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A Suspicion of Silver (#9 Sir Robert Carey)

P. F. Chisholm

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Poisoned Pen Press
18 December 2018
Fiction & Literature; Crime & mystery; Historical mysteries; Historical fiction
Mickey Spillane, who famously said 'The last line sells the next book,' would have given her a standing ovation for this one. I have never loved Sir Robert more. -Dana Stabenow, New York Times bestselling author Edinburgh, 1593. The new year begins.

Sir Robert Carey has just foiled a double plot against King James. He rides for Leith hunting the would-be assassin now identified as Joachim Hochstetter, also known as Jonathan Hepburn. Has he taken ship for the Continent, or ridden nearly 130 miles south and west into England? There at Keswick, his family, originally from Augsburg, runs a mining operation that pays a royalty to Queen Elizabeth in gold. It's ruled by the widow Radagunda Hochstetter, his mother.

Sir Robert's other problem? His dour, difficult, and now treasonous henchman, Sergeant Henry Dodd, has disappeared somewhere on the snowy moors. Why can't anyone find Dodd's body?

Before going after Hochstetter, Carey must escort Dodd's widow back to her home at Gilsland. It's a complex operation involving a cart, Widow Ridley and Skinabake Armstrong. That's the man who sold Janet Dodd to Wee Colin, the Elliot headman, on her way to Edinburgh before Dodd disappeared.

If Hochstetter goes to ground in Keswick, how far will the colony of German miners go to protect Radagunda's favourite child? He may be an outlaw in Scotland, and King James certainly wants his head, but Carey has no official authorization to kill the man in England.

Predictably, the Hochstetter family is politely obstructive. But something else is going on. What in the name of everything unholy is that well-known reiver, Wattie Graham of Netherby, doing so far over the border in peaceful Keswick?

Sir Robert is tested to the utmost in chasing the traitor (underground), solving a murder, arranging a duel-and then his courtship of another man's wife takes a deadly turn.
By:   P. F. Chisholm
Imprint:   Poisoned Pen Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Volume:   9
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 133mm,  Spine: 19mm
Weight:   331g
ISBN:   9781464210457
ISBN 10:   1464210454
Series:   Sir Robert Carey Mystery
Publication Date:   18 December 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Patricia Finney has been writing since she was seven, writing novels and screenplays since the age of fifteen and a published author since she was 18. She has a degree in Modern History from Oxford University - where she also met her late husband, American lawyer Christopher Perry. Since then, she has had a chequered career in which she has written a weekly column for a Fleet Street paper, edited a medical journal, won the top BBC Radio Drama Prize for her play A Room Full of Mirrors, sold advertising, been a dreadful secretary, and opened, run and sold a coffee shop called Words. She also lived in Spain for two and a half years. www.patricia-finney.co.uk

Reviews for A Suspicion of Silver (#9 Sir Robert Carey)

Character-driven, swiftly moving, and filled with fascinating historical details about mining and the Scottish border country. Chisholm continues to impress with each new addition to a top-notch series. --Kirkus Reviews Chisholm smoothly inserts realistic details of daily life in 16th-century Britain into this fast-moving historical. Those interested in the mining techniques of the period will be gratified. --Publishers Weekly The court of Elizabeth I once more outpaces today's politicians for cunning, effrontery, and vengeful machinations. As usual, Chisholm moves effortlessly from fascinating historical background to philosophical musings to violent action. --Kirkus Reviews review of A Clash of Spheres


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