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5.0 out of 5 stars medeival england brought to life
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...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Sets the scene for future novels
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.
Published on 14 Dec 2000


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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
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This review is from: Apothecary Rose: The First Owen Archer Mystery (A Medieval Mystery) (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
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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
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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
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Sets the scene for future novels, 14 Dec 2000
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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
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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 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
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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 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
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J. Chippindale (England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Apothecary Rose: The First Owen Archer Mystery (A Medieval Mystery) (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 Apothecary Rose an Owen Archer mystery, 6 Jan 2014
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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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars in good nick, 6 Dec 2013
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This review is from: Apothecary Rose: The First Owen Archer Mystery (A Medieval Mystery) (Paperback)
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. i am on number 5 now and he has read one and two and now onto 3 once my mother has finished it!
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