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The Apothecary Rose (Owen Archer Series #1)
     

The Apothecary Rose (Owen Archer Series #1)

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by Candace Robb
 

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Once the king's captain of archers, now he must penetrate a poisoner's secrets...

Christmastide, 1363-and, at an abbey in York, two pilgrims die mysteriously dead of an herbal remedy. Suspicious, the Archbishop sends for Owen Archer, a Welshman with the charm of the devil, who's lost one eye to the wars in France and must make a new career as an honest

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Once the king's captain of archers, now he must penetrate a poisoner's secrets...

Christmastide, 1363-and, at an abbey in York, two pilgrims die mysteriously dead of an herbal remedy. Suspicious, the Archbishop sends for Owen Archer, a Welshman with the charm of the devil, who's lost one eye to the wars in France and must make a new career as an honest spy.

Masquerading as an apprentice to Apothecary Nicholas Wilton, whose shop dispensed the fatal potion, Owen's dark curls, leather eyepatch and gold earring intrigue Wilton's wife. But is this lovely woman a murderess? and what links the Wiltons to bumbling Brother Wulfstan, ascetic Archdeacon Anselm and his weaselly agent Potter Digby, and the ragged midwife Magda the Riverwoman? Answers as slippery as the frozen cobblestones draw Owen into a dangerous drama of old scandals and tragedies, obsession and unholy love...

The Apothecary Rose marks the arrival of a bold and quick-witted detective in this expertly detailed, engrossing tale of medieval life-and death.

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"Authentic characters, and a credible plot...Essential for historical fans." —Library Journal

"A wonderful new voice...Suspenseful, historically accurate...with a wonderful cast of characters." —Charles de Lint, author of Dreams under Foot

Wes Lukowsky
When Irish cop Maureen Sullivan is murdered in New York, where she had gone to search for her lost sister, the case becomes the personal crusade of Brian Donodio, who found the body. Donodio, the father of Maureen's friend Deirdre, a U.S. immigration agent also involved in the case, follows a trail that takes him from New York to Dublin to rural Ireland, where he uncovers a computer-based immigration-fraud scheme. This is a very light, very readable mystery. Brian is a curmudgeonly type, given to temper and a sharp tongue; his wit will wither an adversary and leave readers chuckling. It's clear that a series is planned with Brian as the amateur-sleuth hero. While his bumbling escapades work fine here, it's hard to know if they will strain credibility over time. How many murders can the father of an immigration officer stumble into? For now, this one's lots of fun.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312953607
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
09/15/1994
Series:
Owen Archer Series , #1
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
319
Product dimensions:
4.25(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.84(d)

Meet the Author

Candace M. Robb, author of The Apothecary rose, The Lady Chapel, The Nun's Tale, The King's Bishop, and The Riddle of St. Leonard's, lives with her family in Seattle, Washington, and makes frequent trips to England to research her novels. She writes full-time.

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The Apothecary Rose (Owen Archer Series #1) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful blend of history and mystery. Kept me reading all through the night. Lots of twists and turns.
Melisan More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable reading with enough historical details thrown in to feel authentic. The characters are complicated enough to show this author spends as much time in character development as she does in historical sleuthing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1297 Scotland, Margaret already shocked by her husband Roger Sinclair not returning home from a trip to Edinburgh five months ago is further stunned. Roger¿s cousin Jack, who went in search of his missing relative, has just returned home in a shroud. Jack allegedly died in a barroom brawl. Upon inspecting the corpse, Margaret realizes that someone deliberately and viciously murdered Jack. Unable to sit and wait any longer, Margaret travels to Edinburgh in search of her spouse and Jack¿s killer. She will soon learn why no one including relatives and her husband wants Margaret in the city, let alone her investigating a murder.

Readers can trust that Candace Robb will never betray their belief in the quality of her historical novels. Her latest tale is a historical mystery that is enriched with a strong feel of the era. The story line is exciting as the intrepid Margaret conducts her amateur sleuthing over the objections of seemingly everyone. A TRUST BETRAYED is hopefully the beginning of a new series from one of the better authors of medieval tales (see the Owen Archer novels for wonderful fifteenth century period mysteries).

Harriet Klausner