A Murder of Crows: A Sir Robert Carey Mystery

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Poisoned Pen Press, 2010 - Fiction - 258 pages
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September 1592 – and the redoubtable Sergeant Dodd is still in London with that dashing courtier Sir Robert Carey, dealing with the fall-out from their earlier adventures. Carey urgently needs to get back to Carlisle where he is the Deputy Warden and the raiding season is about to begin. However, there are complications in the way. His powerful father, Henry, Lord Hunsdon, son of the other Boleyn girl, Mary and her paramour young Henry VIII, wants him to solve the mystery of a badly decomposed corpse from the Thames that has washed up on Her Majesty's Privy Steps. Meanwhile, although he hates London, Sergeant Dodd has decided that he will not go north until he has taken a suitable revenge for his mistreatment by the Queen's Vice Chamberlain, Thomas Heneage. Carey's father wants him to sue – but none of the lawyers in London will take the brief against such a dangerous courtier. Then a mysterious young lawyer with a pock-marked face offers to help Dodd, with suspicious eagerness. Nobody knows who that balding young would-be poet and lover William Shakespeare might be working for, if he knows himself. And then, just as Carey is resigning himself to the delay, the one person he really does not want to see again arrives in London to stir everything up. With the River Thames for a freeway and the dark streets of London full of people up to no good, Sergeant Dodd has to help Carey find the identity of the corpse and who murdered him, while bringing a little taste of the Borders to his dealings with Heneage.

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User Review  - jamespurcell - LibraryThing

Sergeant Dodd to the fore. The phlegmatic, Northerner with great acerbic and occasionally caustic wit solves ciphers, survives being dressed to the nines and carries through to rout the bad guys. He ... Read full review

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User Review  - cathyskye - LibraryThing

Patricia Finney, writing as P.F. Chisholm, has created one of my favorite historical mystery series, but I thought the Sir Robert Carey books ended with the fourth, A Plague of Angels. I was thrilled ... Read full review

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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 most recently opened, run and sold a coffee shop called Words. She also lived in Spain for two and a half years.   She has published fifteen novels, including three Elizabethan thrillers, two childrens' books told by a dog (I, Jack series), the first books of the Lady Grace series for children and, of course, the Robert Carey series of crime novels set in Elizabethan England.   At the moment she is researching the sixth Carey story, writing another Elizabethan crime novel, rewriting scripts and having a whale of a time broadcasting Word Warriors, a literary show on her local community radio station (www.thesourcefm.co.uk).  


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