Friday, October 9, 2015

Book Review and Giveaway - The Apothecary Rose by Candace Robb

Book Synopsis

Print Length: 313 pages
Publisher: Diversion Books (July 28, 2015)

“Suspenseful, historically accurate, and blessed with a wonderful cast of characters, THE APOTHECARY ROSE is an absolute delight from start to finish…” — Charles de Lint, author of the Newford Series 

In the year of our Lord 1363, two suspicious deaths in the infirmary of St. Mary’s Abbey catch the attention of the powerful John Thoresby, Lord Chancellor of England and Archbishop of York. One victim is a pilgrim, while the second is Thoresby’s ne’er-do-well ward, both apparently poisoned by a physic supplied by Master Apothecary Nicholas Wilton. In the wake of these deaths, the archbishop dispatches one-eyed spy Owen Archer to York to find the murderer.

Under the guise of a disillusioned soldier keen to make a fresh start, Owen insinuates himself into Wilton’s apothecary as an apprentice. But he finds Wilton bedridden, with the shop being run by his lovely, enigmatic young wife, Lucie. As Owen unravels a tangled history of scandal and tragedy, he discovers at its center a desperate, forbidden love twisted over time into obsession. And the woman he has come to love is his prime suspect.

Lovingly detailed, beautifully written, THE APOTHECARY ROSE is a captivating and suspenseful tale of life, love, and death in medieval England.

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My Review 

I love historical fiction, and especially historical mysteries.  This is one of the first medieval mysteries I've read, and it was fascinating.   The Apothecary Rose is rich with historical detail.

Owen is a strong protagonist, and I enjoyed reading about the way he solved the mystery.   I also really liked the love story.  The apothecary setting was particularly interesting, and I felt I learned a bit about medieval life through the details in this book.

The storytelling was compelling.  The characters were well developed, dialogue moved the story along, and the mystery pacing was just right.

I look forward to reading more books in this series (there are 10 books!), and would recommend this mystery, and the Owen Archer series, to other fans of historical mysteries. 

New Releases by Candace Robb

The Guilt of Innocents:  The Owen Archer Series, Book 9 - on Amazon

A Vigil of Spies:  The Owen Archer Series, Book 10 - on Amazon

About Candace Robb


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 received a copy of this book from TLC Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. 

1 comment:

Heather J @ TLC Book Tours said...

I'm looking forward to reading this series - it's been quite a while since I've picked up a historical mystery!

Thanks for being a part of the tour.