The Apothecary Rose

The Apothecary Rose

(The Owen Archer Mysteries: book I): a captivating and enthralling medieval murder mystery set in York – a real page-turner!


Fans of Ellis Peters, S J Parris, Conn Iggulden and Bernard Cornwell will love Candace Robb's gripping and compelling murder mystery - full of suspense and tension and with a real sense of medieval York. Perfect to settle down with!

'Enthralling and evocative...Candace Robb recreates medieval York with ease'-Yorkshire Evening Press

'This book was so good I couldn't put it down' -- ***** Reader review
'A well researched and gripping novel' -- ***** Reader review
'Plenty of twists and turns to keep one turning the pages' -- ***** Reader review
'Great story with engaging characters' -- ***** Reader review



York: 1363:
people are dying in mysterious circumstances...however, there seems to be a common thread - the herbal remedies dispensed by Nicholas Wilton, Master Apothecary. The first victim is an anonymous pilgrim, but when a highborn nobleman dies after taking the same potion the authorities finally decide to act.

Dispatched to York, in disguise, to unravel the mystery, Owen Archer, former Captain of Archers, apprentices himself to the Apothecary. Yet it is from Wilton's beautiful wife Lucie that he must learn the arcane secrets of the trade.

Slowly but surely Owen begins to uncover the truth. And when the deaths continue he realises to his horror he must count Lucie among the suspects...


  • Ellis Peters has a cohort of pretenders snapping at her heels ... most impressive of the bunch is Candace Robb
    Time Out

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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