Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Upcoming Release: Queen without a Country by Fiona Buckley

Sarah from Reading the Past posted a preview of the upcoming UK releases a couple of days ago! I love it when these posts go up as there are always books that I hadn't previously heard of. Amongst the list this time were new Christie Dickason, Conn Iggulden, Colin Falconer and more, but if there was one book that really caught my eye it is a new release in the Ursula Blanchard historical mystery series by Fiona Buckley (a psuedonym of Valerie Anand).

I read the last book in the Ursula Blanchard series, which is set in the Court of Queen Elizabeth, more than five years ago. I hadn't heard anything about a new book and so was thinking that Buckley had given up on the series, but apparently not!

Here's the blurb (note that there is a spoiler of sorts in the description)
The ninth gripping murder mystery to feature Ursula Blanchard, special aide to Elizabeth I

November, 1569. Happily married to her third husband, Hugh Stannard, lady-in-waiting Ursula Blanchard is hoping to give up her undercover work for Queen Elizabeth l in order to enjoy domestic bliss. But when Hugh unwittingly endangers possession of his ancestral home, Ursula is forced to take on a seemingly hopeless (but handsomely paid) private assignment, which the Queen spots is the perfect cover for a covert investigation into a group of rebel barons plotting to put Mary, Queen of Scots on the English throne . . .
Haven't heard of this series? Check out the spotlight post that we did about a couple of years ago.


  1. I keep thinking about reading this series, but I haven't got there yet. Maybe one day!

  2. This looks like a great series. I'll have to look into it. Elizabethan England is one of my favorite time periods. Thanks for sharing!


  3. New to me so thank you for the link as well.

  4. Thanks for alerting me to the upcoming book! Fiona Buckley's a favorite of mine and like you I thought she'd given up writing more of them. But no!

  5. I adored this series in college. I'm so happy to hear that there is another one in the offing! Now I need to go back and re-read the whole series!