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Summer in the year of our Lord 1365. On the night after the Corpus Christi procession, a man is brutally murdered on the steps of York Minster. The next morning his severed hand is found in a room at the York Tavern - a room hastily vacated by a fellow guild member who had quarreled with the victim. Archbishop Thoresby calls on Owen Archer to investigate.

As Owen tracks the fleeing merchant, he uncovers a conspiracy involving a powerful company of traders, but his only witness is a young boy who has gone into hiding, and his only suspect is a mysterious cloaked woman. When Owen discovers a link between the traders and a powerful coterie in the royal court, he brings his apothecary wife Lucie into the race to find the boy before he is silenced forever by the murderers.

©1994 Candace Robb (P)2017 Tantor

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Excellent historical novel!

Robb portrays the times in a realistic fashion. The characters have depth and psychological breadth. And the mystery is woven into historical events and figures of the day.

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Wonderful!

My favorite book in the Owen Archer series. I read them several years ago. I'd love to find all of them on audio.
Ms. Robb's research really shows up in the stories and her characterization of her people gets better with every book.
The narrator was excellent really brought the folks to life.
Thanks again for another job well done!!

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love the owen archer series

great series must read for medieval mystery fans. very enjoyable author check out her other books.