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A Surfeit of Guns (Sir Robert Carey, Bk 3)
A Surfeit of Guns - Sir Robert Carey, Bk 3
Author: P. F. Chisholm
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. However, trouble is where the dashing Carey, possibly a cousin of the Queen, finds it. — One black night in 1592, Carey is on night patrol along the unsettled border anchored by the garrison in Carlisle. It'...  more »
ISBN-13: 9781890208356
ISBN-10: 1890208353
Publication Date: 8/1/2000
Pages: 246
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.

4.1 stars, based on 6 ratings
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
Members Wishing: 4
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cyndij avatar reviewed A Surfeit of Guns (Sir Robert Carey, Bk 3) on + 1030 more book reviews
Third in the excellent historical mystery series set in Elizabethan England and Scotland. Sir Robert Carey goes after a shipment of guns that were stolen and then replaced with defective ones; one of Carey's men has his hand blown off. Fantastic sense of place and time. Carey, although experienced in the treacheries of the royal court, is again shown to be somewhat inexperienced in the absolute corruptness of the border region. Sergeant Dodd, surprising even himself, is helping him learn the ropes. The gun plot twists and turns several times before the final resolution, which left me shaking my head in sympathy for Carey. I think a new reader could start here, but much more fun to begin with the first book.
Trey avatar reviewed A Surfeit of Guns (Sir Robert Carey, Bk 3) on + 260 more book reviews
This is another Robert Carey novel. And like anything on the border between Scottland and England, things are not what they seem. And in this one, there are a multitude of twists.

It starts with a night patrol that encounters a German fugitive from Scottland, then a bursting handgun during a skirmish. From there it moves to Carey's inspection of the weapons received at Castle Carlisle from the Tower in London (after being done out of the armory clerkship - an office he could sell), the Muster and a brazen theft from the armory at castle Carlisle. After that, Carey and the long suffering Sergeant Dodd head to Dumfries Scottland, home of its arms industry and where King James is holding court.

I can't give too much away without spoiling it - its twistey. Very twistey with multiple overlapping plots, schemes and players. Still, its pretty good. The plots are brought to resolution, but in a way I didn't expect. It does give an excellent feel for the period and region. The characters seem very real - different from us. Carey is unusual in that he believes in the rule of law (which I'm not sure is authentic), but otherwise he's the self-important popinjay, but a skilled soldier and intriguer nonetheless. Dodd is ... Dodd. Calm and very much a product of the area and time.

All I need is Plague of Angels and I'll have finished all the Robert Carey novels, which is a shame. Still, there are her other Elizabethan novels.