Synopses & Reviews
The fourth novel in the fascinating series featuring Ursula Blanchard, loyal subject of Queen Elizabeth I and sleuth extraordinaire, finds our heroine torn between love and duty as she investigates treason of the highest order.
To Ruin a Queen
Desperately missing her young daughter and bitterly homesick for England, Ursula Blanchard is struggling to build a new life in France with her husband, Matthew de la Roche. Ursula is devastated when she learns her beloved Meg has disappeared from the family that has fostered her since the French civil war forced Ursula to leave her behind. A wanted man in England, Matthew is unable to accompany her as she frantically journeys home.
Upon her arrival, Ursula is stunned to learn that Meg is not missing, but has been sent at the Queen's behest to Vetch Castle. It is home of Philip Mortimer, descendant of Roger Mortimer, who was executed long ago for his part in the murder of Edward II.
Ursula treads carefully as she seeks the truth about Philip Mortimer's schemes to force the Queen to restore his family's fortunes. But when a murderer strikes, she is quickly ensnared in a web of blackmail and treason that could topple the crown -- and cost Ursula her life.
Buckley writes a learned historical mystery; Ursula, too, is a smart lass...a take-charge heroine.
About the Author
has received critical praise for her mystery series featuring Ursula Blanchard, which began with To Shield the Queen, The Doublet Affair,
and Queen's Ransom,
and now continues with To Ruin A Queen.
Ms. Buckley is a former technical journalist and industrial editor. She lives in North Surrey, England.