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!