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A Surfeit of Guns (1997)

by P.F. Chisholm

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Another good book in an excellent series. Interesting characters, intricate but coherent plot and the story well told ( )
  jamespurcell | Apr 4, 2014 |
The quality of this series remains consistently high. Historically interesting and accurate, and also just plain fun. The other thing I appreciate enormously about this series is the wonderful women. Its a challenge to write well about women in the past. Some writers make them anachronistically feminist, others make them uninterestingly spineless. PF Chisholm instead gives me strong women who are still very much of their time.

This third installment adds a layer of emotional depth as Carey comes to understand that being openly attentive to the (married)woman he's in love with is putting her at physical risk from her jealous husband. There's not much of anything he can do about it. Under the laws of the time her husband has every right to beat her, so now he has to decide - does he continue to pursue her and put her in danger? Carey has always been a flirt and a gallant, and isn't accustomed to concern himself much with the fallout from his attentions. But he loves and admires this woman. ( )
  bunwat | Mar 30, 2013 |
Sir Robert Carey, book 3 -- These books just get better and better. Mostly this story takes place in Scotland, with King James holding court in Dumfries. A large shipment of guns is in demand by several groups and factions, and our hero knows that there are two different caches of guns, and one of them containes dangerously faulty weapons. Great fun, as always. ( )
  lindymc | Jun 1, 2008 |
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Sir Robert Carey woke up to a knock on the door, feeling sticky-mouthed and bad-tempered and uncertain what time of day it was.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0802733042, Hardcover)

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, 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's a disaster. First, there's the fugitive he has to hand over to the warring Scots. Next come Wee Colin Elliot's sheep stealers. And then a gun explodes and takes off the hand of one of Carey's men. Back in Carlisle, Carey soon learns more faulty guns lie in the armoury in place of the sound weapons shipped in from Newcastle only last week. When these explosive deathtraps are stolen, he sets off in pursuit of both batches of guns--and the thieves.
The search ends in Dumfries where King James VI of Scotland--potentially King James I of England when his cousin Elizabeth dies--and his raucous court have assembled. James is as dissolute as ever, lovely Lady Elizabeth Widdrington, Carey's true love, is still shackled to her husband, and seductive Signora Bonnetti takes a serious interest in Carey and in the missing guns. Will the frustrated courtier be gallant enough to flirt with the Signora--and with treason?...
As wild as the American West, P.F. Chisholm's witty historical detections are also elegantly crafted and historically accurate as they reimagine the life of a real Elizabethan gunslinger. Her other Carey novels are A Plague of Angels (Introduction by Diana Gabaldon), A Famine of Horses (Introduction by Sharon Kay Penman), A Season of Knives (Introduction by Dana Stabenow). The author is at work on a fifth Sir Robert Carey.

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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 the dashing Carey, possibly a cousin of the Queen, merely trades one set of troubles for another. One black night in 1592, Carey is on night patrol along the unsettled border anchored by the garrison in Carlisle. It?s a disaster. First, there?s the fugitive he has to hand over to the warring Scots. Next come Wee Colin Elliot?s sheep stealers. And then a gun explodes and takes off the hand of one of Carey?s men. Back in Carlisle, Carey soon learns more faulty guns lie in the armoury in place of the sound weapons shipped in from Newcastle only last week. When these explosive deathtraps are stolen, he sets off in pursuit of both batches of guns?and the thieves. The search ends in Dumfries where King James VI of Scotland?potentially King James I of England when his cousin Elizabeth dies?and his raucous court have assembled. James is as dissolute as ever, lovely Lady Elizabeth Widdrington, Carey?s true love, is still shackled to her husband, and seductive Signora Bonnetti takes a serious interest in Carey and in the missing guns. Will the frustrated courtier be gallant enough to flirt with the Signora?and with treason??… (more)

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