Candace Robb is the author of two ongoing mystery series
featuring medieval sleuths, the
Margaret Kerr Mysteries
Owen Archer Mysteries
The setting for the latest in the Owen Archer Series,
Guilt of Innocents,
, is Winter 1372, York.
A man has drowned in the River Ouse after a skirmish with boys from St Peter's School. It soon becomes clear that his death was not an accident; but why would a humble pilot on the river be killed for possessing a young boy's purse? Suspicion falls on Father Nicholas Ferriby-Vicar of Weston and master of a small grammar school, who has already offended many with his unpopular beliefs. But is he really a murderer?
One-eyed spy, Owen Archer, Captain of Archbishop Thoresby's guard and noted for solving many crimes, is quickly brought to the scene by his adoptive son, Jasper. Clear that the pilot has been killed for more than a purse, an increasingly cantankerous Thoresby reluctantly agrees to let Owen investigate the man's murder. Torn between solving the crime and looking after his wife, Lucie, who is expecting their long-awaited third child, Owen is soon taken away from home. When another body is found in the river and Owen and Jasper get nearer to the truth, they find their own lives in jeopardy...
The Owen Archer mysteries (
Apothecary Rose, The Lady Chapel, The Nun's Tale, The King's Bishop, The Riddle
of St. Leonard's, A Gift of Sanctuary, A Spy for the Redeemer, The Cross Legged Knight, The Guilt of Innocents
and the short story
) are set in England in the late 14th century. Owen Archer is a spy
for John Thoresby, Archbishop of York and sometime Lord Chancellor of England.
Owen is ably assisted in his sleuthing by an ensemble of York residents who
include his wife, the Apothecary Lucie Wilton; Bess Merchet, proprietor of the
York Tavern; Magda Digby, midwife; and Brother Michaelo, the Archbishop's
secretary. There are more Owen Archer mysteries to come...
By clicking on the book covers below, you can read synopses of the books and find links to book sites selling the volumes.
English Medieval Mysteries, The Owen Archer Series
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