The Nun's Tale

The Nun's Tale

(The Owen Archer Mysteries: book III): an evocative and enthralling historical mystery set in Medieval York that will have you gripped from page one…


Full of intrigue and twists and turns, this is a compelling and captivating murder mystery written by Candace Robb - expertly skilled at weaving suspense with a real sense of history. Fans of Ellis Peters, S J Parris, Conn Iggulden and Bernard Cornwell will not be disappointed!

'Meticulously researched, authentic and gripping' -- Yorkshire Evening Post

'As full of intrigue as a Deighton or a le Carré' -- Guardian
'Keeps you turning the pages in anticipation!' -- ***** Reader review
'I love The Owen Archer Series and I intend to read everyone of them. I am hooked!' -- ***** Reader review
'Great story with lots of twists and turns' -- ***** Reader review
'An excellent story, well written and keep you in suspense' -- ***** Reader review
'My lack of sleep over the past few days has had more to do with wanting to stay glued to the story than insomnia' -- ***** Reader review


When a young nun, Joanna Calverley, dies of fever in the town of Beverley, they waste no time in burying her, fearing the plague.

But nine months later a woman turns up claiming to be Joanna, saying she faked her own death.

When murder follows close on her heels, John Thoresby, Archbishop of York, knows he must enlist the help of his favourite detective, Owen Archer. While Owen sets off for Leeds and Scarborough to speak with the Percy family and Geoffrey Chaucer, who is spying for the King, his wife Lucie tries to discover from Joanna the events of her missing year.

Soldiers fleeing to France, relic-trading and incest are just a few of the secrets which emerge.

Can Archer unravel the mystery surrounding this nun?

About the author

Candace Robb

Candace Robb has read and researched medieval history for many years, having studied for a Ph.D in Medieval and Anglo-Saxon Literature. She is the author of the acclaimed Owen Archer novels and the Margaret Kerr Mysteries.
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