The First Owen Archer Mystery
The compelling first novel in the acclaimed Owen Archer Series
It is the year of our Lord 1363. And in the cathedral city of York people are dying in mysterious circumstances. But there seems to be a common thread - the herbal remedies dispensed by Nicholas Wilton, Master Apothecary. The first victim is an anonymous pilgrim. But when a highborn nobleman dies after taking the same potion the authorities decide to act.
Dispatched to York, in disguise, to unravel the mystery, Owen Archer, former Captain of Archers, apprentices himself to the Apothecary. But it is from Wilton's beautiful wife Lucie that he must learn the arcane secrets of the trade. Slowly but surely Owen begins to uncover the truth. And when the deaths continue he realises to his horror he must count Lucie among the suspects.
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“Enthralling and evocative ... Candace Robb recreates medieval York with ease”
Yorkshire Evening Press
“Authentic characters, and a credible plot...Essential for historical fans”
“A wonderful new voice...Suspenseful, historically accurate...with a wonderful cast of characters”
Charles de Lint, author of 'Dreams under Foot'