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Queen's Ransom by Fiona Buckley
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Book #3 in the Elizabeth I mystery novels by Fiona Buckley (her pen name). This plot wandered a bit and wasn't as sharp as books #1 and #2. A year has gone by and our heroine (Ursula Blanchard) is sent to France by the queen with a letter offering to "mediate" between the Catholics and Protestants (called Huguenots) of France. The queen wants Ursula to give this letter to the Queen Mother of France--Catherine de Medici. But France has exploded in violent religious war and Ursula is placing her life on the line to fulfill this task. There is a Huguenot massacre in a small French town while Ursula and her party is spending the night at an inn. Not much detail is given by the author (probably to keep the "gore" away from junior readers) but it doesn't grip the reader with enough terror in my opinion. And the never-ending pull of Ursula's estranged husband, Matthew, is starting to wear a little think by book #3. Going to continue reading the series because I want to see where this plucky little woman goes, though!
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