As the thrilling adventures of Ursula Blanchard, secret agent for Queen Elizabeth I, continue, 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 both a murder and an elaborate plot that could cost the queen her throne.
With surprises at every turn and a highly suspenseful setting, To Ruin a Queen is the best novel yet from an author whose series continues to gain momentum and whose heroine becomes more beguiling with each new tale.
©2000 Fiona Buckley; (P)2002 Blackstone Audio Inc.