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Apothecary Rose: The First Owen Archer Mystery (A Medieval Mystery)
 
 

Apothecary Rose: The First Owen Archer Mystery (A Medieval Mystery) [Kindle Edition]

Candace Robb
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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"Ellis Peters has a cohort of pretenders snapping at her heels ... most impressive of the bunch is Candace Robb" (Time Out)

"Enthralling and evocative ... Candace Robb recreates medieval York with ease" (Yorkshire Evening Press)

"Authentic characters, and a credible plot...Essential for historical fans" (Library Journal)

"A wonderful new voice...Suspenseful, historically accurate...with a wonderful cast of characters" (Charles de Lint, author of 'Dreams under Foot')

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The compelling first novel in the acclaimed Owen Archer Series

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 552 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital; New Ed edition (30 April 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004URRV5Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #13,663 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars medeival england brought to life 6 Feb 2006
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
In the first of the Owen archer series Candace Robb brings medieval York to life.She paints such a vivid picture of life that you can almost smell the surroundings,and by the time that you are halfway through the book its characters almost feel like a member of the family.The book is an easy read but yet remains a fantastic murder mystery.Apothecary Rose not only leads you through the lives of an apothecary and his family but also mixes court life and that of the powerful archbishop of York.An excellant read and one that can be read time and time again as I do.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read ! 25 Oct 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Having just finished the "Warlord Chronicals" by Bernard Cornwell I was wondering if I could find another author that could captivate my imagination in the way that Cornwell did and, suprise,suprise Candace Robb surpassed my expectations, her books are interesting,well researched, with great story lines.I have since read all her books to date and none of them have slipped below the excellent standards she set in this the first. It really begs the question of how an American can produce an historical novel set in York,England in the 1360's with such Authority,can anybody recommend an author as good as Ms Robb for this sort of novel?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cadfael refined 9 Aug 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Robb has proved himself better than his obvious inspiration Ellis Peters, and repeatedly delivers books which verify his standards. Perhaps most importantly of all, the stories always function on several levels. The Apothecary Rose is no different. The ubiquitous murder-mystery is present, as is the romance novel, and elements of the historical novel.
I read the book two years, ago, but still occaisionally find parts of it in my thoughts now. Most importantly of all, for most readers, it shows that all important signature of a good novel; the temerity to order you not to discard it, but to keep reading (and hang everything else).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Most of the time gripping, but dull in places. 28 May 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I all in all enjoyed this book. I am a big history freak, so on the factual side, it was packed and very interesting. On the story line side of things, it was also pretty good. There was a very intriging murder mystery which got more compicated as time went on. I am not a fan of slushy romance so I was really dissappionted with the sickeningly soppy ending. It was a good book and for me the only thing that let it down was the ending!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sets the scene for future novels 14 Dec 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Sets the scene well for future books in the series which i rate highly. Set in York 14th century, our hero a retired soldier befriends an apothecary's wife and becomes a spy for the Archbishop. The scene is set well at the expense of the plot. Later books in the series benefit.
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5.0 out of 5 stars First in What became a Wonderful Series 22 Oct 2007
By J. Chippindale TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Candace Robb has read and researched medieval history for many years, having studied for a Ph.D. in Medieval and Anglo-Saxon Literature. She divides her time between Seattle and the UK, frequently spending time in Scotland and York to research her books.

York is very close to my own home and many of the places mentioned in the Owen Archer books are still there to be seen and of course Archbishop John Thorseby is mentioned in the records of York Minster. All this adds spice for me and helps me to picture the time and events that took place. This is the second novel in what is proving to be a captivating series.

It is the middle of the 14th century in England and in the city of York the people are dying under mysterious circumstances. There is a common thread to all of the deaths, they have all taken herbal remedies dispensed by Nicholas Wilton, whose apothecary shop lies in the shadow of York Minster, one of England's most beautiful offerings to the glory of God. Nicholas is a most respected apothecary, surely he would not make the mistakes that are proving fatal?

Owen Archer, one time Captain of a group of Welsh Archers, with a knack of being able to unravel mysteries is dispatched into York to try to get to the bottom of the mystery.
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5.0 out of 5 stars First Book in the Owen Archer Series 10 Oct 2007
By J. Chippindale TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Candace Robb has read and researched medieval history for many years, having studied for a Ph.D. in Medieval and Anglo-Saxon Literature. She divides her time between Seattle and the UK, frequently spending time in Scotland and York to research her books.

York is very close to my own home and many of the places mentioned in the Owen Archer books are still there to be seen and of course Archbishop John Thorseby is mentioned in the records of York Minster. All this adds spice for me and helps me to picture the time and events that took place. This is the second novel in what is proving to be a captivating series.

It is the middle of the 14th century in England and in the city of York the people are dying under mysterious circumstances. There is a common thread to all of the deaths, they have all taken herbal remedies dispensed by Nicholas Wilton, whose apothecary shop lies in the shadow of York Minster, one of England's most beautiful offerings to the glory of God. Nicholas is a most respected apothecary, surely he would not make the mistakes that are proving fatal?

Owen Archer, one time Captain of a group of Welsh Archers, with a knack of being able to unravel mysteries is dispatched into York to try to get to the bottom of the mystery.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First in the Owen Archer Series 9 Mar 2007
By J. Chippindale TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Candace Robb has read and researched medieval history for many years, having studied for a Ph.D. in Medieval and Anglo-Saxon Literature. She divides her time between Seattle and the UK, frequently spending time in Scotland and York to research her books.

York is very close to my own home and many of the places mentioned in the Owen Archer books are still there to be seen and of course Archbishop John Thorseby is mentioned in the records of York Minster. All this adds spice for me and helps me to picture the time and events that took place. This is the second novel in what is proving to be a captivating series.

It is the middle of the 14th century in England and in the city of York the people are dying under mysterious circumstances. There is a common thread to all of the deaths, they have all taken herbal remedies dispensed by Nicholas Wilton, whose apothecary shop lies in the shadow of York Minster, one of England's most beautiful offerings to the glory of God. Nicholas is a most respected apothecary, surely he would not make the mistakes that are proving fatal?

Owen Archer, one time Captain of a group of Welsh Archers, with a knack of being able to unravel mysteries is dispatched into York to try to get to the bottom of the mystery.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I like these books , hope thereare more
Published 22 days ago by J Logan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant book
Published 1 month ago by Eileen Bell
5.0 out of 5 stars Apothecary Rose an Owen Archer mystery
Set in 14th century York this is a believable mystery with lots of intrigue. The characters are well drawn and you care about them. Quite a delicious story. Glad there are more.
Published 8 months ago by catherine anderson
4.0 out of 5 stars in good nick
i started at number 2 because i got it in a local second hand book store. my partner demanded that i get the first one so he could read them consecutively from the very beginning. Read more
Published 9 months ago by N. Dungey
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
Excellent book as are all in this series. It was in excellent condition and arrived quickly.Candace Robb is a brilliant historian and brings life in those times alive.
Published 11 months ago by susan rainsforth
5.0 out of 5 stars Apothacary Rose
This is the beginning of a long journey for Owen Archer! It really does set the scene for the following mysteries and places the main characters who will feature in the series. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Terry
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed it but wouldnt rave about it
Candace Robb also writes as Emma Campion whose book, the King's Mistress I enjoyed greatly and have read twice. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Esther
3.0 out of 5 stars York is all its gore!
Really enjoyed the fact its set in York as that is my home town. A bit long for me and lots of a complicated names and had to keep going back and forth to make sense of things. Read more
Published 14 months ago by EmmaChops
5.0 out of 5 stars entertaining
an engaging, entertaining read. perhaps not the most suspenseful story ever, but considering its the first in a series, its a good introduction to the characters and the period,... Read more
Published 17 months ago by A. Farrow
5.0 out of 5 stars The start of an intriguing tale.
Once I began reading I needed to know how these characters fitted together. The story line is entertaining and draws you further into the lives of Owen and Lucie. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Sharon Richardson
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