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5.0 out of 5 stars Part of a Wonderful Medieval Series
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...
Published on 13 Oct 2007 by J. Chippindale

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3.0 out of 5 stars Medieaval Mayem
Owen Archer is called upon by his employer, the Archbishop of York, to assist the master of St Leonard's Hospital who is the Archbishop's nephew. There have been a number of suspicious deaths at the hospital and it looks as if someone is trying to reduce expenses by getting rid of incumbents. The year is 1369, York is experiencing plague and the queen is dying. The...
Published on 31 Dec 2006 by P.M. Wood


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5.0 out of 5 stars Part of a Wonderful Medieval Series, 13 Oct 2007
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J. Chippindale (England) - See all my reviews
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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 fourth novel in what is proving to be a captivating series.

The year is 1369. Edward is King of England and the much loved Queen Phillippa lies dying at Windsor. Night on 200 miles north in the city of York the harvest has failed and the plague has returned. In the heavy atmosphere and the fear from the plague superstition grips the citizen of York. Rumours are spreading that the spate of deaths at St. Leonard's hospital are no accident.

Several of the "corrodians," elderly people who have paid a sum of money to the hospital to care for them until their death have died in suspicious circumstances. There has also been a number of thefts from the hospital. Sir Richard de Ravenser, master of the Hospital is well aware than a scandal could ruin the hospital and his own reputation also.

Anxious to get to the bottom of the matter he calls on the services of Owen Archer, a man who is gaining a reputation as a solver of mysteries. Owen is unwilling to get involved as he has his hands full helping his wife in her apothecary shop, which is being besieged daily by the people of the city seeking cures and preventatives to keep them free of the plague.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Addition to a Great Medieval Series, 10 Oct 2007
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J. Chippindale (England) - See all my reviews
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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 fourth novel in what is proving to be a captivating series.

The year is 1369. Edward is King of England and the much loved Queen Phillippa lies dying at Windsor. Night on 200 miles north in the city of York the harvest has failed and the plague has returned. In the heavy atmosphere and the fear from the plague superstition grips the citizen of York. Rumours are spreading that the spate of deaths at St. Leonard's hospital are no accident.

Several of the "corrodians," elderly people who have paid a sum of money to the hospital to care for them until their death have died in suspicious circumstances. There has also been a number of thefts from the hospital. Sir Richard de Ravenser, master of the Hospital is well aware than a scandal could ruin the hospital and his own reputation also.

Anxious to get to the bottom of the matter he calls on the services of Owen Archer, a man who is gaining a reputation as a solver of mysteries. Owen is unwilling to get involved as he has his hands full helping his wife in her apothecary shop, which is being besieged daily by the people of the city seeking cures and preventatives to keep them free of the plague.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Historical crime novel, 27 Aug 2009
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S. Mitchell "smitch" (Coventry UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Riddle Of St Leonard's: An Owen Archer Mystery (Owen Archer Mysteries 05) (Paperback)
I managed to get the first in this series from our local book bus and I really enjoyed it. I'm not a historian - in fact I failed my GCSE History twice - but I love the detail of life in the middle ages and the books have made me want to find out more about places I like to vist.

Good books, not too deep but interesting.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Medieaval Mayem, 31 Dec 2006
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This review is from: The Riddle Of St Leonard's: An Owen Archer Mystery (Owen Archer Mysteries 05) (Paperback)
Owen Archer is called upon by his employer, the Archbishop of York, to assist the master of St Leonard's Hospital who is the Archbishop's nephew. There have been a number of suspicious deaths at the hospital and it looks as if someone is trying to reduce expenses by getting rid of incumbents. The year is 1369, York is experiencing plague and the queen is dying. The suspects seem to be either sisters, lay sisters or clerics on the staff but there have also been several robberies from the hospital and Archer must discover if the killings and thefts are related. Robb provides a detailed picture of York during the middle ages and gives her readers a thoroughly good tale.
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4.0 out of 5 stars in good nick and a good read, 6 Dec 2013
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on this one now - read the first 4 and had to order the next 4 - and in fact the whole 10. i am hooked. characters unfold and so do the riddles. not read like this for years. passing them on to my partner too. he reads faster, so i am under pressure now :-)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great read, 22 April 2013
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The intrigue of a medieval Royal Court and the workings of a monastery hospital at the time of the Black Death is the setting for a most addictive read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good historical mystery, 16 April 2013
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Always a good read and an enjoyable plot. Owen Archer mysteries give you a good peak into the history at that time and also keep you guessing. Not the best but still good.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Candace Robb, 7 Jan 2013
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Another book in the series based in York. Cannot comment on the content as I don't read them. Bought it for my daughter who enjoys them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it, 18 Nov 2012
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I love this era of murder mysteries and Candace Robb is one of my favourite authors, you can always rely on a "I can't put this down" story
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Riddle of St Leonards, 8 Nov 2012
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This is Owen Archer at his best! He doesn't want to be there, he doesn't want to do it, he misses his children; Jasper wants to help at the hospital with plague victims, Lucy is tired and struggling to cope with people wanting plague cures and to top it all Thorsby has job for Owen. A ripping good yarn! Anji
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