Candace Robb Books In Order

Owen Archer Books In Publication Order

  1. The Apothecary Rose (1993)
  2. The Nun’s Tale (1993)
  3. The Lady Chapel (1994)
  4. The King’s Bishop (1996)
  5. The Riddle of St. Leonard’s (1997)
  6. A Gift of Sanctuary (1998)
  7. A Spy for the Redeemer (1999)
  8. The Cross-Legged Knight (2002)
  9. The Guilt of Innocents (2007)
  10. A Vigil of Spies (2008)
  11. The Bone Jar (2016)
  12. A Conspiracy of Wolves (2019)
  13. A Choir of Crows (2020)
  14. The Riverwoman’s Dragon (2021)

Margaret Kerr Books In Publication Order

  1. A Trust Betrayed (2000)
  2. The Fire in the Flint (2003)
  3. A Cruel Courtship (2005)

Kate Clifford Books In Publication Order

  1. The Service of the Dead (2016)
  2. A Twisted Vengeance (2017)
  3. A Murdered Peace (2018)

Standalone Novels In Publication Order

  1. The King’s Mistress (2009)
  2. A Triple Knot (2014)

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Candace Robb Books Overview

The Apothecary Rose

Once the king’s captain of archers, now he must penetrate a poisoner’s secrets…
Christmastide, 1363 and, at an abbey in York, two pilgrims die mysteriously dead of an herbal remedy. Suspicious, the Archbishop sends for Owen Archer, a Welshman with the charm of the devil, who’s lost one eye to the wars in France and must make a new career as an honest spy. Masquerading as an apprentice to Apothecary Nicholas Wilton, whose shop dispensed the fatal potion, Owen’s dark curls, leather eyepatch and gold earring intrigue Wilton’s wife. But is this lovely woman a murderess? and what links the Wiltons to bumbling Brother Wulfstan, ascetic Archdeacon Anselm and his weaselly agent Potter Digby, and the ragged midwife Magda the Riverwoman? Answers as slippery as the frozen cobblestones draw Owen into a dangerous drama of old scandals and tragedies, obsession and unholy love…
The Apothecary Rose marks the arrival of a bold and quick witted detective in this expertly detailed, engrossing tale of medieval life and death.

The Nun’s Tale

When a young nun dies of a fever in the town of Beverley in the summer of 1365, she is buried quickly for fear of the plague. But one year later, a woman appears, talking of relic trading and miracles. She claims to be the dead nun resurrected. Murder follows swiftly in her wake, and the worried Archbishop of York asks Owen Archer to investigate. Travelling to Leeds and Scarborough to unearth clues, Owen finds only a trail of corpses, until a meeting with Geoffrey Chaucer, spy for King Edward, links the nun with mercenary soldiers and the powerful Percy family. Meanwhile, in York, the apothecary Lucie Wilton has won the mysterious woman’s confidence. But the troubled secrets which start to emerge will endanger them all…

The Lady Chapel

Owen Archer, the intriguing Welsch archer turned sleuth, is back in another riveting challenge to Ellis Peters!High summer, 1365 and York is glorious with pageantry for the Feast of Corpus Christi. But wool merchant Will Crounce, who acts in ‘The Last Judgement,’ meets his maker all too soon, his throat slit in the shadow of the great cathedral. When Crounce’s severed hand is found in fellow merchant Gilbert Ridley’s tavern lodging, the Archbishop calls in Own Archer. To unravel a second murder, and the grisly warning of another severed hand, Owen will need his sharp mind, his bow and arrows, and even his wife Lucie’s apothecary skills. For soon he will be drawn into a tangle of greed, treachery, and passion that runs from Ridley and the wool trade all the way to the royal court.

The King’s Bishop

From the murky Thames to the misty Moors of the North, murder stalks Welsh soldier sleuth Owen Archer and his dearest friend…

It is 1367. When Sir William of Wyndesore’s page is found drowned in the icy Windsor Castle moat, some say he was done away with by Ned Townley soldier, spy, and jealous lover, But Ned’s struggle to prove his innocence to his ladylove, Mary, is thwarted by his abrupt dispatch to Yorkshire on a royal mission.

Soon an unseen hand speeds Mary to a watery grave, while hot tempered Ned vanishes in the northern wilds. And Archer, his old comrade in arms, must pursue him through a tangle of threats and butchered corpses, to save his life…
or to bring him to justice. Owen, with his one sound eye, can see more than most with two, but what the bold ex archer spies with the help of his apothecary wife Lucie will enmesh him and his friend in the dark and bloody intrigues of Church, crown, and court.

The Riddle of St. Leonard’s

This story is set in Anno Domini 1369. The much loved Queen Philippa lies dying at Windsor, and the plague has returned to the city of York. In an atmosphere of fear and superstition, rumours spread that a spate of deaths at St Leonard’s Hospital in York is no accident. The hospital is in debt and has suffered thefts: Sir Richard de Ravenser, Master of the Hospital, returns from Winchester painfully aware that scandal could ruin his own career. Anxious to avert a crisis, he requests the services of Owen Archer, spy for the Archbishop. With plague rife and the city’s inhabitants besieging his wife, the Apothecary, for new cures, Owen Archer is unwilling to become involved. There is too little to link the victims to each other: the riddle seems unsolvable. But careful enquiries reveal a further riddle, connected to one of the victims. Is this where the truth lies?

A Gift of Sanctuary

Mayhem and miracles in Wales beckon Owen Archer back to his roots…
and to a ruthless killer. In the wet spring of 1370, a time of political unrest, a murdered man is left outside the gates of St. David’s, Wales. Not far away, a wounded stranger, drenched in blood not all of it his own is carried to sanctuary by a wandering bard. And a mystery linked to warring passions for a woman and a nation begins for Owen Archer. Owen, leaving his family behind, has undertaken a holy pilgrimage to Wales with his ailing father in law and his friend Geoffrey Chaucer and has agreed to carry out a mission for the English king. But he is unexpectedly moved by his return to his native land. And when asked to investigate the killing at St. David’s, Owen sharp at discerning truth from falsehood begins to see the momentous import of a fugitive shrouded in secrecy, a lady betrayed by love, and the ties binding a man’s soul…
that tighten to torment his heart.

A Spy for the Redeemer

ne eyed spy Owen Archer returns in a new novel in this seventh installment in Candace Robbs highly acclaimed medieval mystery series. Late spring, 1370. Owen Archer, ex soldier and spy, prepares to depart Wales after completing political duties for John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster. But his attempts to arrange safe passage are thwarted when his stonemason is hanged. Meanwhile, in York, Owens wife, Lucie Wilton, is disheartened by her husbands long absence and the rumors that he has abandoned his family. Equally angered is John Thoresby, Archbishop of York, who orders Owens immediate return. But Owen is caught up in a country at war, and his return has engendered divided loyalties. Now he feels a powerful pull toward the rebel cause. And rebel leader Owain Lawgoch would rather have Owen fight the good fight with himand never return home.

The Cross-Legged Knight

Owen Archer has little taste for feuds between powerful men now that his wife, Lucie, has lost the child she carried and seems to lose her will to live as well. Yet Owen cannot ignore the recent arrival of William of Wykeham, bishop of Winchester. For one thing, the bishop believes someone is trying to kill him, and Owen is given the job of keeping him safe. Wykeham has good reason to worry. The family of a local knight blames him for the nobleman’s death in a French dungeon despite their offers of ransom. Trying to make amends, Wykeham brings the heart of ‘the cross legged knight’ home for burial. But the family is not appeased, and the pompous churchman is not in York a fortnight before fire engulfs his town house. The bishop survives unharmed, but a servant is badly burned and a mysterious woman lies murdered among the ruins. Now caring for the wounded man in their own home, Lucie battles her inner demons while Owen fears a web of intrigue is entangling them all in the schemes of knights, bishops, even kings. His only hope is to set a trap so cunning that the killer no matter how important a personage cannot escape.

A Trust Betrayed

It is the spring of 1297, and young wife Margaret Kerr is desperately afraid. Her merchant husband Roger has been missing since Martinmas. Has he been caught up in the swelling rebellion against the English? Is he even alive? Jack Sinclair, her husband’s cousin and factor, has pledged to try to locate Roger in the city. When he is found stabbed to death, Margaret resolves she must ride to Edinburgh herself to uncover the truth. But Scotland is a country at war, Edinburgh an occupied city. With English soldiers patrolling the streets, it is no place for a woman alone. Margaret’s mission is frowned upon, her arrival at her uncle’s tavern unwelcome. And when she starts to ask questions she finds a city rife with closely guarded secrets and dangerous loyalties. Soon violence erupts outside the tavern and there is murder on their doorstep. Margaret discovers how little she had known either of Roger or Jack…

The Fire in the Flint

It is Edinburgh, 1297. Margaret Kerr, fiercely loyal to the deposed king John Balliol, has come in search of her absent husband Roger a man in the service of Balliol’s enemy Robert the Bruce. But terrifying raids and a brutal murder bring the wrath of the English to Margaret’s door. Roger’s sudden disappearance enables Margaret to escape from the city, but she soon suspects that his new found concern is nothing more than a charade. And then, her father returns from Bruges, bringing trouble and discord in his wake. What was it the raiders sought from Margaret’s property? And what of her mother’s visions, which all sides are keen to interpret? Who can Margaret really trust in these troubled times…

A Cruel Courtship

It is Scotland, 1297. In the weeks leading up to the Battle of Stirling Bridge, Margaret Kerr takes up residence in Stirling town. She has come to discover why the informer who has been providing Wallace and Murray with details of the English plans has become unreliable. Although fearful that she may have inherited her mother’s visionary gift and curse, and estranged from her husband, Roger, she is as determined as ever to play her part in saving Scotland from the hammer of Edward Longshanks King of England and would be King of the Scots. She has accepted the undertaking at the request of James Comyn, kinsman of the deposed Scottish king, John Balliol. It is an important and difficult mission, for he who holds Stirling Castle holds Scotland, and with fresh English recruits marching forth, a battle for the castle is imminent. But Margaret’s loyalty to the cause is severely tested when Roger is killed. Now, her spying role is doubly dangerous…

The King’s Mistress

History has not been kind to Alice Perrers, the notorious mistress of King Edward III. Scholars and contemporaries alike have deemed her a manipulative woman who used her great beauty and sensuality to take advantage of an aging and increasingly senile king. But who was the woman behind the scandal? A cold hearted opportunist or someone fighting for her very survival?Like most girls of her era Alice is taught obedience in all things. At the age of fourteen she marries the man her father chooses for her, dutifully accepting the cost of being torn from the family she holds so dear and losing the love of her mother forever. Despite these heartbreaks Alice finds that merchant Janyn Perrers is a good and loving husband and the two settle into a happy life together. Their bliss is short lived, however, unraveled the dark day a messenger appears at Alice’s door and notifies her of Janyn’s sudden disappearance. In the wake of this tragedy, Alice learns that her husband kept many dangerous secrets secrets that result in a price on her own head and that of her beloved daughter. Her only chance to survive lies in the protection of King Edward and Queen Philippa, but she therefore must live at court as a virtual prisoner. When she is singled out by the king for more than just royal patronage, the stakes are raised. Disobeying Edward is not an option, not when her family is at risk, but the court is full of ambitious men and women, many of whom will stop at nothing to see her fall fron grace. The whispers and gossip abound, isolating Alice, who finds unexpected solace in her love for the king. Emma Campion paints a colorful and thrilling portrait of the court of Edward III with all of its extravagance, scandalous love affairs, political machinations, and murder and the devastating results of being singled out by the royal family. At the center of the storm is Alice, surviving by her wits in this dangerous world where the choices are not always of her own making. Emma Campion’s dazzling novel shows that there is always another side to the story.

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