A Conspiracy of Wolves - Review and Giveaway
A Conspiracy of Wolves by Candace Robb
Publication Date: August 1, 2019
Severn House/Crème de la Crime
Hardcover & eBook; 256 Pages
Series: Owen Archer, Book 11
Genre: Historical Mystery
1374. When a member of one of York’s most prominent families is found dead in the woods, his throat torn out, rumours spread like wildfire that wolves are running loose throughout the city. Persuaded to investigate by the victim’s father, Owen Archer is convinced that a human killer is responsible. But before he can gather sufficient evidence to prove his case, a second body is discovered, stabbed to death. Is there a connection? What secrets are contained within the victim’s household? And what does apprentice healer Alisoun know that she’s not telling?
Teaming up with Geoffrey Chaucer, who is in York on a secret mission on behalf of Prince Edward, Owen’s enquiries will draw him headlong into a deadly conspiracy.
A Conspiracy of Wolves is the eleventh novel in the Owen Archer series. But don’t worry if this is your first introduction to Owen Archer – the novel can easily be read as a standalone. Candace Robb is a master storyteller and she truly understands the time period. Any needed back story is provided within the novel as well as plenty of historical references for those of us who are history nerds and need to know exactly when in time the story takes place and who the important historical players would have been.
While the mystery regarding the violent and confusing deaths is the main element of the novel – the rumors of wolves running wild and killing people despite the evidence of murder, a new Archbishop of York brings some challenging political changes that Archer must deal with, conflicting loyalties, other characters keeping secrets – all work to make the story complex and infinitely fun to read.
I was completely drawn into the challenges that Owen Archer and his oftentimes annoying friend Geoffrey Chaucer face in trying to figure out exactly what is going on. There are so many wonderful characters in the novel besides Archer and Chaucer. I found them engaging and very real.
Usually when I read mysteries, I am really focused on trying to figure out who the murderer is and solving the crime. But while reading A Conspiracy of Wolves, I found myself more involved with the characters and their lives and problems. I was so pleased at how real the story felt – from the details of everyday activities to the historical accuracy.
A Conspiracy of Wolves was a real treat to read and I am embarrassed to admit that this is the first Owen Archer novel I have read – but it won’t be the last! I immediately ran to the library to check out the first two books in the series. I would wholeheartedly recommend A Conspiracy of Wolves to anyone who enjoys historical fiction and/or mysteries.
About the AuthorI’m Candace Robb, a writer/historian engaged in creating fiction about the late middle ages with a large cast of characters with whom I enjoy spending my days. Two series, the Owen Archer mysteries and the Kate Clifford mysteries, are set in late medieval York. The Margaret Kerr trilogy is set in early 14th century Scotland, at the beginning of the Wars of Independence. Two standalone novels (published under pseudonym Emma Campion) expand on the lives of two women in the court of King Edward III who have fascinated me ever since I first encountered them in history and fiction.
I am a dreamer. Writing, gardening, walking, dancing, reading, being with friends—there’s always a dreaming element.
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