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A Plague of Angels: A Sir Robert Carey Mystery (Sir Robert Carey #4)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  434 Ratings  ·  33 Reviews
In 1592, dashing courtier 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, dogs his heels wherever he goes. And where he goes in autumn, after the summer's misadventures in Carlisle, is back to London upon a summons from his father. Carey is on difficult terms with his ...more
ebook, 252 pages
Published November 8th 2000 by Poisoned Pen Press (first published 1998)
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May 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book starts with a very flattering introduction written by Diana Gabaldon. I can understand why she likes it so much because there are certainly similarities between this and her Outlander series. Both authors love to write ghoulishly about medical treatments and also about the lack of plumbing and the alternatives thereto. They also both know how to write heroic, daring and totally charming male characters.
I am hooked on this series and therefore find no fault with it. I enjoyed the change
Oct 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, mystery
The year is 1592 and Sir Robert Carey is called back to London from his post on the Scottish Borders to help look for his brother Edmund who has gone missing. As well as his servants, Robert brings his Sergent Henry Dodds with him and much of their time in London is described by Dodds who does not take well to the hustle and bustle and thieving ways of the locals, despite the grandeur and luxury enjoyed by the Careys and their peers. Edmund has got himself mixed up in a plot involving fraud with ...more
Jamie Collins
This is my least favorite of this series so far, although it’s still quite good. I especially enjoyed seeing London from the point of view of Sergeant Dodd. The biggest problem, I think, is the incidental appearance of famous figures, something I rarely find enhances a historical novel but rather makes it feel contrived.

Unusually, Carey’s viewpoint is never presented in this story, which takes place in London. It’s mostly told from the point of view of Dodd, who is simultaneously awed and disgus
Oct 30, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fitting and rollicking climax to Chisholm's quartet of novels about Sir Robert Carey. This yarn brings him south from his usual stamping ground to London and a vivid picture is painted of Elizabethan London riddled with plague, coney catchers, intelligencers, footpads and alchemists. Along the way, she weaves a few famous figures into her tale providing delightful libels of Robert Greene and Will Shakespeare and an interesting spin on the mystery surrounding the activities of Kit Marlowe, Ingr ...more
Jun 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
fun read as usual
Sep 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historic-fiction
As Diana Gabaldon's glowing, fangirly intro notes, this is fantastic historic fiction in many ways. The historic details are right - you can smell, see, taste and walk along in London circa 1590-something. The characters are alive and realistically human. The action moves briskly along, but never stoops to obvious plot devices (in fact at one point where every other historic book would have gone in a certain direction, the character thinks to himself "huh, this is too obvious" and swerves.) And ...more
Apr 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my favorite (so far) of the Sir Robert Carey mysteries and that's saying quite a lot, as I love this series. The action moves to London, but what makes this book the shining star of the series is the crisp and complex plot, the sharp and witty dialogue, and the fully fleshed out relationships between the main protagonists. The period detail is, as always, impeccably researched and detailed, but smoothly incorporated into the book, so you never feel like you're being lectured about mediev ...more
Robert Scott
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Dec 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great novel in this fast-paced Elizabethan murder-mystery series. Sir Robert Carey is summoned to London by his father to find his missing brother. He is accompanied by Sergeant Dodd. The plot is intricate and the historic detail accurate. Much of the enjoyment comes from Dodd's reactions to London, as he is forced to abandon his comfortable homespun clothing for fashionable clothes, and his reiving instincts have to be controlled when he sees the sleek dairy herds and views the gold dis ...more
Jun 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A nice twisty plot set in Elizabethan times, with great atmosphere evocative of the era. There are wheels within wheels, and lots of ambiguous characters, and the plot takes us from the aristocracy down into the lowest level of prisons.

I am giving this 4 stars instead of 5 mostly because i did not care for the depictions of either Marlowe or Shakespeare here. Neither was especially nuanced, and they were clearly complicated people.

Still- this was an entertaining book in an entertaining series, w
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