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Owen Archer Books are Always a Terrific Read,
This review is from: The Guilt of Innocents (Owen Archer Mysteries 09) (Paperback)
As I only live 20 miles from York where most of these books are set, I can perhaps visualise better than most the area of England the books take place in. Many of the streets of York mentioned in the books are still there and of the course so is the Minster.
The series started in 1993 with Apothecary Rose: The First Owen Archer Mystery. Owen Archer the lead character in the books is a Welsh longbow man who works for a high church dignitary and spends some of his spare time helping in his wife's apothecary shop. He is called upon by William of Wykeham, the Bishop of Winchester, to help him with a serious problem. I myself am interested in this period of English history and the author's authenticity cannot be questioned and her excellent story telling is spellbinding. I cannot recommend her books highly enough and I am always eager for the next offering.
The book takes place in the city of York in the year 1372. A man has drowned in a fight with some boys from St. Peter's School. It becomes apparent that his death was no accident, the man had been poisoned. The question is why would a poor river pilot be killed. Suspicion fall on the master of a small grammar school, Father Nicholas Ferriby. But is he a man of the cloth capable of murder? And if so why? OOwen Archerwen Archer is quickly informed of the death and his master, Thorseby reluctantly allows Archer to investigate the murder. When another man is found dead in the river and Owen and his son Jasper get near to solving the mystery they find that there lives are also in jeopardy and Owen is torn between solving the crime and being at his wife Lucy's side as she prepares to give birth to their third child.
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Initial post: 13 Feb 2009 18:46:30 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 3 May 2009 19:39:39 BDT
Roger Bradley says:
Perhaps this is how the tedious Mr Chippindale became a 'Top 50 Reviewer'. Apart from repeating his review several times, his reviews are generally just a repetition of the publishers' blurb.
In reply to an earlier post on 12 May 2009 19:46:56 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 13 May 2009 17:57:56 BDT
Not difficult. He's had 667 helpfuls year to date (i.e. after 133 days) which is about 5 a day, not really surprising given that his 2375 'reviews' are still alive and well.
Not that I'm counting....but I have no doubt that one or more of the Chippindales make significant contributions to my 'unhelpful' vote tally each and every day. Hope you're well, John - and regards to Helen, Jonathan and Daniel.
In reply to an earlier post on 14 May 2009 18:27:20 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 16 May 2009 17:28:38 BDT
Book Beaver says:
Well spotted & commented. Have you noticed that our current 'top reviewer' always gives a 5* rating for over 2700 items!!!
In reply to an earlier post on 17 May 2009 09:45:10 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 27 May 2009 13:14:00 BDT
Humpty Dumpty, you will have a feast with this. Just look here:-
I need say no more.
In reply to an earlier post on 27 May 2009 17:59:24 BDT
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