Blurb: 1374. When a member of one of York’s most prominent families is found dead in the woods, his throat torn out, rumours spread like wildfire that wolves are running loose throughout the city. Persuaded to investigate by the victim’s father, Owen Archer is convinced that a human killer is responsible. But before he can gather sufficient evidence to prove his case, a second body is discovered, stabbed to death. Is there a connection? What secrets are contained within the victim’s household? And what does apprentice healer Alisoun know that she’s not telling? Teaming up with Geoffrey Chaucer, who is in York on a secret mission on behalf of Prince Edward, Owen’s enquiries will draw him headlong into a deadly conspiracy.
My Review: I love historical crime fiction so this book sounded right up my street when I got the opportunity to review it. This book is packed with detail and twists and turns that kept me guessing till the end. Purely coincidencentally my historical fiction is usually set in London so it was really interesting to explore York and the surrounding area in that time period.
While I did enjoy the story this is not the first book in the series and I feel that I would have got more depth from my reading had I read the other books first. However, I have discovered a series that I can now start exploring from book 1 which will keep me busy for a while. Definitely worth checking out if you, like me, love crime or historical crime.
About the author:
Candace Robb has read and researched medieval history for many years, having studied for a Ph.D. in Medieval & Anglo-Saxon Literature. She divides her time between Seattle and the UK, frequently visiting York to research the series. She is the author of ten previous Owen Archer mysteries and three Kate Clifford medieval mysteries.