Any time I’m given the opportunity to read a book by Candace Robb I’m happy. I am really enjoying this Kate Clifford series and it continues in A Twisted Vengeance which I was sent at no cost to review as part of a blog tour with Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours.
About A Twisted Vengeance:
Publication Date: May 9, 2017
Hardcover; 400 Pages
Series: Kate Clifford Mysteries, Book Two
As the fourteenth century comes to a close, York seethes on the brink of civil war―and young widow Kate Clifford, struggling to keep her businesses afloat, realizes that her mother is harboring a dangerous secret…
1399. York is preparing for civil war, teeming with knights and their armed retainers summoned for the city’s defense. Henry of Lancaster is rumored to have landed on the northeast coast of England, not so far from York, intent on reclaiming his inheritance―an inheritance which his cousin, King Richard, has declared forfeit.
With the city unsettled and rife with rumors, Eleanor Clifford’s abrupt return to York upon the mysterious death of her husband in Strasbourg is met with suspicion in the city. Her daughter Kate is determined to keep her distance, but it will not be easy―Eleanor has settled next door with the intention of establishing a house of beguines, or poor sisters. When one of the beguines is set upon in the night by an intruder, Kate knows that for the sake of her own reputation and the safety of her young wards she must investigate.
From the first, Eleanor is clearly frightened yet maintains a stubborn silence. The brutal murder of one of Eleanor’s servants leads Kate to suspect that her mother’s troubles have followed her from Strasbourg. Is she secretly involved in the political upheaval? When one of her wards is frightened by a too-curious stranger, Kate is desperate to draw her mother out of her silence before tragedy strikes her own household.
About The Author:
Candace Robb did her graduate work in medieval literature and history, and has continued to study the period while working first as an editor of scientific publications and now for some years as a freelance writer. Candace has published 13 crime novels set in 14th century England, Wales, and Scotland. The Owen Archer series is based in York and currently extends over 10 novels beginning with THE APOTHECARY ROSE; the most recent is A VIGIL OF SPIES. The Margaret Kerr trilogy explores the early days of Scotland’s struggle again England’s King Edward I, and includes A TRUST BETRAYED, THE FIRE IN THE FLINT, and A CRUEL COURTSHIP.
Writing as Emma Campion, Candace has published historical novels about two fascinating women she encountered while researching the Owen Archer mysteries, Alice Perrers (THE KING’S MISTRESS) and Joan of Kent (A TRIPLE KNOT).
Candace was born in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, and has lived most of her adult life in Seattle, Washington, which she and her husband love for its combination of natural beauty and culture. Candace enjoys walking, hiking, and gardening, and practices yoga and vipassana meditation. She travels frequently to Great Britain.
This is the second book in the Kate Clifford series and I must admit that I really like this character. This second book picks up where the first book left off – our heroine is trying to keep her family save and to save enough money to pay off her deceased husband’s debts. Her mother had just returned to town with three beguines – holy women – and she was looking to reestablish a relationship with Kate. But Kate was very leery.
The politics of the time are dangerous and changeable and Kate just wants to live her life and run her boardinghouse but outside forces are making it difficult for her to stay out of the fray. Her family history is also getting in the way of her trying to live a quiet life.
Kate is a delightful character. She is quirky, strong willed and smart. She is stuck in a time that does not value her but she navigates it well. She has amassed a makeshift family of helpers and children that are starting to live well together and then her mother comes back to stir up trouble. She is, most of all, honorable.
The story here centers on her mother and her desire to set up a house for the holy women she has brought home with her. Kate knows there is more to her mother’s story but her mother is being very tight lipped. As the bodies keep falling and her mother continues to hold back information. The book moves along at a fast clip and the story is a good one. I read it in one sitting and I very much want to go back in history to visit with Kate again.
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Other Books by Candace Robb:
The Owen Archer Series
The 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 Guilt of Innocents
A Vigil of Spies