A Trust Betrayed (Margaret Kerr, #1)
It is Scotland, in the spring of 1297, and Margaret Kerr's merchant husband, Roger, has been missing since winter. Though he originally set out for trading purposes, Margaret now worries that he may have been caught up in the rebellion against the English -- or may have been killed. Roger's cousin Jack travels to Edinburgh seeking news of the missing merchant, but his body is returned home bearing wounds that could not be self-inflicted. Now Margaret sets out in search of her husband and the truth about Jack's death. The journey takes her to British-occupied Edinburgh, where Margaret's uncle reluctantly agrees to let her stay at his inn. As the two become part of the perilous activities, they risk endangering his clandestine war-time work.

A Trust Betrayed (Margaret Kerr, #1) Details

TitleA Trust Betrayed (Margaret Kerr, #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseApr 1st, 2002
PublisherMysterious Press
ISBN-139780446678506
Rating
GenreMystery, Historical, Historical Fiction, Historical Mystery, Medieval, Fiction, Crime

A Trust Betrayed (Margaret Kerr, #1) Review

  • Mfred
    January 1, 1970
    Unfortunately for Margaret Kerr of Perth, her books may always be compared to Robb's Owen Archer series, even if the comparison is somewhat unfair. Margaret Kerr is not Owen Archer-- she is young and inexperienced, often jumps to conclusions too quickly, and makes hasty decisions putting quite a few people at risk. Her husband has gone missing in Edinburgh; her cousin-in-law who went off to find him comes back dead (and mutilated), so she sets off for Edinburgh ostensibly to figure out why. But Unfortunately for Margaret Kerr of Perth, her books may always be compared to Robb's Owen Archer series, even if the comparison is somewhat unfair. Margaret Kerr is not Owen Archer-- she is young and inexperienced, often jumps to conclusions too quickly, and makes hasty decisions putting quite a few people at risk. Her husband has gone missing in Edinburgh; her cousin-in-law who went off to find him comes back dead (and mutilated), so she sets off for Edinburgh ostensibly to figure out why. But really, Margaret's story is the story of why Scotland is at the brink of civil war with England. Cheekily put, A Trust Betrayed is Braveheart but starring a woman and with historical accuracy. Now I am not much of a fan of the mystery genre, but I go out of my way to find and read Robb's books. They go so far beyond genre conventions to tell true-to-life stories about people living in real historical events and settings. A Trust Betrayed succeeds in bringing Medieval Scotland to life much as the Owen Archer series brought York and Wales to life.
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  • Sydney
    January 1, 1970
    A historical mystery in 13th century Scotland, Candace Robb’s A Trust Betrayed, the first book in the Margaret Kerr series, is a hit. Candace’s book is full of secrets and suspense, leaving readers wondering what will happen next. With enticing characters and an intriguing story of a women who goes in search of her missing husband, readers will enjoy this thrilling tale in the first book in the Margaret Kerr series. I would recommend this novel to readers that thoroughly enjoy a book filled with A historical mystery in 13th century Scotland, Candace Robb’s A Trust Betrayed, the first book in the Margaret Kerr series, is a hit. Candace’s book is full of secrets and suspense, leaving readers wondering what will happen next. With enticing characters and an intriguing story of a women who goes in search of her missing husband, readers will enjoy this thrilling tale in the first book in the Margaret Kerr series. I would recommend this novel to readers that thoroughly enjoy a book filled with mystery and intrigue.Series: Margaret KerrGenre: historical; mystery; crime; European literature; Scotland; cultural; 13th centuryPublisher: Mysterious PressPublication date: October 26, 2000Number of pages: 255Other books in the series:2-The Fire in the Flint3-A Cruel CourtshipContent Rating: PG-13 (mystery and a bit of violence/crime)Book Rating: 4 starsA review copy of this book was provided by Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours.
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  • Sharon
    January 1, 1970
    This book is more of a 13th century political thriller than a mystery. I did not find the characters to be very well developed and in my opinion there was no real resolution at the end - probably because it is the first in the series. Still I felt disappointed.
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  • Patrizia
    January 1, 1970
    4 stelle e mezza
  • Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    I did enjoy the plot. This is the first book for this character, and I think she could develop to be as interesting as the Owen Archer character from this author, although at the moment her habit of jumping to conclusions is a little irritating. The only thing I found difficult about the book was the relentless 'dark' and damp weather, which may be a feature of this setting, but I did find depressing (as no doubt the characters would have done!!)
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  • Cassie
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book. It's the first in a series about a young bride in historical Scotland whose husband disappears and whose cousin-in-law is murdered. She leaves her quiet town to go searching for her husband.I anxiously awaited the sequels which my mom bought for me from a bookshop in England since they were not available in the states. I then devoured them both in a matter of days during my bedrest with the twins.
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  • Leslie Roper
    January 1, 1970
    I like medieval mysteries and this, the first of a long series, is particularly intriguing with a woman protagonist, Margaret Kerr. Having said that I had some mixed feelings about it until I got to the end, which is a cliff-hanger so I find myself wanting to know more of what happens to the characters. Thus I will seek out the 2nd volume.
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  • Lucy Barnhouse
    January 1, 1970
    I made it through this book, but it was a slog. I've enjoyed Robb's other series, but this book really didn't do it for me. Here as elsewhere, Robb's evocation of local and historical atmosphere is good. But the prose of this novel felt heavily expository, telling instead of showing all manner of emotions and motivations. Partway through the novel, I wondered whether it might have been better started in the middle; towards the end, I found myself thinking that it would have worked better as a se I made it through this book, but it was a slog. I've enjoyed Robb's other series, but this book really didn't do it for me. Here as elsewhere, Robb's evocation of local and historical atmosphere is good. But the prose of this novel felt heavily expository, telling instead of showing all manner of emotions and motivations. Partway through the novel, I wondered whether it might have been better started in the middle; towards the end, I found myself thinking that it would have worked better as a series of flashbacks or gradual revelations once we'd gotten to know and care about the characters by other means. I feel I should mention that the treatment of medieval medicine was good -- as I so rarely can say that about any historical fiction -- but I just couldn't get into either the emotional drama or the high politics that intertwine in this novel. I might give the second installment a try, because 1297 Edinburgh is (obviously) potentially explosive, but this book feels missable.
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  • C
    January 1, 1970
    Dark storyThis is a confusing and complex tale. No one is what he seems. The characters are not likeable and too many theads of the plot wander through the story.
  • Rannie
    January 1, 1970
    Neither enough history nor mystery for my taste
  • Angie Taylor
    January 1, 1970
    If you come to this book expecting something in the same vein as the wonderful Owen Archer books, expect to be disappointed. Margaret Kerr is not a female Owen; far from it. She is headstrong, over-emotional, sometimes breathtakingly naive and actually slightly irritating at times. However, if you can keep the faith and get through the first few painful attempts at mediaeval detective work, she does start to grow on you as her strength begins to come through and you start to realise that she has If you come to this book expecting something in the same vein as the wonderful Owen Archer books, expect to be disappointed. Margaret Kerr is not a female Owen; far from it. She is headstrong, over-emotional, sometimes breathtakingly naive and actually slightly irritating at times. However, if you can keep the faith and get through the first few painful attempts at mediaeval detective work, she does start to grow on you as her strength begins to come through and you start to realise that she has opinions beyond the pathetic little abandoned wife that she presents as initially. Candace Robb is not at fault here. The characterisation is apt for Margaret was never meant to be a female Owen and she does come in to her strength of character logically; it just takes some getting used to if you are an Archer fan like me. Having said that, the story is good though it doesn't really finish what it starts. I wanted to know more than I do: many loose ends remain untied which I suppose is meant to act as an incentive to read the next book. Whether the strategy works is, I suppose, a matter of choice. I'm guessing that I will read the next one though, to be honest, I am not heading straight for the book shelf as I tended to do when I had finished an Owen Archer. In short, it's not a bad book: well-written as we'd expect and interesting but my advice would be read it before you read the Owen Archer series. That way you might give it a fairer assessment than I probably have.
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  • weaverannie
    January 1, 1970
    Een aantal jaren las ik een paar boeken van Candace Robb en had daarvan onthouden, dat ze in de middeleeuwen speelden en dat ik ze met plezier had gelezen. Nu vond ik een e-boek van dezelfde schrijfster, maar van een andere serie. Het is te lang geleden om te vergelijken, of ik deze serie even goed kan waarderen als de delen van de andere die ik las, maar in elk geval las het snel, het verhaal was boeiend, er stonden veel historische wetenswaardigheden in, die nieuw voor me waren en die aan het Een aantal jaren las ik een paar boeken van Candace Robb en had daarvan onthouden, dat ze in de middeleeuwen speelden en dat ik ze met plezier had gelezen. Nu vond ik een e-boek van dezelfde schrijfster, maar van een andere serie. Het is te lang geleden om te vergelijken, of ik deze serie even goed kan waarderen als de delen van de andere die ik las, maar in elk geval las het snel, het verhaal was boeiend, er stonden veel historische wetenswaardigheden in, die nieuw voor me waren en die aan het eind nog eens werden beschreven, voor het geval de lezer nog wat achtergrondgegevens nodig mocht hebben.Het verhaal speel in Schotland, aan het eind van de 13e eeuw (1296). Er is een strijd aan de gang tussen de aanhangers van de Schotse koning en die van een pretendent. De Engelse koning is te hulp geroepen, maar wil zelf ook wel meer macht en treedt wreed op. Niemand is te vertrouwen, moorden volgen elkaar snel op.Margareth Kerr, hoofdpersoon in deze serie, zoekt haar man, die al lang verdwenen lijkt. Ze heeft steun aan haar zaakwaarnemer, neef van haar man, maar als die dood naar huis wordt gebracht, gaat ze op onderzoek uit.Het spoor leidt naar een weefster. Niemand wil echter wat vertellen.Er wordt veel geweven en gesponnen in dit boek, wat ik als weefster en spinner zeer kon waarderen. Ook de spintollen en de kaartweefsels kwamen ter sprake. Dat verhoogde mijn leesplezier.
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  • Jules
    January 1, 1970
    I've been a Candace Robb fan for years. I appreciate the chance to review this series although I'm not really sure what I was expecting. I knew this was a completely different series, but I think it is very unfortunate that fans of Ms. Robb's blockbuster Owen Archer series (such as myself) immediately compare Margaret Kerr to Owen - without meaning to. It's hard not to expect this new protagonist to be just like him and to be engaged with her right away. She is truly her own person in her own ne I've been a Candace Robb fan for years. I appreciate the chance to review this series although I'm not really sure what I was expecting. I knew this was a completely different series, but I think it is very unfortunate that fans of Ms. Robb's blockbuster Owen Archer series (such as myself) immediately compare Margaret Kerr to Owen - without meaning to. It's hard not to expect this new protagonist to be just like him and to be engaged with her right away. She is truly her own person in her own new kettle of fish. Admittedly, Margaret is hard to become attached to - in the beginning. She is a bit of a pain and I didn't gel with her "woe is me" aura. BUT, as the story progresses and she starts showing what she's actually made of, I got to like her. (I'm reading the 2nd book now and I can definitely say that I'm liking her more and more all the time.) The storyline continues to build and I'm enjoying this series. I think readers need to stay with her and she'll become beloved too.I think any fan of historical fiction and her writing, knows that Candace Robb is a master at bringing history to life for us. Medieval Scotland is one of my favorite time periods to read about. The obvious extensive and meticulous research she does shines through in her stories.
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  • Busybee
    January 1, 1970
    Margaret Kerr’s husband is missing, and his cousin has been murdered. It is 1297, and war is spreading between the English and the Scots. Margaret travels to Edinburgh, hoping to learn something of her husband’s whereabouts and her kinsman's death. Edinburgh is occupied by the English forces, and Margaret must tread carefully to avoid trouble with the English as well as with supporters of the two rivals for the Scottish throne. In this first book in a series, author Candace Robb has painted a vi Margaret Kerr’s husband is missing, and his cousin has been murdered. It is 1297, and war is spreading between the English and the Scots. Margaret travels to Edinburgh, hoping to learn something of her husband’s whereabouts and her kinsman's death. Edinburgh is occupied by the English forces, and Margaret must tread carefully to avoid trouble with the English as well as with supporters of the two rivals for the Scottish throne. In this first book in a series, author Candace Robb has painted a vivid picture of 13th century Edinburgh; the damp bone-chilling cold, the dim dirt-floored homes, and the treacherous streets. The characters are interesting and believable; I hope they are fleshed out a bit more in later books. The book was an enjoyable and quick read, although I had the feeling that it was written in order to give a back story to the other books in the series.
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  • Heather
    January 1, 1970
    It's set in medieval Scotland with a female protagonist, Margaret Kerr. It wasn't as satisfying as her Owen Archer novels and was obviously written as the first in a series because some prophecies of Margaret's mother, now retired to a convent, are left unresolved. Having a mystic was a nice element. I was annoyed at how the main character seemed to misjudge other people in the story, though. I wasn't sure if this was because of her youth and inexperience or if the reader was supposed to agree w It's set in medieval Scotland with a female protagonist, Margaret Kerr. It wasn't as satisfying as her Owen Archer novels and was obviously written as the first in a series because some prophecies of Margaret's mother, now retired to a convent, are left unresolved. Having a mystic was a nice element. I was annoyed at how the main character seemed to misjudge other people in the story, though. I wasn't sure if this was because of her youth and inexperience or if the reader was supposed to agree with her. Maybe I'll read the sequel and give her a shot to grow on me.
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  • Margit
    January 1, 1970
    This book starts a new series for Ms. Robb based on the character of Margaret of Perth set in 13th century Scotland. The book is classified as a mystery, but I really didn't find it to be much of one. I thought it more a political and historical set up for this new series. Nonetheless, I thought it was a quick, light, entertaining read espcially if you are a history buff. In an afterward, Ms. Robb includes some information I found interesting - William Wallace did not support Robert Bruce but th This book starts a new series for Ms. Robb based on the character of Margaret of Perth set in 13th century Scotland. The book is classified as a mystery, but I really didn't find it to be much of one. I thought it more a political and historical set up for this new series. Nonetheless, I thought it was a quick, light, entertaining read espcially if you are a history buff. In an afterward, Ms. Robb includes some information I found interesting - William Wallace did not support Robert Bruce but the reigning King of Scotland, John Balliol.
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  • Lys
    January 1, 1970
    Mi aspettavo molto meglio dalla nuova serie di Candace Robb.La trama e i protagonisti non sono da buttare, ma non spiccano nemmeno né per originalità né per profonde caratterizzazioni.Vero punto debole del libro è la scrittura, forse più colpa della traduzione che dell'autrice: pesante, lenta, con tempi verbali confusi. Il ritmo della narrazione ne esce profondamente spezzettato e nel complesso mai è riuscito a catturare in pieno la mia attenzione.
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  • Argum
    January 1, 1970
    Margaret Kerr has a missing husband and his cousin who went looking for him is just brought home dead. This is during the time of Robert the Bruce and England trying to take over the Scottish throne so life is rather unsettled in the backdrop to the series. No one is telling her the whole truth so she sets out to do it herself. The book kind of just ends, reads more of an installment than self contained. I liked Margaret but seems less realistic than Owen Archer series.
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  • Lisa Rathbun
    January 1, 1970
    This didn't really do it for me. The plot moved slowly. As far as style, sometimes connecting or transitioning sentences seemed to be missing, making an action scene seem "bare bones" and at times even unclear as to what was actually happening. I much prefer the Brother Cadfael series for historic mysteries (although set in a different time period).
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  • Kathy
    January 1, 1970
    2.5 stars perhaps? I took this for a test ride and will not follow on with further books in the series. There is far too much emotionally-based action vs logical. Since that generally falls into assumptions on female characteristics, this book did not succeed in holding my interest. There are many better books portraying Scots and struggles during time of "Edward Longshanks."
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  • Nancy McLaughlin
    January 1, 1970
    Atmospheric readingThe author is so skilled in setting the scene, the mood of this book that I felt a growing sense of unease as the character, Margaret, faced each revelation. The cold rain & biting wind in the book was so real that I was surprised to look out & see sunshine! The political environment was as skillfully portrayed.
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  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    Years ago I read many of the Owen Archer books and enjoyed them greatly. I sought out Robb's work again because I wanted more well written historical fiction with a touch of mystery. I liked this book well enough, but didn't find it as enthralling as the Owen Archer books. I will give the second book in the series a try though and see what Margaret Kerr does next.
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  • Hafiza
    January 1, 1970
    I should have loved this : all my favorite ingredients :Scotland Historical mystery Female protagonist Possible hint of romance in future editions Overall the mystery was bleh and the heroine was really annoying Thankfully I read it for free using KU.
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  • Robert
    January 1, 1970
    Another book I have read before that I started to read again by mistake. I remember this as an interesting mystery story and I did like some of the descriptions but not enough to actually continue to read after I figured out that I actually did know this story already.
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  • Liisa
    January 1, 1970
    I have really enjoyed Candace Robb's Owen Archer series, but this new series surpasses it in intrigue and shady characters. I anxiously await the next installment -- I can't get enough of early Plantagenet history. :-)
  • Abcdarian
    January 1, 1970
    Much as I like the Owen Archer series, this was a poor start to the new series. For me its main fault was being very boring. I found all the characters unsympathetic and their actions unrealistic. The convoluted plot never did seem to get anywhere. Disappointing all round.
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  • Sharon
    January 1, 1970
    Good story with the details of life in Scotland during the time of King Edward "Longshanks". I like a well researched historical.
  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    Thoroughly enjoyed it, the historic content as well as feeling the anguish for the heroine, so much so I've been locating sequels of this story.
  • Jane
    January 1, 1970
    Blah. Such a disappointment after the Owen Archer novels. A slow paced narrative and a cast of characters I found hard to warm up to left me skimming the last third of the book.
  • Martha Kahn
    January 1, 1970
    This was not as good as most of Candace Robb's book, but I enjoyed it.
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