To Ruin a Queen
Fiona Buckley

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Narrated By: Wanda McCaddon

Duration: 10 hours and 19 minutes

What to expect

As the thrilling adventures continue for Ursula Blanchard, secret agent for Queen Elizabeth I, 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 a murder and an elaborate plot that could overthrow the queen’s throne.

With surprises on every page and a high-suspense setting, To Ruin a Queen is the best yet from an author whose series continues to gain momentum—and whose heroine becomes more beguiling with each new tale.


Historical crime and mysteries, Historical fiction, Crime and mystery fiction, Crime and mystery: women sleuths

Listen to a sample

“Readers with a taste for melodramatic suspense will relish this solid historical…Buckley takes a Chaucerian interest in characters from all social strata, their garments, physical distinctions and manners.”

Publishers Weekly

“[McCaddon’s] always-perfect characterizations encompass royalty and an aging hag, loyal servants and scruffy children, smarmy nobles and star-crossed lovers, all with skill and insight. Her enthusiasm for the story keeps her energy high.”


“An absorbing page-turner.”


“The historical detail about Elizabethan life and times is fascinating. [McCaddon’s] voice performance is spot on—her Welsh and Scottish dialects are excellent as is her French pronunciation and accent.”