A Murder of Crows: A Sir Robert Carey Mystery

P. F. Chisholm, Author . Poisoned Pen $24.95 (258p) ISBN 978-1-59058-657-0 ISBN 978-1-59058-737-9

Set in 1592, Chisholm's fifth Sir Robert Carey mystery (after 2000's A Plague of Angels ) includes a couple of potentially interesting supporting characters, Christopher Marlowe and William Shakespeare, but the playwrights come across as mere caricatures. Not much more developed are the two leads—Carey, the son of Anne Boleyn's sister, Mary, and thus cousin to Queen Elizabeth, and his sidekick, Sergeant Dodd, whose heavy dialect (“whit can ye dae to show us ye're no' one o' his kinship come tae trap us in ambush?”) can be tough to follow. Carey and Dodd seek legal representation to bring a case of unlawful imprisonment against the queen's vice chamberlain, look into the identity of an unclaimed corpse found in the Thames, and probe some shady land deals in Cornwall. Unfortunately, the multiple story lines fail to gel, and the plot drags for long stretches. Fans of Elizabethan historicals would do better with Rory Clements's Martyr (2009). (June)

Reviewed on: 03/15/2010
Release date: 06/01/2010
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