Synopses & Reviews
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.
"Authentic characters, and a credible plot...Essential for historical fans." --Library Journal
"A wonderful new voice...Suspenseful, historically accurate...with a wonderful cast of characters." --Charles de Lint, author of Dreams under Foot
On a dark, snowy night in 1363, Nicholas Wilton, Master Apothecary, delivers an herbal remedy to the Infirmary at St. Mary's Abbey. When the medicine proves fatal to the ward of the Lord Chancellor of England, Owen Archer, formerly Captain of Archers, is ordered to York to find out what happened. For his cover, Archer goes to work for Apothecary Wilton as an apprentice, and falls in love with the ambitious Lucie, Wilton's wife. As Archer unravels the complicated mystery, he is pained to find that Lucie must be considered one of the suspects. And when he learns at last the tragic history behind the murders, Archer is not at all sure how justice is to be served.
About the Author
Candace M. Robb,
author of The Apothecary rose, The Lady Chapel, The Nun's Tale, The King's Bishop,
and The Riddle of St. Leonard's,
lives with her family in Seattle, Washington, and makes frequent trips to England to research her novels. She writes full-time.