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A Spy for the Redeemer (Owen Archer #7)

4.01  ·  Rating Details  ·  625 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
Late spring, the year of our Lord 1370. Owen Archer, ex-soldier and spy, is preparing to depart Wales, his work for John of Gaunt completed. But his attempts to arrange safe passage home to York are thwarted by a mysterious suicide.

In York Lucie Wilton is disheartened by her husband's long absence and concerned by allegations against her apothecary. Then Brother Michaelo b
Hardcover, Signed, 318 pages
Published 1999 by William Heinemann
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Raven Haired Girl
Robb provides plenty of Welsh history, Owen explores his roots as he makes a pilgrimage to Wales ultimately causing quite a stir.

Robb shines in her well developed characterization. You sense the anguish and concern as characters are challenged by loyalty. Robb penetrates her casts thoughts and feelings, raw emotions giving dimensionality, as they question inner turmoil. I liked the tension in the relationship of Owen and Lucie, made this more than a mystery, especially with the familiarity of th
Candace Robb's Owen Archer mysteries seem to be getting darker. Her characters are full of doubts. It's realistic if not pleasant. I didn't enjoy this one as much as some of her earlier books in the series.

In A Spy for the Redeemer we find Owen still in Wales questioning his own political/familial loyalty and assigned to find a murderer. Meanwhile, Lucie's back in York dealing with a teenager, an attack against her ancestral home, and doubts of her own.
Alex Telander
This is the seventh book in the series featuring the one-eyed hero Owen Archer, and yet even though this is the first I’m reading in the series, I didn’t feel discombobulated in any sense. While some characters are referenced from another book, and the current characters have obviously aged more, the events taking place in the book have no dependence on any earlier events. Essentially there are two mysteries at hand here. One involves Owen Archer, a Welshman in Wales, in the town of St. David’s, ...more
Another good Owen Archer story. Set in 1370, during the reign of Edward III, Owen (who works for the Archbishop of York) is in Wales in the holy city of St David's.

In this one Owen is in Wales investigating a murder whilst Lucie - back in York - is having to content with a spiteful customer; an aged aunt; a rebellious apprentice; the death of her father; and rumours that Owen will not return.

Really containing two separate stories, Robb manages to keep a strong link between them so that while you
Nov 21, 2012 Marisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Spy for the Redeemer is fast paced right from the beginning.
While Owen is away in Wales Lucie, his wife, is troubled by accusations made against her apothecary. Then she gets news that her father has dies. She goes to visit her aunt and fins troubling news. while visiting the manor is attacked. Lucie's friend and neighbor offers his steward to help out. The steward is very obviously attracted to Lucie and with Owen away from home Lucie faces temptation wile trying to figure out who is behind t
Sep 25, 2015 Argum rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Owen is still in Wales, but this time Lucie gets alternate chapters. The man Owen commissioned to cut Sir Robert's tomb has been found hanged. The archdeacon thinks its something else and forces Owen into investigating. Soon more of the plotting of Owain are involved. Meanwhile someone has attacked Sir Robert's home apparently looking for something. Tildy is left in charge as Phillipa is getting a bit senile and can't be in charge in such circumstances. Not my favorite but better than the last
I didn't think this was up to the high standard of the previous books in this series. Well-researched as always, with maps and an author's note at the end, but slower paced. I agree with previous reviewers that it's also darker, but I think the series has been moving in that direction for a while now, and I like that. And (speaking of dark) I wished there was more of Archbishop Thoresby and Brother Michaelo; they've been developing in intriguing ways, and I think they should have their own book!
Oct 28, 2015 Kathy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
maybe I am now done with this series as nothing compels me to follow further down the Owen/Lucie road
Much darker and deeper than the other stories in this series, it actually is the second in a two-parter that stretches from York all the way to St. David's in Wales. This is the first time Robb addresses the dual citizenship that Owen feels as a servant of Edward III and a Welshman.
Jan 21, 2008 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Romance, mystery, political intrigues, and adventure set in 1370 Wales and England.
Jan 04, 2010 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any who like an action packed story with historical content
Recommended to Susan by: authors list
Contains everything;history, adventure, mystery, thriller & a touch of romance
Nov 19, 2008 Jen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A quick note this is my favorite book title EVER!
Jun 16, 2010 Nancy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good medieval mystery.
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AKA Emma Campion or Candace M. Robb
My novels are inspired by my study of the late Middle Ages in Northern Europe. My three mystery series feature medieval sleuths: the Kate Clifford mysteries debut in May 2016 with The Service of the Dead, set in York at the cusp of the 15th century with a strong, independent young widow forged on the warring northern marches. The Owen Archer mysteries are set in
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Other Books in the Series

Owen Archer (10 books)
  • The Apothecary Rose (Owen Archer, #1)
  • The Lady Chapel (Owen Archer, #2)
  • The Nun's Tale (Owen Archer, #3)
  • The King's Bishop (Owen Archer, #4)
  • The Riddle of St. Leonard's (Owen Archer, #5)
  • A Gift of Sanctuary (Owen Archer, #6)
  • The Cross-Legged Knight (Owen Archer, #8)
  • The Guilt of Innocents (Owen Archer, #9)
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