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About the Book:
“Robb continues to adeptly blend politics with period detail and three-dimensioned characterizations in the Owen Archer tales.” —PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
From the marshy Thames to the misty Yorkshire moors, murder stalks Welsh soldier-sleuth Owen Archer and one of his oldest friends.
On a snowy morning in 1367, Sir William of Wyndesore’s page is found in the icy moat of Windsor Castle, and some whisper that the murderer was Ned Townley—a former comrade-in-arms of Owen Archer. Burdened with a reputation as a notoriously jealous lover, Ned cannot hope to clear his name; even Mary, his ladylove, is unsure of the truth. Hoping to put Ned out of harm’s way while solving the murder, Owen places his friend in charge of a mission to Rievaulx Abbey at the edge of the moors. But when the travelers receive news of Mary’s drowning, Ned vanishes into the wild.
Riding out in search of his old friend, Owen does not know whether he will be Ned’s savior or executioner. With his one good eye, Owen sees more than most, but now he must find a way to penetrate the curtains of power that surround the Church and England’s royal court and discover the truth of Ned’s innocence or guilt…
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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I do think that reading a series of books one after an other is fun; a lot less frustrating than waiting and waiting for the next installment to come out. I remember that feeling with a number of authors. It’s nice when you start reading after the stories have come out – or most of them anyway. The King’s Bishop is the fourth Owen Archer book – I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the books so far and am looking forward to the rest in the series.
This installment has Owen on a mission for the King who wants to choose his own Bishop for Winchester but the Pope has other ideas. So Edward sends Owen off to drum up support for his candidate. But Owen’s friend Ned is in love with a lady in the household of the King’s mistress, Alice Perrers. This young lady, Mary is fond of a young man who turns up dead and soon so does Mary. All eyes turn to Ned as the perpetrator. Owen sets out to prove his innocence but as Ned run another body turns up and even Owen is having trouble believing in his innocence.
I think this is the best one yet! I have to note that I think Alice Perrers is an interesting woman so her presence in the book made it all the more so for me. While she is only an ancillary character I love the way that Ms. Robb weaves historical figures in with her fictional creations. They interact so seamlessly and the history just goes on. Owen is really coming into his own as a “detective” of sorts and I love his relationship with Lucie, his wife. This story is not as all wrapped up in a bow as the others but life is not always black and white. I truly appreciate the glossary and author’s note provided by the author. I can’t wait for the next book.
You can read my review of The Nun’s Tale
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