Golden Cargoes
by Fiona Buckley

The queen’s half-sister, Ursula Stannard, returns to solve another Tudor mystery in this page-turning tale of suspicious riches, murder and hidden treasures – can she find the golden cargoes?

May 1589. Being the queen’s half-sister and occasional secret agent, can take its toll, which is why Ursula Stannard is looking forward to the simple pleasure of attending the wedding of her tenant’s daughter. But on arrival, Arabella the bride-to-be is refusing to marry her intended.

Ursula tries to reason with Arabella on behalf of her mother, Joan Mercer, but she senses all is not well with her betrothed, or within the Mercer household. The family have gold and jewels beyond their means, and Ursula suspects they may not have gained such riches legally.

When the strangled corpse of local herbalist and suspected witch is found, and Ursula learns through her connections at Court that English vessels are being plundered by a trio of mysterious ships – she once again takes on the mantle of secret agent.

With someone willing to kill to protect their secrets and a bounty of golden cargo at stake, Ursula is in danger! Can she uncover the culprits, save the reluctant bride, and remain unscathed herself?

Golden Cargoes is the twenty-first book in the popular Ursula Blanchard series which follows Ursula, a most unconventional Tudor spy as she solves unpredictable, compelling mysteries.


“A lively story with excellent historical detail and atmosphere”


“The charming spy again gives good value as she unearths secrets in an Elizabethan context”

Kirkus Reviews

“Buckley’s vivid portrayal of the resourceful, clever, and devious Ursula carries the plot. Readers will hope to continue seeing more of her”

Publishers Weekly

“The queen of Elizabethan historicals”

Publishers Weekly on The Scent of Danger

“Plenty of exciting adventure spiked with a healthy dose of history”

Kirkus Reviews on Shadow of Spain

“Atmospheric . . . Buckley makes full use of a fascinating time and place in British history

Publishers Weekly on Forest of Secrets

“Ursula is a determined, intrepid sleuth . . . Another satisfying mix of mystery and Elizabethan history

Booklist on The Scent of Danger

“Engrossing . . . Fans of Tudor historicals who value authentic period color will be rewarded”

Publishers Weekly on A Web of Silk

Fiona Buckley

Fiona Buckley is the author of eighteen previous Ursula Blanchard mysteries, and a historical saga, Late Harvest. Under her real name, Valerie Anand, she is the author of numerous historical novels, including the much-loved Bridges Over Time series. Brought up in London, she now lives in Surrey.

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Golden Cargoes by Fiona Buckley is available in the following formats

Hardback - Large Print978144831153811th July 2023146 X 222mm336£23.99
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The Tudor mystery featuring Ursula Blanchard Series