To Ruin a Queen: A Mystery at Queen Elizabeth I’s Court

By Fiona Buckley
Read by Wanda McCaddon

The Ursula Blanchard Mysteries: Book 4

10.31 Hours 04/01/2002 unabridged
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As the thrilling adventures continue for Ursula Blanchard, secret agent for Queen Elizabeth I, she finds herself in France, reunited with her husband, Matthew de la Roche, in a passionate but flawed relationship. But when Ursula learns that her daughter, Meg, has mysteriously disappeared, she immediately sets out on a frantic and dangerous search. The trail leads back to England, to Vetch Castle, a grim, haunted keep owned by the enigmatic Philip Mortimer. Soon Ursula forms an alliance with Mortimer’s aging but beautiful mother and finds herself investigating a murder and an elaborate plot that could overthrow the queen’s throne. With surprises on every page and a high-suspense setting, To Ruin a Queen is the best yet from an author whose series continues to gain momentum—and whose heroine becomes more beguiling with each new tale.

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Summary

Summary

As the thrilling adventures continue for Ursula Blanchard, secret agent for Queen Elizabeth I, she finds herself in France, reunited with her husband, Matthew de la Roche, in a passionate but flawed relationship. But when Ursula learns that her daughter, Meg, has mysteriously disappeared, she immediately sets out on a frantic and dangerous search. The trail leads back to England, to Vetch Castle, a grim, haunted keep owned by the enigmatic Philip Mortimer. Soon Ursula forms an alliance with Mortimer’s aging but beautiful mother and finds herself investigating a murder and an elaborate plot that could overthrow the queen’s throne.

With surprises on every page and a high-suspense setting, To Ruin a Queen is the best yet from an author whose series continues to gain momentum—and whose heroine becomes more beguiling with each new tale.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Readers with a taste for melodramatic suspense will relish this solid historical…Buckley takes a Chaucerian interest in characters from all social strata, their garments, physical distinctions and manners.” Publishers Weekly
“[McCaddon’s] always-perfect characterizations encompass royalty and an aging hag, loyal servants and scruffy children, smarmy nobles and star-crossed lovers, all with skill and insight. Her enthusiasm for the story keeps her energy high.” AudioFile
“An absorbing page-turner.” Booklist
“The historical detail about Elizabethan life and times is fascinating. [McCaddon’s] voice performance is spot on—her Welsh and Scottish dialects are excellent as is her French pronunciation and accent.” Kliatt

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Author Bio: Fiona Buckley

Fiona Buckley is a powerful voice in historical crime fiction, praised for her precise research and finely crafted writing. She lives in England.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Mystery & Detective
Runtime: 10.31
Audience: Adult
Language: English