The Riddle of St. Leonard's

The Riddle of St Leonard s Medieval York is wrapped in a dangerous riddle that only Owen Archer can unfurl The fetid summer heat of has the citizens of York besieging Owen Archer s apothecary wife Lucie for physicks agai
  • Title: The Riddle of St. Leonard's
  • Author: Candace Robb
  • ISBN: 9780312966515
  • Page: 344
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Riddle of St. Leonard's
    Medieval York is wrapped in a dangerous riddle that only Owen Archer can unfurl.The fetid summer heat of 1369 has the citizens of York besieging Owen Archer s apothecary wife, Lucie, for physicks against noxious vapors But than pestilence is in the air Owen is summoned to investigate the theft of rare treasures from St Leonard s Hospital and the untimely deaths ofMedieval York is wrapped in a dangerous riddle that only Owen Archer can unfurl.The fetid summer heat of 1369 has the citizens of York besieging Owen Archer s apothecary wife, Lucie, for physicks against noxious vapors But than pestilence is in the air Owen is summoned to investigate the theft of rare treasures from St Leonard s Hospital and the untimely deaths of aging patients.What links a brutal robbery, a fatal fire, a lay sister some still call whore, and a homeless urchin who shoots an arrow as straight as Owen himself Country lore and town gossip lead him deep into the past, toward a killer with a heart blacker than the plague itself
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  • Candace Robb

    Storyteller, mythweaver, author of the Owen Archer, Kate Clifford, Margaret Kerr mysteries Primary residence, medieval York I blog about writing, medieval history, writing women s stories, and feature new scholarship in my field at ecampion.wordpress, and share loads of medieval news, folklore, and whimsy on my facebook page, Candace Robb

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  • This is proving to be an enjoyable series of books The characters are drawn well enough to make the stories believable, but not so sharply that their emotions affect mine.


  • Did not compare well to Michael Jeck s mystery novels Author tried to use the prose language of the day For me, it pulls the focus from the story line to the use of ancient form of language.



  • Robb s metrical writing along with her well developed characters provide for much enjoyment and entertainment in this series Atmospherically you are swept into medieval times, people, hardships, every day life The mystery was fairly easy to piece together, nothing too intricate, however, with the pestilence causing havoc there was an ominous feel throughout the story, the lives stolen, the survivor s guilt, the fear, the general unknown of this devastating plague evident as remembrances of previ [...]


  • Nice and captivating novel, especially in the second half of the book The historical details seemed quite accurate, so if you read and imagine the characters at the same time you get the medieval atmosphere There are many names and characters mentioned, though, so it is hard to remember them all The first part of the story seemed quite slow to me.


  • An OK book Not the greatest mystery, but the setting and historical details are interesting Didn t turn me off of the series will probably try it again at some point but certainly didn t raise it on my to read list.For thoughts complete review, see the blog theknittingpenguin.


  • The thing that I like about these series of books, is the medieval feel There is no 20th, 21st feeling about the stories Love it The author s notes should have been at the front of the book, because I had lots of questions while reading that were explained in the note section A hospital during 1300 York, England, is not the same as a hospital in modern times What the people in 1300 York thought caused the plague, and what really caused the plague.Owen Archer and his wife are again, not in the en [...]


  • This is the fifth Owen Archer book and this one has our intrepid mystery solver dealing with a problem that he won t be able to fix no matter what he does the plague has returned Owen can do all he can but there will be no effort he can put forth to stop it from its path But that is not the only issue facing Owen in this tale.St Leonard s is the medieval version of a long term care facility but it seems that people who have paid for their care are dying ahead of their time If this got out it cou [...]


  • This series of one of over 20 historical mystery series I m reading through, very slowly Owen is a strong character as is Lucie, his wife, and the York setting makes for a good mix of people and some connection to the larger English scene This book focuses on the hospital which, as the author explains in her historical note at the end, is of a long term care facility, focused on spiritual than physical care There are a large number of interesting characters and I truly hope that Alisoun will r [...]


  • 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 [...]


  • 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.


  • The date is 1369 The plague is rampant Queen Phillippa is dying as are a number of corrodians of St Leonard s hospital and thieves have stolen a large number of valuable items from the hospital Owen Archer is called from assisting his apothecary wife, Lucie, to investigate the thefts and the unusual number of deaths that cannot be attributed to the plague An interesting cast of characters, and a good description of the the mid 14th century life.


  • As a mystery I found it underwhelming, it wasn t that well written What was interesting is that the setting is accurate There was a St Leonard s Hospital in York, there was an outbreak of plague in 1369 The ruins of the hospital are still there I found the 5 pages of author s notes to be the most interesting part of the book.


  • This is the 5th in the series of Owen Archer, the spy of the Archbishop of York In this installment Owen is called upon to investigate the murder of aging patients at St Leonards Hospital, and the theft of valuables from the church while York is in the midst of the Plague and many people have fled the city for the country hoping to avoid death This was another good one in the series


  • I liked this book with the others in York helpingI enjoyed the characters in this book Most of the time these are not really involved in the spying as they were this time I loved the mystery and the tale in this book


  • I wanted to like this book but I just could not get interested in the story I got as far as chapter 6 and decided that it was just not my cup of tea I always feel a little bad for abandoning a book but I get this traveling again in hopes that it will find someone who appreciates it .


  • Very nice historical mystery Good characters I especially liked the information on herbs and gardens And it brought home the agony of living through the plague I look forward to reading books featuring Owen, Lucia and the rest.


  • Of all the Owen Archer mysteries, this is one that has stuck with me This is a darker and heavier story, with the fear and insecurity that plague brings to York acting on all of the characters lives.


  • Most interestingI very much enjoy reading historical fiction and Candace Robb is a master at telling these tales There is always a thread of truth in her stories and that makes them most interesting.




  • This book introduced me to the Owen Archer mystery series, and I must have enjoyed it, because I ve read all the rest



  • Un bel giallo storico che tiene vivo l interesse del lettore fino all ultima pagina e che allo stesso tempo coinvolge il lettore nelle vicende personali dei personaggi.Un bel libro.


  • Struggled to finish this one, nothing in the story or characters intrigued me Haven t read any other book in the serie and at this point I do not plan to.


  • Candace Robb knows York and knows her history which is evident in her writing The characters are great and the story just takes me back to medieval York.Lovely books


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