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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Turtleback Books
Publication date March 1, 2001
Binding Prebinding
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780613292276
ISBN-10 0613292278
Dimensions 1.50 by 4.25 by 7 in.
Weight 0.60 lbs.
Availability§ Publisher Out of Stock Indefinitely
Original list price $15.70
§As reported by publisher
Summaries and Reviews
Summary
When Ursula is kidnapped and another spy is killed, she realizes she is a pawn in a treacherous plan that may ultimately involve murdering Queen Elizabeth
Amazon.com description: Product Description: A tantalizing re-creation of Elizabethan life and manners told with intelligence and wit," raved Library Journal upon the publication of To Shield the Queen, the volume that introduced twenty-six-year-old Ursula Blanchard, Lady of the Presence Chamber to Queen Elizabeth I, and one of the most entrancing mystery heroines to come along in many a season.

Young Ursula knows it can be treacherous easing herself into the petty foibles at court, but now, having once saved the Virgin Queen from political disaster, she faces an even greater challenge. Sortie of Ursula's old acquaintances may be plotting to overthrow Elizabeth in favor of Mary, Queen of Scots, and the re-establishment of the Catholic faith. Ardent, some would say fanatical, believers will stop at nothing -- smuggling, counterfeiting, civil war, perhaps murder -- to further their cause. One of Elizabeth's spies is already dead and the clues to his death point in a troubling direction.

Most disturbing to Ursula is whether her old friends Ann and Leonard Mason could be mixed up in a treasonous plot against the Queen. There have been rumors that all is not as it should be with the Masons.

Secretary of state Sir William Cecil needs his own spy in the Mason home and Ursula is the obvious choice, She knows the family, she can justify her visit by helping to care for the Masons' five children, and she can perhaps use her newly acquired skill at lockpiching to uncover some surprising truths.

Torn between her devotion to Elizabeth, still a young woman like herself, and her longing to be reunited with her exiled Catholic husband, Matthew, in France, Ursula makes a difficult bargain that balances personal happiness against duty to Queen and country. Her journey takes her into dangerous territory eventually into the underground cells of the Tower of London itself Whatever happens, she will never again be quite as trusting or quite as secure.

Editions
Hardcover
Book cover for 9780708941805
 
Large print edition from Linford (February 1, 2000); titled "The Doublet Affair"
9780708941805 | details & prices | 396 pages | 7.00 × 10.00 × 1.00 in. | 1.75 lbs | List price $31.99
About: 'Here is an intelligent woman who could very well rival Cadfael.
Paperback
Book cover for 9780671015329 Book cover for 9780743489089
 
Reprint edition from Pocket Books (November 7, 2006); titled "The Doublet Affair"
9780743489089 | details & prices | 352 pages | 5.00 × 8.00 × 1.00 in. | 0.70 lbs | List price $22.99
About: Part-time spy and half-sister to Elizabeth I, Ursula Blanchard is directed to investigate close friends Ann and Leonard Mason for their suspected role in supporting a plot to place Mary Queen of Scots on Elizabeth's throne.
from Pocket Books (December 1, 1999); titled "The Doublet Affair"
9780671015329 | details & prices | 384 pages | 3.25 × 6.50 × 1.25 in. | 0.45 lbs | List price $6.99
About: When Ursula is kidnapped and another spy is killed, she realizes she is a pawn in a treacherous plan that may ultimately involve murdering Queen Elizabeth
Cassette/Spoken Word
Book cover for 9780786117253
 
With Nadia May (other contributor) | from Blackstone Audio Inc (August 1, 2000); titled "The Doublet Affair"
9780786117253 | details & prices | 6.75 × 9.25 × 1.00 in. | 0.95 lbs | List price $49.95
About: In To Shield the Queen, we were introduced to Ursula Blanchard, lady-in-waiting to Queen Elizabeth I and one of the most entrancing mystery heroines to come along in many a season.
Prebinding
Book cover for 9780613292276
 
The price comparison is for this edition
from Turtleback Books (March 1, 2001)
9780613292276 | details & prices | 4.25 × 7.00 × 1.50 in. | 0.60 lbs | List price $15.70
About: When Ursula is kidnapped and another spy is killed, she realizes she is a pawn in a treacherous plan that may ultimately involve murdering Queen Elizabeth

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