The Scent of Danger
by Fiona Buckley

Ursula’s visit to her Devon relatives leads to murder, mayhem and a possible plot to free Mary, Queen of Scots in the latest Ursula Blanchard Tudor mystery.

February, 1586.
When the queen’s spymaster, Sir Francis Walsingham, learns that Ursula is to visit her relatives in Devon, he asks her to find out what has happened to two of his local agents, who have been strangely silent recently. On arrival in the small Devon village of Zeal Aquatico, Ursula discovers that both spies in question have met with mysterious – and fatal – accidents. Or is there more to it than that?

What did the two spies find out that got them killed? Is there any truth to the rumours that King Philip of Spain, in league with the queen’s cousin, Mary Stuart, intends to launch an invasion from the south coast? As Ursula pursues her investigations, it becomes clear that someone in Zeal Aquatico is determined to stop her finding out the truth … whatever it takes.


Gripping … Details of the personal lives of those closest to Ursula complement the political intrigue. Buckley reinforces her place as the queen of Elizabethan historicals

Publishers Weekly

A satisfying mix of mystery and Elizabethan history. Suggest to fans of Suzanne M. Wolfe's recent The Course of All Treasons (2019), starring another Elizabethan spy, Nicholas Holt


An action-packed mystery bathed in impeccable historic atmosphere

Kirkus Reviews

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

Publishers Weekly on A Web of Silk

An authentic Elizabethan cliffhanger

Kirkus Reviews on A Web of Silk

The 17th entry in Buckley's authentically detailed mystery series will please fans of historical whodunits and Elizabethan-era fiction

Booklist on A Web of Silk

Among the most action-packed of Buckley's always-engrossing looks at Elizabethan lives and times

Kirkus Reviews on The Reluctant Assassin

A perilous blend of intrigue and suspense ... Buckley continues to deliver intelligent and multi-layered historical mysteries

Booklist on A Deadly Betrothal

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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The Scent of Danger by Fiona Buckley is available in the following formats

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