The Apothecary Rose #2020

The Apothecary Rose By Candace Robb The Apothecary Rose Suspenseful historically accurate and blessed with a wonderful cast of characters THE APOTHECARY ROSE is an absolute delight from start to finish Charles de Lint author of the Newford SeriesIn the
  • Title: The Apothecary Rose
  • Author: Candace Robb
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  • The Apothecary Rose By Candace Robb Suspenseful, historically accurate, and blessed with a wonderful cast of characters, THE APOTHECARY ROSE is an absolute delight from start to finish Charles de Lint, author of the Newford SeriesIn 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 Arc Suspenseful, historically accurate, and blessed with a wonderful cast of characters, THE APOTHECARY ROSE is an absolute delight from start to finish Charles de Lint, author of the Newford SeriesIn 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.Lovingly detailed, beautifully written, THE APOTHECARY ROSE is a captivating and suspenseful tale of life, love, and death in medieval England.
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    1. 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

    822 thoughts on “The Apothecary Rose”

    1. I found The Apothecary Rose interesting to read since it I m not that used to read historical mystery books that take place in the 14th century This mystery was especially interesting since it involves the church John Thoresby, Lord Chancellor of England and Archbishop of York sends out one eyed spy Owen Archer to find out if the two suspicious death at the infirmary of St Mary s Abbeys are murders and if so who s behind it Could it be the Master Apothecary Nicholas Wilton or his wife Or someone [...]


    2. I like historical novels as you can see if you search my reviews Some of the best are series by authors such as Forster, O Brian and Cornwell Historical mystery writers have a particular challenge and some, such as Pargeter and Saylor, have mastered it Candace Robb recognizes that and articulates it as follows Writing a historical mystery novel requires the author to wear three hats, novelist, historian and mystery writer The novelist guards the integrity of the form, the growth of the main char [...]


    3. I enjoyed this book very much I love historical mysteries, but this one was a bit different for me It is not a who done it, but a why The reader knows from the first chapter who, what, and how The reader is taken along on a journey as the mc meanders through York trying to discover who committed two murders.The book is set in the year 1363 The author has done much research and does an excellent job of bringing life in the medieval city of York, and some real historical characters to life Owen Ar [...]


    4. There were aspects of this book that I found very enjoyablee way the city of York was brought to life as almost another character in the book, for example Also, this is one of those mysteries where you know immediately WHO did it, but the hero does not, and must work at discovering both who and why Those types of mysteries are often tricky, because there is a danger the reader will grow bored waiting for the detective to catch on I wasn t terribly bored with this one, but I found the hero to be [...]


    5. I marked the read date as July, however, I ve read this one several times The entire Owen Archer series is phenomenal, excellent stories from beginning to end, with characters who are neither all bad nor all good, just a perfect blend of both to make them human and real.The attention to historical detail is wonderful, although their ideas of cures can sometimes make one cringe in the modern world Unlike many other mystery books, you aren t kept in suspense as to who did it, for you know right of [...]


    6. I read this book expecting a mystery crime story and as a representative of that group it must be said that it kind of sucked The story itself was predictable, and didn t even pretend very hard at being either a puzzle or even a psychological view of a crime not that I like those So really, the story was a romance novel featuring a crime The romance itself irritated me, while I liked the character of Mistress Wilton I don t remember her name and NONE of the reviewers mention it which is telling [...]


    7. I enjoyed this book, it s a good mystery story with solid historical basis, but I struggled with the author s narrative style frequently changing stream of consciousness type POVs.


    8. Much of the drama in this book would have been averted if the actors in it had taken the time to determine whether or not the people they tried to kill did, in fact, die Check your work, people.


    9. Candace Robb did PhD studies in Medieval and Anglo Saxon literature ABD, all but dissertation and has continued to research the fields thoroughly for each book Robb also has some intriguing comments on the three hats a writer of historical mysteries must wear Not all writers of historical mysteries manage all three as well as Robb She creates well developed novels with dynamic characters gets the chronology right or explains why some changes are included makes sure that the places she mentions i [...]



    10. I will start by noting that I have a weakness for series type books I enjoy getting to know a character or characters and then following them along in their lives When presented with the opportunity to review this series it was actually pretty cool because I didn t have to wait for the next volume to come out I was going to have almost all of the books at once to read over a two month period One of the books is not being re released I m going to try and find it so I can complete the set This is [...]


    11. This is the tedious beginning of a long series To sum briefly you know who and what and almost why in the first few pages and the remainder of the 319 pages is the hero bungling around trying to figure it out The conclusion is by turns gothic and silly There are 10 books in this series the mind boggles.


    12. The first in a medieval mystery series, Candace Robb first published this series in 1994, with a recent release into audio narrated by Derek Perkins Welsh born Owen Archer is a rakish one eyed soldier turned spy when the Lord Chancellor of England commands him to look into the death of two pilgrims in York Archer is convinced both were poisoned by the local apothecary s shop, but with the current owner sickened by an unknown illness, and his much younger beautiful wife Lucie in charge of his sho [...]


    13. Although I ve seen the Caedfael mysteries on TV watched the film The Name Of The Rose countless times I think this is the first Medieval mystery I ve actually read I m pleased to say that I really enjoyed it I loved the fact that it s set in York found the characters were really easy to visualise I thought Owen Archer quite charismatic he made an intriguing detective An enjoyable change to my usual type of murders whodunnits.



    14. It is difficult for me to get behind Owen Archer as a protagonist because of his status as a mercenary in the service of the grandson of Longshanks, or his vassals I m well aware national identity and loyalty to kin and soil were not concepts with any meaning to ordinary folk in those centuries Archer seems to have left Wales and his family behind with no backward glance to serve the occupying kingdom Still, he s a good soldier, and when his wounds make army life too hazardous, he is able to ris [...]


    15. In fourteenth century England, Owen is a former archer working for the Archbishop of York, who wants a quiet look into two deaths at one of the Church s abbeys Taciturn and observant, Owen immediately notices many things that are off in the village and the abbey Some people seem suspicious for no reason and others guilty Teaming up to share information with the village summoner, the man in charge of watching for people breaking of Church law, a story begins to form for Owen where the pilgrim s d [...]


    16. Terrific, and a total surprise I bought this book because I like mysteries set in the medieval middle ages time period I saw it advertised on as a recommendation based on the fact that I read the Ellis Peters Brother Cadfael books It was also free, so I figured what the heck, if it is terrible no big loss Well, not only was it not terrible, but it was a really great read I put it right up there with the first Cadfael book and the Doomsday Book by Connie Willis Ms Robb captured the time period in [...]


    17. The book starts off by setting the stage introducing the characters that will soon be suspects and having the murder actually take place It s one of the few mysteries I ve read that began in this manner Most books start by introducing the main character This is not most books.Because of how the story begins, the reader spends a good portion of the book knowing things that the main character hasn t figured out yet However, Owen is quick and he figures things out before the halfway point.As with o [...]


    18. A 3.5 Promising start to the series Enjoyable, intriguing characters and backstories The story did lag quite a bit around the middle, though I understand the author is using the first book to set up said characters and backstories, so I ll cut her some slack The one thing I did not like was the fact the reader knows that one of Owen s chief suspects, Lucie Wilton, is innocent Takes away some of the suspense Hopefully, this does not happen in the books which follow Also, there were intermittent p [...]


    19. I had to buy this book in paper format, because there is no ebook version So that was a downer I did get bored about 3 4 of the way through I think she is a great writer the book was well written but the plot kinda sucked I thought it was going to be a mystery We found out who committed the murder at the beginning of the book and did not really find out the why until the end and it was extremely anti climatic Not sure if I will go for the second one, since I have to order these books in from abe [...]


    20. I would have given this first novel in the Owen Archer 4 stars, but sadly the lack of a final edit meant there were some silly annoying mistakes which kept appearing best example is the use of the phrase burn in hell to curse an adversary, which actually appears in the ebook version as bum in hell oh dearWill buy the second novel in the series to see how the characters develop not as gripping as the CJ Sansom Shardlake historical novels, but a good introduction to a potential new series to read [...]


    21. The book is well written and well paced The story never bogs down in too much detail and the action progresses smoothly from one scene to the next The characters are decently rounded and extremely interesting, particularly the villian, who is almost shower worthingly obsessed The actions of the characters at the end keeps the suspense nicely ratcheted up and the pages turning.


    22. I really liked this book and am anxious to read of the series Good mystery plot woven into the medieval historical setting I like how the author presents a story that transports the reader back 700 years but bridges to modern understanding In other words, just enough historical flavoring without confusing me Highly recommended for those who enjoy the historical mystery genre.


    23. 1360 s, York Owen Archer is a Welshman who was Captain of Archers during the 100 year s war with France until he was blinded in one eye This book is the beginning of a very interesting series of the people and times in the British Isles I have re read the series many times.



    24. This medieval mystery exhibits a workmanlike quality at first which dwindles to something cringeworthy as the story develops Simply put, this is a book far suited to housewives than to my demographic The protagonist is a flawed character in that he has one eye and suffers pain for it, but is otherwise a hulking, noble Adonis with 20th century sensitivities His female love interest is strong and independent yet constantly prone to tears, angry outbursts, and tripping and falling into the aforem [...]


    25. Good storyThis is a difficult book for me to review as I almost stopped reading it than once in the first few chapters I found it difficult to get into the plot until about Chapter Four I am pleased I stuck it out, too The plot is thick with characters vaguely defined at the outset Probably why I found myself losing interest early on Then shortly after, I felt the storyline come together and it drew my interest enough to read a few chapters a day The writing is good, but the plot structure is a [...]


    26. Set in fourteen century York, the Apothecary Rose blends murder mystery with historical fiction to provide an interesting tales Two men are murdered and Owen Archer, a ex soldier who lost an eye in campaign, is send to York to investigate.The setting of medieval York is quite interesting and the historian background of the author is showing The mystery is intriguing, but there are parts that are a bit predictable and the resolution feels a bit messy in places Characters are varied, some of them [...]


    27. I normally dislike whodunit books I have to read to the end to find out, then I can read the story However, this was different because the story itself, isn t just a load of half hinted clues and red herrings It s brilliantly researched, and gripped me from the very first page It was the first Candace Robb book I had ever read and I enjoyed it so much that I bought everything she s written.Her understanding of Medieval England is all the astounding because she is Canadian


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