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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (290 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Fiona Buckley Narrator: Wanda McCaddon Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Ursula Blanchard Mysteries Release Date: June 2005 ISBN: 9781455178773
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As the thrilling adventures continue for Ursula Blanchard, secret agent for Queen Elizabeth I, she finds herself in France, reunited with her husband, Matthew de la Roche, in a passionate but flawed relationship. But when Ursula learns that her daughter, Meg, has mysteriously disappeared, she immediately sets out on a frantic and dangerous search. The trail leads back to England, to Vetch Castle, a grim, haunted keep owned by the enigmatic Philip Mortimer. Soon Ursula forms an alliance with Mortimer’s aging but beautiful mother and finds herself investigating a murder and an elaborate plot that could overthrow the queen’s throne.

With surprises on every page and a high-suspense setting, To Ruin a Queen is the best yet from an author whose series continues to gain momentum—and whose heroine becomes more beguiling with each new tale.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Readers with a taste for melodramatic suspense will relish this solid historical…Buckley takes a Chaucerian interest in characters from all social strata, their garments, physical distinctions and manners.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “[McCaddon’s] always-perfect characterizations encompass royalty and an aging hag, loyal servants and scruffy children, smarmy nobles and star-crossed lovers, all with skill and insight. Her enthusiasm for the story keeps her energy high.”

    AudioFile

  • “An absorbing page-turner.”

    Booklist

  • “The historical detail about Elizabethan life and times is fascinating. [McCaddon’s] voice performance is spot on—her Welsh and Scottish dialects are excellent as is her French pronunciation and accent.”

    Kliatt

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe | 11/16/2013

    " On the border to Wales and never a dull moment. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bonnie | 6/14/2013

    " I picked it up not knowing anything about it. Then found out it's part 4 of a mystery series during Quenn Elizabeth's (16th century) time. I liked it but felt out of the loop when past things were referred to, so I think I'd like to read the first one sometime. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pamela | 12/7/2012

    " good series...she goes though lots of husbands... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 5/7/2012

    " I found this book difficult to get really intersted in. I guess I have been reading more modern mysteries and this seemed a bit slow and less corners to go around. It still had a good plot and I liked the character taling in the first person. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bridget Reischer | 3/4/2012

    " Listened to it read as an audio book - a good read - history alive. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jackie | 2/8/2012

    " This is a historical mystery set in the time of Queen Elizabeth I. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie G | 5/14/2009

    " A sprightly Elizabethan suspense novel with a strong main woman character. The scenes are well set so that you get a clear sense of the smells, sounds and sights of the age. The plot had a few too many twists for my liking but it kept you reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mel | 7/15/2008

    " I really enjoyed this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 1/19/2008

    " I'm still reading and still interested in Ursula Blanchard and her doings. Like the last book, this is less straight mystery than intrigue. I have to admit I hate a certain Frenchman and hope that situation is cleared up soon. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 7/14/2007

    " fun amusement for summer reading "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 MommaLaura | 6/18/2007

    " This woman can really keep you enthralled. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maribeth | 6/7/2007

    " It's a page turner even though a bit cheesy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 2/12/2007

    " I enjoyed this book. Elizabethan mystery. "

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About the Author
Author Fiona Buckley

Fiona Buckley is a powerful voice in historical crime fiction, praised for her precise research and finely crafted writing. She lives in England.

About the Narrator

Wanda McCaddon (a.k.a. Nadia May or Donada Peters) has narrated well over six hundred titles for major audiobook publishers, has earned numerous Earphones Awards, and was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine.