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A Plague of Angels: A Sir Robert Carey Mystery (Sir Robert Carey Mysteries Book 4) [Kindle Edition]

P F Chisholm
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Book Description

In 1592, dashing courtier Sir Robert Carey took up his northern post as Warden of the West March in order to escape the complications of creditors and court life. Trouble, however, dogs his heels wherever he goes. And where he goes in autumn, after the summer’s misadventures in Carlisle, is back to London upon a summons from his father. Carey is on difficult terms with his powerful sire, Henry, Lord Hunsdon. Hunsdon, son of Anne Boleyn’s elder sister, Mary—and probably of a young King Henry VIII—swings a lot of weight as “cousin” to Queen Elizabeth. But Hunsdon needs his ingenious younger son, Carey to sort out the difficulties his elder son has got himself into as an innocent party in a plot to discredit the family. Accompanied by the shrewd Sergeant George Dodd, who’s like a fish out of water as he copes with the strange Londoners, Carey tackles Catholics, treachery, and such persons known to history and students of literature as George Greene and Christopher Marlowe who are working as spies and double agents. Most arresting is a portrait of a love-sick, sniveling hanger-on named Will Shakespeare….

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""A Chisholm mystery is the next best thing to time travel.... For those who find the journey more compelling than the final destination, a Chisholm novel will offer an unforgettable Elizabethan pilgrimage.""--Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Writing under her real name, Patricia Finney began her career when only 17, with A Shadow of Gulls, an historical novel set in Ireland during Roman times. After ten years' break she returned triumphantly with Firedrake's Eye, a highly praised literary novel set in Elizabethan England.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 521 KB
  • Print Length: 269 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1890208434
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press (9 May 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00822GB2O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #32,098 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Readers of P.F.Chisholm's earlier books about the West March Deputy Warden, Sir Robert Carey and his problems with the Border Reivers will expect a well written and exciting book which gives you a real feel for life on the borders in Elizabethan England. Here, the scene moves south as Sir Robert answers a summons from his father to return to London and sort out the difficulties his elder brother has got himself into as an innocent party in a plot to discredit Lord Hunsdon. Henry Dodd, the down-to-earth land sergeant of Gilsland accompanies him, feeling like a fish out of water, but coping quite well with the strange southerners. Appearances by persons better know to students of English Literature, such as George Greene and Christopher Marlowe as spies and agents are interesting, while the portrayal of that love-sick snivelling hanger-on Shakespeare is quite an eye opener. P.F. Chisholm's strength lies in her ability to write a dialogue which is natural and not preciously "period" and she certainly seems to understand the mind of the borderer. I speak as a borderer myself, albeit from the East, not the West March. I would strongly recommend this book to lovers of both historical and mystery fiction. Even my brother, who normally only reads sci fi wants more!
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Political intrigue,poets ,playwrites and court. 7 Mar. 2001
Sir Robert Carey and his enterage exchange the reivers of Carlisle for London. The book is well paced. The plot well weaved and brought together at the end. Dodds and Carey are an entertaining duo, with the majority of the narrative coming from Dodds viewpoint. London is brought to life with his observations of the absurdity and strangeness of politics compared to Carlise. But he begins to realise that some methods of "persuasion" are the same the world over.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Out of the frying pan into the fire. 10 Jan. 2015
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A Plague of Angels:

Sir Robert Carey, Warden of the West March, is summoned home by his father, Lord Hunsdon, in order to find his troublesome elder brother who cannot avoid getting involved in dubious 'get rich quick' schemes. All is not as it seems and a suspiciously quiet London is soon revealed as a backdrop for murder, cruel injustice, and political intrigue. Fortunately Carey is accompanied by the ever dependable Sergeant Henry Dodd whose observations regarding London life are a revelation. Another winner for P. F. Chisholm and lovers of the period.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 4 Jun. 2014
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The best I've read so far in this series. I was laughing out loud at times, especially at the scene in the inn playing cards with Kit Marlowe. Definitely read this book, it's fabulous.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Plague of Angels 13 May 2014
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Loved this book as much as the others in the Sir Robert Carey series can't wait to read the next
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Plague of Angels 3 April 2014
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I have really been enjoying P F Chisholm' s Robert Cary Mysteries but unfortunately not this one.
My oh my why has this author taken it upon herself to discredit William Shakespeare so, set in 1592 the author has him working as a servant and having the contents of a chamber pot being thrown over him and beaten up by other poet's really?
Records show that during this period Shakespeare was earning a living as an actor and playwright having several plays produced.
By 1594 he was a managing partner of the Lord Chamberlains men the leading company of players of their day writing and acting with them, in 1597 he had 15 of his 37 plays published and had purchased the second largest house in Stratford
By 1599 together with a partnership of company members he built the Globe theatre
It is true that Green called Shakespeare a upstart crow but most scholars believe that this was because William didn't have the university education that the other playwrights of time had.
His humble background makes his works more outstanding the very fact that he has added more words and phrases to the British language surely gives him the right not to be used in such a disrespectful manner.
Though I have not enjoyed this book (I have not been able to finish it) I have loved the others in the series and look forward to the next one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff 1 April 2014
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This series of books is excellent. It gives a real feel of the period and pulls you along at a good pace.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A plague of angels 27 Mar. 2014
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A most enjoyable story with some favourite characters. I have read other books by the same author and I am looking forward to reading others
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