Synopses & Reviews
In 1592, Sir Robert Carey, a handsome courtier fleeing his creditors, his father's wrath, and the close scrutiny of his Queen, came north to Carlisle to take up his new post as Deputy Warden of the West March. The presence of his true love, the married Elizabeth Widdrington, was no mere coincidence. Before long, Sir Robert was up to his ruff in horse rustling and treason (A Famine of Horses), but he sorted that out with dispatch.
Now he's in trouble again. The rowdy Grahams plan to kidnap Elizabeth as she journeys home to her husband. While Sir Robert storms out to stop them, someone murders the man he has just sacked from his post of paymaster to the Carlisle garrison. When Sir Robert returns, he finds his servant Barnabus slung into the castle dungeon, accused of the crime, and his arch enemy Sir Richard Lowther scheming to have Carey arrested for masterminding the murder....
When even faithful Sergeant Dodd is prepared to believe he did it, the courtier finds his hands full--while ruin stares him in the face--as he juggles the murder inquiry and untangles a skein of love and greed that reminds him most uncomfortably of how carefully he must conceal his love for Elizabeth.
A Season of Knives, based on the real Sir Robert Carey's tumultuous life, is not only a keenly plotted detective story, it's an innovative police procedural and historical writing at its rousing best.
The other works in this series are A Plague of Angels (Introduction by Diana Gabaldon), A Famine of Horses (Introduction by Sharon Kay Penman), and A Surfeit of Guns (Introduction by Barbara Peters). The author is at work on a fifth Sir Robert Carey.
A SEASON OF KNIVES (by P.F. Chisholm; $14.95) This is the second in one of THE outstanding historical mysteries series, following the superb A FAMINE OF HORSES ($14.95), being reprinted by Poisoned Pen Press. The setting is the borderlands between England and Scotland in the late sixteenth century. Chisholm combines fast-paced action, a beautifully rendered setting, and fascinating historical details in a series that is one of Dean's favorite of all historical mysteries.
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About the Author
Dana Stabenow is the author of eleven previous Kate Shugak mysteries as well as three featuring Alaska State Trooper Liam Campbell, in addition to three science fiction novels. A graduate of the University of Alaska with a BA in journalism and an MFA, she won the Edgar Award for her first novel, ""A Cold Day for Murder,"" She writes a monthly column for ""Alaska Magazine"" and is an Explorer for ""Alaska Magazine"" Television, which airs on public television. Stabenow was born and still lives in Anchorage, Alaska.