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"Robb paints a vivid canvas of a time when courage and chivalry combined" (Choice magazine)
"Ellis Peters has a cohort of pretenders snapping at her heels ... most impressive of the bunch is Candace Robb. A definite tip for tomorrow" (Time Out) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
The eighth novel in the highly acclaimed series of medieval mysteries featuring the one-eyed spy Owen Archer --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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Candace Robb brings her characters to life with such an intensity that you come to know them as well as your own friends and really care what happens to them, as well as bringing to life vividly the medieval world they live in so well that you can really imagine being there and experiencing how they lived their lives.
On top of that she is an excellent storyteller, from the very start you are caught up in the world of Owen Archer and his friends, family and enemies and once started it is very difficult to put the book down until you reach the end, and then you want more.
As well as telling a good story, Robb incorporates actual historical facts into the books, so the reader will always go away knowing a lot more about the medieval period and how people lived and earned their livings, as well as including an explanation at the end of any details she feels you may need more information on.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys crime and mystery stories, particularly when set in another era.
Owen Archer the lead character in the book 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. [...]
Owen Archer the lead character in the book 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 am interested in this period of English history and the author's authenticity cannot be questioned, plus her excellent story telling is spellbinding. I love these books and can recommend them to new readers. Unfortunately there has not been a new one in the Owen Archer series for some time.
neither the author nor the character seems to be slowing down.
Archer, the trusted one-eyed spy for the Archbishop of York, is once again thrust into the
maelstrom of deadly struggles between the Lancasters and the Church. What is a spy,
married to York’s only female apothecary, to do?
Whatever direction he choose, he’s bound to find a puzzle. For one, the Bishop of
Wakefield has created a situation that could plunge the country into a civil war. Through
the bishop’s apparent bungling, a trusted friend to King Edward III and knight of the
realm has been captured by the French and before a ransom could be negotiated, he dies in
prison. His widow, the Lady Pagnell, holds the bishop fully responsible and wishes to
extract her own pound of flesh (to borrow from Shakespeare some two hundred years
While in York to try to smooth things over with the Pagnell family, the bishop finds his
own life in danger. Coupled with what appears to be attempts to assassinate him, murder
is discovered when a fire goes up in flames, leaving the victim inside. Thus, Owen Archer’s
sleuthing skills are called in. Owen’s wife Lucy, the co-protagonists of Robb’s series, has
recently had a miscarriage and her recovery, both mentally and physically, is taking its toll
on the Archer household. The woman murdered had been responsible for helping Lucy in
her recovery and both Lucy and Owen feel driven to find her murderer.
And, of course, the hunt is afoot and with Robb’s usual good skill, York is eventually given
the solution.Read more ›
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The book arrived before expected and was in excellent condition, just as described. I will enjoy reading it.Published 17 months ago by Pat