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A conspiracy of wolves / Candace Robb.

By: Robb, Candace M.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Robb, Candace M. Owen Archer mystery: 11.Publisher: Sutton, England : Creme de la Crime, 2019Copyright date: ©2019Description: 241 pages ; 23 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781780291154 (hardback).Subject(s): Chaucer, Geoffrey, -1400 -- Fiction | Serial murder investigation -- Fiction | Conspiracies -- Fiction | Yorkshire (England) -- Fiction | Great Britain -- History -- Edward III, 1327-1377 -- FictionGenre/Form: Historical fiction. | Detective and mystery fiction.DDC classification: 823.92 Summary: 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.
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When a prominent citizen is murdered, former Captain of the Guard Owen Archer is persuaded out of retirement to investigate in this gripping medieval mystery.

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.

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.

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Library Journal Review

In the 11th entry in this English medieval mystery series (after 2008's Vigil of Spies), Captain of the Guard Owen Archer is grieving the recent deaths of his patron and his aunt. He must decide on his next posting: spy for Prince Edward or serve as Captain of the Bailiffs closer to home. On the road to his house in York, Owen is startled to come across the mauled body of Hoban Swann, a member of a prominent family in York. Fear grows in the village; some think wolves attacked Swann. But then more Swann family members are threatened. Dame Lucie, Owen's wife and a noted apothecary, works with local healers to save the victims as Owen investigates the attacks. VERDICT Robb easily conveys the intricacies of court politics and intrigue, allowing narrative space for relationships and humorous exchanges between characters to develop. It is not necessary to have read previous books in the series to appreciate this entry, as ample historical and character background are provided. Recommended for fans of other historical writers such as C.J. Sandsome, Ellis Peters, and Sharon Kay Penman.--Catherine Lantz, Univ. of Illinois at Chicago Lib.

Publishers Weekly Review

Set in 1374, Robb's atmospheric, if lumbering, 11th Owen Archer mystery (after 2008's A Vigil of Spies) opens with the arrival of injured merchant Crispin Poole at the house of healer Magda Digby in the city of York. Crispin tells Magda's apprentice, Alisoun Ffulford, who answers the door, that he was bitten by a "hell hound." Alisoun, who earlier heard dogs baying, treats Crispin's wounded arm with herbal remedies. Meanwhile, Owen Archer, a former captain of the guard, returns with his family to York, where he learns of the violent death of Hoban Swann, the coroner's son. Apparently, Hoban was attacked by dogs. A subsequent stabbing murder raises the stakes. Owen investigates the deaths, but he doesn't display exceptional ability. Newcomers will struggle to catch up on the backstories of the many characters, who are united in their reverence for Owen. Every man respects him; every woman finds him handsome. The more complex Alisoun, in her smaller role, raises the novel's energy whenever she appears. Fans of medieval historicals will be only partially satisfied. Agent: Jennifer Weltz, Jean V. Naggar Literary. (Aug.)

Booklist Review

Owen Archer returns in an all new medieval mystery set in York, firmly grounded in history, and shaped by intricately woven intrigue. The eleventh installment in Robb's series will be welcomed by fans of this former captain of the Royal Archers, student of apothecary, and, last but not least, master spy. Initially at loose ends after the death of his employer and benefactor, John Thoresby, Archbishop of York, it is not long before Owen is hot on the scent of solving the perplexing death of a local man seemingly ravaged by wolves. With his throat viciously torn out, it appears Hoban Swann, son of a prominent merchant, was the innocent victim of an animal attack, and panic begins to spread through the city. But Owen has other ideas, and it is not long before he concludes that Swann was indeed murdered. A multitude of new and old supporting characters, including poet Geoffrey Chaucer, Owen's wife, Dame Lucie, and apprentice healer Alisoun round out the delightful cast and contribute to the twists and turns of the compelling plot.--Margaret Flanagan Copyright 2019 Booklist

Kirkus Book Review

A man with a deep sense of justice and a passion for crime-solving must make a series of life-changing decisions.The year 1374 finds Owen Archer, former captain of the guard (A Vigil of Spies, 2015, etc.), still mourning the death of Archbishop Thoresby as he returns to York with his apothecary wife, Lucie Wilton; their family; and Geoffrey Chaucer, a spy for Prince Edward. Upon the road they meet Bartolf Swann, coroner of Galtres Forest, and Brother Michaelo, who was Thoresby's secretary. Swann begs them to find the killer of Hoban, the son he claims was savaged by dogs or wolves. Hoban's own dogs and horse are missing, and when Owen examines his body, he finds that although Hoban was indeed bitten, someone had cut his throat as well. Back in York, Owen is torn between the mayor, the aldermen, and merchants who want him to become captain of the city bailiffs and a more generous offer from Prince Edward, who's invited him to become a member of his household so that he can keep an eye on the powerful northern families who are enemies of the throne. While Owen ponders his choices, he seeks information from several people and comes to suspect that Alisoun Ffulford, apprentice to Magda Digby, midwife, healer, and wise woman, is holding something back. Soon after a mysterious man with a large dog is spotted in the city, Bartolf Swann is found murdered. Owen becomes convinced that the Swann, Tirwhit, and Braithwaite families are all connected not only by marriage, but by a dangerous secret from the past that may provide the motive for the murders in the present. Real-life historical figures mix with fictional characters in a portrait of a deeply dangerous time that Owen must navigate with care if he's to solve the murders and settle his own future.History and mystery combine in a fine, complex tale of love and hate. Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.