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In the year of our Lord 1363, two suspicious deaths in the infirmary of St. Mary's Abbey catch the attention of the powerful John Thoresby, Lord Chancellor of England and Archbishop of York. One victim is a pilgrim, while the second is Thoresby's ne'er-do-well ward, both apparently poisoned by a physic supplied by Master Apothecary Nicholas Wilton. In the wake of these deaths, the archbishop dispatches one-eyed spy Owen Archer to York to find the murderer. Under the guise of a disillusioned soldier keen to make a fresh start, Owen insinuates himself into Wilton's apothecary as an apprentice. But he finds Wilton bedridden, with the shop being run by his lovely, enigmatic young wife, Lucie. As Owen unravels a tangled history of scandal and tragedy, he discovers at its center a desperate, forbidden love twisted over time into obsession. And the woman he has come to love is his prime suspect.

©1993 Candace Robb (P)2017 Tantor

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fabulous historic background

I enjoyed this novel to a point. It was historically interesting. Probably won't read series.

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Monty Python

The story is interesting and characters involving. Like old friends!
The narrator is so so. He handles all but dialogue well. But when people are old they all sound like a poor imitation of older people. And younger women sound like a Monty Python character faking a woman’s voice. It’s laughable. But I still recommend the book.

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I enjoyed the story but found the narrative labored with more mulling over of actions and motives than necessary. The creation of the world of 14th c. York was beguiling.