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by Fiona Buckley

Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Mystery, Historical

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The sixth book in Fiona Buckley's series featuring Ursula Blanchard and

the court of Elizabeth I centers on the conflict between Elizabeth and her cousin
Mary, Queen of Scots.
Once more a widow, Ursula plans
to take the time to retire to the country
and spend quiet moments with her young daughter, Meg. Then she gets wind that
her cousin Edward is on his way to Scotland with a list of names of those English
families loyal to the Catholic cause. Ursula must stop him before
Mary receives the list and he is branded
as a traitor to England. She travels to Edinburgh with Elizabeth's permission.

As Ursula reaches Scotland, Edward is murdered. She is now on a quest to find
his killer and to discover if the list was ever delivered. Her search leads
her into Mary's court, where she learns to like her beloved Elizabeth's
greatest rival and allies herself with Master de la Roche, a nobleman of Scots-French
descent who could be her greatest friend or foe.

As she becomes entangled in the web of politics, Ursula faces moral dilemmas
and comes to understand that for those
in power, friends can be as dangerous
an enemies and everyone is a pawn
in the game.

Rich in historical detail and
fascinating tidbits about Elizabeth I
and Mary, A PAWN FOR A QUEEN gave
me a tantalizing taste of the Elizabethan era and a thirst to read more of Ms.
Buckley's series. By cleverly blending history, mystery and a touch of
romance Buckley creates a delicious feast for those who love danger as much
history. (Dec., 288 pp., $24.00)

Reviewed By: Kathe Robin

Publisher: Scribner

Published: December 2002

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