I fear that this series has gone the way of so many others with serious longevity: repetitive stories with uneven reliance on previous books to keep the storyline going. This story was completely reliant on a previous story for plot advancement yet there wasn't enough important information from the previous book to be helpful. Multiple mentions of how a previous antagonist I fear that this series has gone the way of so many others with serious longevity: repetitive stories with uneven reliance on previous books to keep the storyline going.
Multiple mentions of how a previous antagonist was foiled by pepper was not enough to be helpful in understanding the Countesses venom. Multiple mentions of Ursula and Brockley's non-affair were not necessary. Jul 01, Jenni rated it really liked it. Queen's Bounty is a great sequel to the last book in the Ursula Blanchard series I liked that. The events that created the mystery all came together nicely at the end of the story, as the author often does well. The characters continue to develop, so it's not just about the mystery.
It was a little predictable for me, but I'm not always great at solving mysteries so it was fun to be able to feel as though I was figuring this out. Another reviewer mentioned needing to read this series in order Queen's Bounty is a great sequel to the last book in the Ursula Blanchard series Another reviewer mentioned needing to read this series in order - yes, I would definitely recommend doing so. The series is worth it - very good historical detail and great plot lines.
Apr 15, Wynne rated it it was ok. I wonder if the writer is losing interest in the series. The best part of the book was her description of a wedding for an upper middle class family during Elizabethan England. Since it is 9 in a series there is a lot of "memory of adventures past", and the story seems to have much "sameness" to it.
How many times do we need to know that Dale gets her feelings hurt when Brockley goes on an adventure with Ursula? Despite my complaints, I will probably keep reading. Go figure. There was quite a bi I wonder if the writer is losing interest in the series. There was quite a bit in this book about the fear of witches and the hysteria surrounding it. I might decide to do some reading about this later. Oct 21, Margaret Sankey rated it liked it.
Eliabeth I's half-sister Ursula Blanchard is resting at home in the country, preparing for her daughter's wedding when there's a threatening message from Anne Percy, former countess of Northumberland, the conspirator defeated in the previous book in the midst of her plot to raise Northern Catholics against the crown. Percy seems to be the mastermind behind a series of events meant to discredit Ursula and her household in the area, culminating with a devastating charge of witchcraft. With interve Eliabeth I's half-sister Ursula Blanchard is resting at home in the country, preparing for her daughter's wedding when there's a threatening message from Anne Percy, former countess of Northumberland, the conspirator defeated in the previous book in the midst of her plot to raise Northern Catholics against the crown.
With intervention from Cecil, can these rural machinations be foiled? Mar 20, Jane Bigelow rated it really liked it. This a wonderful series, and Queen's Bounty is a worthy addition to it.
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The historical detail is solid as ever; the plot is clever; I love Ursula Blanchard. There's a remarkable balance in these books. I think it's the only time I have ever seen a witch hunter portrayed as a person with a conscience and rigorous intellectual honesty. My only sorrow is that I'm now completely up to date on the series and will have to wait for the next one. Well, maybe I regret picking it up late at night. I shoul This a wonderful series, and Queen's Bounty is a worthy addition to it.
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I had to finish reading! Dec 13, Joanna rated it it was ok Shelves: , historical-fiction , mystery. The sparkle of the earlier installments of this series is absent in this particular book. The characters have gotten older, which is to be expected, but most unfortunately they also seem to have become less introspective, observant, and intelligent overall.
The introduction of new characters, essentially so that they can be killed off as plot line cannon fodder, is particularly strange and distressing. I love Ursula, but this is far from Blanchard's best work. Jul 04, Lalla rated it it was amazing. While this story is filled with all the familiar characters from previous novels in this series, Ursula is much the focus of the plot and not Queen Elizabeth. I enjoyed the description of wedding preparations and found some of them similar to ones we do now as well as some very different.
The story is filled with drama, excitement, and insight into the beliefs of the common and upper class people of the times. The conclusion is exciting and satisfying of all readers.
Dec 12, Paula rated it it was ok Shelves: zreads , mystery-authors-i-gave-up-on. I want to like this series and i have read them all so far but i am giving up. For some reason I have never connected with Ursula and I don't think I even like her. The books are kind of boring and I just don't care enough to continue.
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I feel bad about it though because I should like this series. Jun 05, Carol rated it liked it. A continuation of a series that seems to be losing steam.
Ursula the protagonist once again finds herself stuck where she doesn't belong after her daughter 's wedding and so continues her usual machinations to get out of her dilemma. I hope the author returns to her previous form with more sleuthing and adventure or this could become a rather humdrum series. Jan 05, Dena rated it really liked it.
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Elizabethan England could be a very dangerous place to live in if you were a strong, intelligent and capable female. Buckley provides a deep understanding of the time through this series. Ursula and cast are characters you are able to relate to no matter what century you live in. Oct 12, Kate rated it really liked it. Very enjoyable historical novel in this well-researched and personable series.
Dec 27, Susan Moore rated it really liked it Shelves: historical-mystery. Love these books. This one bogged down to the end but was well worth getting through.
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Jan 25, Julie rated it liked it Shelves: mystery , read-in , read-since-august , mystery-historical-read. Buckley kills off two characters in pretty horrifying circumstances and everyone just seems to think it's kind of a shame, shrug, and go on. Jan 15, Becky rated it really liked it Shelves: historical-fiction , mystery. Best one yet! KJ rated it it was amazing Jul 31, Elaine Brennan rated it liked it Feb 27, Laurel rated it liked it Jan 13, Edwirinia rated it liked it Nov 29, Lisa Pettid rated it really liked it Oct 03, Loreta rated it it was amazing Dec 26, This is a character that is great at figuring her own options, despite there being a limited amount of things a woman could do at the time.
Some cannot wait to dig into other books from this series, as this one was such a strong book. Ursula is homesick for England and heartsick after she is separated from her young girl. She is currently struggling to put together her new life in France with Matthew de la Roche, her husband. Ursula is heartbroken to find out that Meg has vanished from the family that she has been living with since Ursula had to give her up due to the French civil war.
Matthew is wanted in England, and cannot go with her to while she frantically makes her way back home. When a killer strikes, she quickly gets caught up in a web of treason and blackmail that might just destroy the queen. It may cost Ursula her own life. If you see one missing just send me an e-mail below. Book s. The guy is a master! More Details.
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