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A Traitor's Tears by Fiona Buckley
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This is the twelfth book in the series of Ursula Stannard Elizabethan mysteries. The execution of the Duke of Norfolk near the beginning of the book marks the end of the novels dealing with the complex plotting involving the Duke, fellow nobles from the North, the Italian banker Ridolfi and, of course, the imprisoned Mary, Queen of Scots. But of course there is another plot in the offing, this time a much less significant and non-historically based one, around a young nobleman working for the spymaster Francis Walsingham, who commits a murder for which Ursula's loyal manservant Roger Brockley is blamed. The plot and the key characters are as engaging as ever, involving the usual travels round the country looking for clues, to back up their belief in Roger's innocence; to the reader it is fairly clear from quite early on who the culprit is. Yet again, at the very end, Ursula swears to live a quiet life from now on with no more adventures, but I wouldn't believe this even if I hadn't seen that a further novel in the series is being published on 1 October. ( )
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"July, 1573. Recently widowed, Ursula Blanchard is living a quiet life on her Surrey estate, caring for her infant son. But her peaceful existence is shattered when Ursula's neighbour Jane Cobbold is found dead in her own flowerbed, stabbed through the heart with a silver dagger - and Ursula's manservant Brockley is arrested for the crime. Determined to prove Brockley's innocence, Ursula seeks help from her old mentor Lord Burghley. But when a second death occurs and the queen's new spymaster, Francis Walsingham, gets involved, once again Ursula is reluctantly drawn into matters of espionage and affairs of state" --… (more)

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