From Publishers Weekly Chisholm steeps her story in so much 16th-century atmosphere and historical detail that much in this British debut is slow going. When Sir Robert Carey, courtier to Queen Elizabeth, is transferred to the Scottish border, he finds many problems. His brother-in-law has appointed him Deputy Warden over Richard Lowther, who assumed he would get the job. Carey has to contend with Lowther and the distrustful Sergeant Henry Dodd, who has just found the body of the son of a powerful feudal lord. Carey must convince Dodd that stemming the lord's vengeful tendency and bringing the murderer to trial is the civilized way of justice. While looking for the killer, they stumble on the makings of a border attack, which Carey suspects is being masterminded locally. Chisholm's short digressions on the new concept of due process are thoughtful but blunted by archaic terms. And Carey, an upright courtier with the gift of guile, remains too distant, never fully retaining the reader's sympathies. Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. Read more From School Library Journal YA?A fun detective-adventure set in Elizabethan England, with many period details included. Sir Robert Carey arrives at his new post of Warden just in time to help locate the murderer of Sweetmilk Graham and prevent the escalation of a clan feud. The characters are unique individuals who often come alive through witty dialogue as they tease or argue with one another. Tension develops when Carey goes undercover as a peddler into the enemy's castle. The book is for more sophisticated readers, as many allusions and British terms of the time period are not defined in context, and there is no list of characters to help sort out identities and allegiances. Purchase for good readers who like historical fiction.?Claudia Moore, W.T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VACopyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. Read more
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