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April 2019: History > A Rescue for a Queen: 3 Stars

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message 1: by Kimberly (last edited Apr 01, 2019 11:02PM) (new)

Kimberly Ann (auntie-nanuuq) | 753 comments A Rescue For A Queen (Ursula Blanchard, #11) by Fiona Buckley

Rescue for a Queen, Fiona Buckley

Historical Mystery: continuance of the attempts to free Mary of Scotland from her imprisonment & place her on the English throne by Elizabeth's cousin Norfolk, Thomas Howard & Anne Percy Northumberland

★ ★ ★

From the inside flap: "February 1571. When Ursula's foster daughter Margaret receives a proposal of marriage from a Dutchman she barely knows, her estranged parents ask Ursula to escort her to the Netherlands to meet her suitor. But Ursula's journey has a deeper purpose. When the Queen's spy-master Sir William Cecil (Lord Burghley) learns that banker Roberto Ridolfi will be honoring the wedding celebrations, he asks Ursula to find out what he's (Ridolfi) up to. For Cecil fears that Ridolfi may be plotting to put Mary Queen of Scots on the English Throne.

And, so, once again, Ursula finds herself reluctantly engaged in affairs of the state. her reluctance is well-founded; for in the Netherlands she will come face to face with her greatest enemy - and the exiled Countess of Northumberland is not the only figure from Ursula's past to put in a surprising appearance."

There was a glaring error of blatant stupidity on Ursula's part which led her into the trap set by Anne Percy.. as well as the deliberate betrayal of Ursula's jealous retainer Fran Brockley. That knocked off one star!

The twist was a reintroduction of Ursula's past, which was well written.


message 2: by Hebah (last edited Apr 02, 2019 07:20AM) (new)

Hebah (quietdissident) | 675 comments I nodded my way through, reading your review until I got to the line "There was a glaring error of blatant stupidity on Ursula's part which led her into the trap set by Anne Percy," which made me laugh. I hate moments like that too and have even burst out aloud "Oh. My. God. You idiot!" at characters when I'm reading.


message 3: by Kimberly (new)

Kimberly Ann (auntie-nanuuq) | 753 comments Hebah wrote: "I nodded my way through, reading your review until I got to the line "There was a glaring error of blatant stupidity on Ursula's part which led her into the trap set by Anne Percy," which made me l..."

Yep, when someone usually intelligent knows better but does something stupid & out-of-character!


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