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5.0 out of 5 starsA Look at "Jolly Olde England".
Reviewed in the United States on March 4, 2016
This is the fifth book in the Owen Archer series and I find myself liking each book more and more. The author has done a masterful job of researching the late 1300's and incorporating some of the real characters of that time period. There actually was a St. Leonard's in York at that time as well as Sir Richard de Ravenser and Archbishop Thoresby. The descriptions of the people, the area and the deadly plague that changed so many lives during the late 1300's is all very accurate, in fact, so vividly described that you can see and smell the filth and the death that happened. York, like so many other cities of that time, were neither beautiful, clean nor healthy places to live but it is such an interesting time, especially if you are a history buff. Anything medical was absolutely primitive with nothing more than herbs and what today would be called homeopathic ointments which were used to treat everything from stab wounds to the plague. How anybody survived is beyond me! Anyway, this is a fascinating, realistic and vivid read and I highly recommend it!
4.0 out of 5 starsBad things are afoot at St Lawrence hospital
Reviewed in the United States on July 24, 2015
Plague has returned. Bad things are afoot at St Lawrence hospital. The Archbishop lends Owen to his nephew to get to the bottom of the mess at the hospital. There are thefts and deaths of pensioners including Bess's uncle. There is also a small girl whose family has died that Magda and Owen are trying to take some care of despite her obstinacy. All these threads come together the motive is obscure but the bad guy seems likely almost from the start. Lots of character plot moving in this one setting up interesting things to come in the future
5.0 out of 5 starsWatch as history unfolds its self and enjoy the mysteries ...
Reviewed in the United States on August 14, 2016
I have to say that I'm enjoying the series and will read all the books. Some present a greater mystery than others. However read them for the people the author brings to life. Watch as history unfolds its self and enjoy the mysteries she weaves in between real events! As the books move on the characters become our friends. I really injoy the Author’s Notes at the end where we learn the parts that were real and how they fit into the story. It make learning history very interesting to me!
my goodreads review: This was well constructed with a good bit of historical research on how the public responded to the third visit of the plague in 1369. Favorite characters made their appearances along with a cast of bad actors behind murders and theft at St Leonard's. Owen again took advantage of help from Bess who had personal loss in the game while Lucie and Jasper kept very busy tending the apothecary creating and providing remedies.
5.0 out of 5 starsThe Owen Archer series continues to deliver. Another series ...
Reviewed in the United States on October 12, 2016
The Owen Archer series continues to deliver. Another series of murders during an outbreak of the plague complicate life for everyone. There seems to be a motive--money--but it goes deeper than that, of course.
Reviewed in the United States on December 26, 2020
I think I have read all the Own Archer series and liked them all. The characters are interesting and the plots complicated enough to keep me reading and are always satisfactory resolved. Candace Robb writes well, the stories flow.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 6, 2020
As usual there is an excellent setting of time and place when the plague was among the people, which had amazing parallels with covid 19. I think a ball of ambergris might be hard to find nowadays though!
A Really enjoyable book unfortunately for me I didn’t realise it was part of a series and this one was a few books in, I’ve rectified this by getting the first two and I’m really enjoying them. I think if you’re a fan of the thief catcher or seeker series you’ll like these.
Read this story before, but bought this copy for a project for work. Great medieval whodunnit which lets you absorb lots of interesting historical information. Particularly good for me because I work in York, where this mystery is set and many of the places and streets that the characters walk are still there today which brings the book to life in a very powerful way.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 18, 2016
One can always rely on owen archer to keep you turning the pages As a lover of the city of York, and a frequent visitor, it is easy to picture oneself in the medieval streets of the 14th century. A joy to read