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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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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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on 27 August 2009
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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on 31 December 2006
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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on 8 November 2012
The Riddle Of St Leonard's: An Owen Archer Mystery (Owen Archer Mysteries 05)
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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on 16 March 2015
Read this story before, but bought this copy for a project for work.
Great medieval whodunnit which lets you absorb lots of interesting historical information. Particularly good for me because I work in York, where this mystery is set and many of the places and streets that the characters walk are still there today which brings the book to life in a very powerful way.
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on 6 December 2013
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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on 1 September 2012
Arrived well before time and was in excellent condition. Cannot comment on the story as I have not read it but these books are usually a good read. I have purchased from this seller bafore and have always had good service. highly recommended
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on 16 April 2013
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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on 22 April 2013
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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