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A trust betrayed
Robb, Candace M.
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New York : Warner Books, 2001.
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255 pages ; 24 cm
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X Adult Fiction Mystery/Suspense
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Author Notes

Candace Robb lives in Seattle, Washington.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Robb brings historical mystery fans a new series featuring Dame Margaret Kerr of Perth, Scotland. It is 1297 and the Wars of Independence against the English are raging. Intrigue abounds as the various Scottish factions fight among themselves to gain control of the country and drive the English out. Dame Margaret's husband, Roger, a merchant, has been missing for five months. After his cousin, Jack, goes to Edinburgh to find Roger and turns up murdered, Margaret sets out to determine what really happened. She quickly finds that Edinburgh, full of English soldiers, is no place for a woman alone. When she starts investigating, Margaret lands in a web of politics and betrayal. She realizes that she knew very little about her husband and his cousin. Robb's captivating blend of history and mystery vividly evokes Medieval Scotland. Those who enjoy her Owen Archer novels will want to step back a century and read about Dame Margaret Kerr. --Barbara Bibel

Publisher's Weekly Review

Author of the acclaimed Owen Archer mystery series (The Nun's Tale; etc.) set in late 14th-century England, Robb introduces Dame Margaret Kerr in the alluring first of a new series placed in 13th-century Scotland. The spring of 1297 finds Margaret with her mother-in-law, Katherine, in Dunfermline. Roger Sinclair, Margaret's husband, has not been heard from since he set out for Edinburgh on business months earlier. Roger's cousin, Jack, leaves to find Roger, but instead returns home in a shroud, the victim of a brutal murder. After his funeral, Margaret determines to go to Edinburgh with her priest brother to search for her husband and to discover what she can about Jack's death, her only clue being a small weight clutched in Jack's dead hand. Margaret finds an Edinburgh occupied by English soldiers and clouded by political unrest. As she follows Roger's trail and seeks Jack's murderer, she uncovers truths that tear at her heart and cause her to question her beliefs and loyalties. Robb carefully unfolds her story, allowing the reader to become immersed in the day-to-day life of the characters. With meticulous attention to historical details, from the soup Margaret eats to her characters' plaid clothing and the language they speak (there's a helpful glossary), the author lovingly re-creates medieval Edinburgh. But like Katherine's altar cloth or Margaret's needlework, the story remains unfinished and readers can only wait patiently for the sequel. (Apr. 12) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved