ursula Blanchard Mysteries)

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The tenth gripping mystery to feature Ursula Blanchard, special aide to Queen Elizabeth I. Happily married to her third husband, Ursula Blanchard is rudely shaken on receipt of a threatening letter from the exiled Anne Percy, Countess of Northumberland, whose treasonous plot against Elizabeth I, Ursula helped foil a few months previously. Ursula dismisses the Countess’s letter as idle threats, but then a series of strange events rocks Ursula’s household – and Ursula herself is accused of witchcraft. Could Anne Percy really be orchestrating a plot against Ursula from her exile in the Netherlands? And, if so, how can Ursula prove it before she is hanged as a witch?
 

About Fiona Buckley

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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.
 
Published December 15, 2012 by Severn House Digital. 240 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Once again Ursula Blanchard, now married to Matthew de la Roche and living in France, is on a mission, reluctantly, to serve Queen Elizabeth and her Secretary of State Sir William Cecil (The Doublet Affair, 1998, etc.).

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In the meantime, the Queen is not about to let Ursula, who is her bastard half sister, forget her obligations at a time when Elizabeth’s enemies in Scotland and the north country are looking for ways to replace her with Mary Queen of Scots.

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Ursula goes undercover as kitchen help at Roland Jester’s Pie Shop—an Elizabethan fast-food restaurant that makes McDonald’s look like a sterile environment—where the students in question hang out.

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Bypassing the queen’s permission for the journey in order to keep Edward’s treason secret, Ursula travels to the barbaric north with her faithful tirewoman, Fran Dale, and Fran’s husband Roger Brockley, whom Ursula can’t help flirting with.

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Ursula and her husband Hugh, their maid Fran Dale, their manservant Roger Brockley, their companion Sylvia Jester, and young Meg, along with old Gladys, arrive in London to find the Duke’s protégé, Edmund Dean, intelligent, magnetic, and disinclined to take no for an answer.

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Thrice-married Ursula Blanchard is the illegitimate sister of and former lady-in-waiting to Queen Elizabeth I.

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At the start of Buckley’s solid ninth Elizabethan historical (after 2004’s The Siren Queen), Mark Easton, a messenger, brings news to Elizabeth I about a plot to free Mary, queen of Scots, from captivity in England.

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In Fiona Buckley's A Pawn for a Queen: An Ursula Blanchard Mystery at Queen Elizabeth I's Court, the sixth in the series, the queen's faithful lady-in-waiting and spy, now widowed, finds herself in the midst of the power struggle between Elizabeth and Mary, Queen of Scots.

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To dispel rumors of an unsuitable alliance with her master of horse, Robin Dudley, and to assure the court that she means his ailing young wife no harm, the queen sends Ursula herself to care for the woman.

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Readers with a taste for melodramatic suspense will relish this solid historical, the fourth in the Ursula Blanchard series from the pseudonymous Buckley.

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The latest installment in Buckley’s long-running Elizabethan mystery series featuring Ursula Blanchard finds Ursula in the midst of planning her daughter Meg’s wedding.

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