Book Reviews of To Shield the Queen (Ursula Blanchard, Bk 1)

To Shield the Queen (Ursula Blanchard, Bk 1)
To Shield the Queen - Ursula Blanchard, Bk 1
Author: Fiona Buckley
ISBN-13: 9780671015312
ISBN-10: 0671015311
Publication Date: 10/1998
Pages: 336
Rating:
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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3.8 stars, based on 56 ratings
Publisher: Pocket
Book Type: Paperback
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Quick read, well researched for the scant information available about Amy Dudley. The heroine is a wonderfully believable person...I enjoyed it.
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Very good historical mystery.
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A new to me series and this is the first. I hope it won't be her last!
Clean writing, moves right along
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In order to quell widespread rumors about their supposed murderous intentions, Elizabeth I and Sir Robert Dudley dispatch one of her ladies-in-waiting, young widowed mother Ursula Blanchard, to help tend Lord Dudley's sickly wife, Amy. Despite Ursula's friendly attentions, Amy dies violently. Ursula's subsequent search for the murderer of a trusted retainer uncovers evidence of Catholic scheming and tests her love for a dashing Frenchman. Buckley's tantalizing re-creation of Elizabethan life and manners is told with intelligence and gentle wit. A noteworthy debut and first of a series.
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Ursula Blanchard, a widowed young mother and lady-in-waiting to Queen Elizabeth I, deals with mystery and intrigue at court.
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best to read a series in order, but I still enjoyed this and got lots out of it even though I read the others first! VERY good
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I really enjoyed this mystery about a member of Queen Elizabeth's ladies in waiting. The author perfectly creates a rich story with characters who are in-depth and sympathetic, even some of the villains. I will be eagerly reading the rest of this series!
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In general I liked this book in the Ursula Blanchard series. I haven't read any of the others but I plan to in the future.
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I really enjoyed this book, and have since read the next in the series as well. I love how Fiona draws us into the characters..I don't think i've ever come across an author who does this before. Her books are hard to find so if you come across this series best to get them while you can. Enjoy!!! PS-Ursula is an awesome female lead character...how she handles herself when she meets Queen Elizabeth is wonderful.
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Fabulous and innovative, I love the whole series!
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#1 Ursula Blanchard Elizabethan historical mystery. Ursula, recently widowed and left nearly penniless, is given a place at Queen Elizabeth's court and ends up involved in political plots and intrigue when she is sent to attend to Lady Amy Dudley, wife of Sir Robert Dudley--widely known as a favorite of the Queen. Lady Amy is dying of breast cancer--essentially untreatable in that time--and Dudley wants someone there to witness the fact that he does not wish her ill nor is he plotting to kill her so he can be free to wed the Queen.

While Ursula is there, Amy Dudley does die in suspicious circumstances, having fallen down the stairs and broken her neck while the entire household was at the village fair--at Amy's insistence. Then Ursula's servant John Wilton is murdered, and she seeks to follow a lead given her by John with his last breath, and THAT leads her to a possible plot against the Queen herself.

This was a pretty good read, although I am not overly fond of the Elizabethan period having O.D.'d on it a few years back. I read one of the later books in this series a few years ago, and liked it enough to get this first one, intending to read through the series, but it ended up sitting on my shelf for over five years. I am not going to actively seek to continue the series for now, but at some point I probably will do so.
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Enjoyed the book very much. The history is quite acurate, the characters are well drawn and the plot is totally true.
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The start of an incredible series!
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This is a medieval mystery set in 16th century Elizabethan court. A good read.