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Queen's Ransom by Fiona Buckley
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Queen's Ransom by Fiona Buckley is the third book of the Ursula Blanchard historical mystery series set in 1562 France. Ursula Blanchard is on a mission for Queen Elizabeth I, carrying a secret letter to Queen Catherine de Medici to offer support negotiating with Huguenots. As a cover for her mission, Ursula is traveling with her late husband's father to bring his daughter Helene back to England for an arranged marriage. Little does Ursula know, but the men in her entourage that she trusts to guard her are hoping she will lead them to her husband Matthew de la Roche. Double-cross, delays and betrayal abound. Ursula has her trusty maid Dale along, which provides comfort - until Dale's fervent beliefs endanger her life. Seemingly for purely evil entertainment, Catherine de Medici sets an impossible ransom. But Ursula knows where treasure is hidden in Antwerp; she helped to hide it years ago. Ursula needs all her wits to survive the double-dealing and hidden agendas of her fellow travelers as she struggles to reach the treasure, then return to save Dale. Strangers are in pursuit; who are they working for? All the while in France, she's torn by proximity to Matthew vs. longing for her daughter Meg in England, and reluctance to continue espionage. A grueling trek for Ursula; an exciting armchair adventure for a reader, with an interesting French history lesson. Recommend read this series in order for best understanding of the characters, relationships and loyalties.
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