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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

The Doublet Affair An affair to remember....

This is the second in the Ursula Blanchard series and I really enjoyed this book. I started this book yesterday and I finished it tonight it was that good. The author takes some liberties in imagining that a plane could have been thought of during the Elizabethan era. An invention which of course failed in the book. Ursula must find out who is plotting against the Queen and trying to Put Mary Queen of Scots on the throne. She is placed in the mason family's home where the husband is obsessed with inventing a glider. The wife is a over worked housewife who employs Ursula to teach her girls embroidery.
During all this Ursula needs to get in to Mr Mason's study to find out how he is involved in the plot to over throw her half sister Elizabeth. I am really enjoying this series, Ursula is one character I can not get enough of.
If you have read To Shield the Queen you will want to read this one for sure.
Sunday, June 8, 2008

What I am reading now...

The Doublet Affair By Fiona Buckley. An Ursula Blanchard Mystery

I read the first book in this series of Elizabethan Mysteries last summer and fell in love with the character.Lady Ursula Blancahrd is the half sister of Queen Elizabeth who sometimes works as a spy for the queen. In this book Ursula must assist William Cecil in his investgations ofa scheme to place Mary Queen of Scots on the throne of England. This is the second book in the Ursula Blanchard mystries

The Secret Life of Josephine {Historical Fiction Challenge}

Carolly Erickson is fast becoming one of my favorite historical authors.
this is the second book of hers that I have read. Josephine tells her life story from childhood to becoming an Empress. I couldn't help but to dislike her husband Bonaparte aka Napoleon as he berated and insulted her through out the book. I found her story fascinating as she described the many palaces she lived in and the paris fashions of the era.
If you read the last wife of Henry The VIII you will enjoy this one.