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About the Book:
Print Length: 300 pages
Publisher: Diversion Books (July 26, 2015)
“Fascinating…crisp, evocative writing…. The tapestry here is rich and varied.”—CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER
Late spring in the year of our Lord 1370, and Owen Archer is anxious to leave Wales for home. His mission for the Duke of Lancaster complete, he attempts to arrange safe passage on a ship sailing for England, but the hanging of a stonemason interrupts his plans. On the surface it appears the young man was driven to suicide by a broken heart, but to Owen the signs all point to murder. As his investigation stretches on, however, Owen finds himself drawn into the influence of the leader of a Welsh rebellion whose manifesto speaks to his heart, and a choice is offered to him: join or die.
At home in York, Owen’s wife Lucie is troubled by rumors that her husband’s long absence is permanent, as well as threats by a customer who claims she was poisoned by a physic from the Wilton apothecary. Meanwhile, Lucie is tempted by the attentions of a friend’s steward, even as she uncovers a shattering betrayal in her own household.
About the Author:
Growing up, Candace Robb wanted to be a ballerina, tap dancer, folk singer, journalist—but on the day that she walked into Liz Armstrong’s undergraduate class on Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde, that all changed. A gifted teacher, lively, witty, always laughing even when cringing at a lazy response, Dr. Armstrong launched into the opening stanzas, and within a few lines Candace’s ears adjusted to the middle English—and she was hooked. Chaucer’s psychological study of the two lovers was a revelation to her. The next quarter was The Canterbury Tales. That clinched it. Candace went on to graduate work in medieval history and literature, and ever since she’s been engaged in bringing to life the rich culture of the period, from the arts to the politics. She is the internationally acclaimed author of thirteen crime novels featuring the sexy, brooding, clever Owen Archer, who solves crimes for John Thoresby, Archbishop of York and Lord Chancellor of England, and the young Margaret Kerr, searching for her missing husband and establishing her own role in a Scotland overrun by English soldiers. Candace is currently under contract with Pegasus Books for a new crime series set in 15th century York, the Kate Clifford mysteries, which will debut in 2016.
Writing as Emma Campion, Candace has published two historical novels about the women of the English court in the 14th century, A Triple Knot and The King’s Mistress.
Born in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Candace grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, and has lived most of her adult life in Seattle, Washington, which she loves for its combination of culture, natural beauty, and brooding weather so like Yorkshire, Wales, and Scotland, which she visits as often as possible. She has taught the art of writing the crime novel in the University of Washington’s certificate program, and offers workshops in writing the historical novel and in creating and plotting the crime series. Candace (and Emma) blog about writing and medieval topics at A Writer’s Retreat.
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Owen Archer is still in Wales at the start of this book. He was there thanks to John of Gaunt and the mystery he found in the previous book in the series, A Gift of Sanctuary. He’s been long from home and is really wanting to return to his love, Lucie and the (hopefully) quiet life they have together but that is just not to be. As he gets ready to leave a murder occurs and he is tasked with solving it. Owen is also feeling very comfortable back in the land of his birth – he hadn’t realized how much he’d missed it. To top everything off a rebel wanting to take Wales back from the King asks Owen to join his cause.
Back in York Lucie is having some troubles of her own as someone has accused her of a poisoning. Since Owen has been so long away and she has no idea when (or if for that matter) he is coming back she accepts the help of the widower next door. While that help is welcome it might just come with some strings she does not want. In addition the home of her birth has come under attack by some rather knowledgeable thieves. She has her hands full!
These two stories happen completely separate from each other. One could almost forget that Owen and Lucie are married! But we know they are and despite the rumors being spread about her, Lucie is true to her absent husband. Their tales do eventually come together but it is not until very late in the book. There is a LOT going on in these 300 pages. It’s almost like two books in one. I have to admit that I was happy to have Owen and Lucie back together again. I’m enjoying these books.
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