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The Lady Chapel

(Owen Archer #2)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  2,063 ratings  ·  106 reviews
Owen Archer, the intriguing Welsh archer-turned-sleuth, is back-in another riveting challenge to Ellis Peters!

High summer, 1365-and York is glorious with pageantry for the Feast of Corpus Christi. But wool merchant Will Crounce, who acts in "The Last Judgement," meets his maker all too soon, his throat slit in the shadow of the great cathedral. When Crounce's severed hand
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Published May 15th 1995 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published January 1st 1994)
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Blaine DeSantis
Aug 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It has been over a year since I read the first Owen Archer book. No idea why it has taken so long to get back to this series. Really enjoy the setting in the mid-14th Century, and also many of the characters. One thing about Candace Robb, she is a history expert and she imbues her books with many historical characters as well as many non-historical ones who are representative of those living during that time. Her blend of characters and narrative voices is seamless and you are drawn into the boo ...more
Clemens Schoonderwoert
This 2nd instalment of the "Owen Archer" series, from the US author, Candace Robb, has been a much better accomplished adventure than the first one.

Storytelling is of a top-notch quality, all characters, whether real historical or wonderful fictional, come vividly to life within this great medieval story, and York and its picturesque surroundings in Yorkshire come superbly off the pages.

This series is happening more or less in the same period of history as the "Matthew Bartholomew' series from t
May 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: three-star, r-r, mystery
The Lady Chapel is the second book in Candace Robb's Owen Archer series. In this book it is summer, two years, I think, after the events in The Apothecary Rose, so that means it is 1365 and we are still in York. York is filled with pageantry for the Feast of Corpus Christi, which seems to be a big thing to these people. People are lining the streets to see the wagons that will wind their way through the streets stopping at each of twelve stations that have been set up, where they will perform fo ...more
Lucy Barnhouse
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
The 14th century politics are satisfyingly gripping, and the characterization is well done.
Oct 31, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-melsa
Enjoyed the story and character development, looking forward to the next in series.

Eustacia Tan
Apr 04, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nlb-ereads
It has been almost a year since I last read something by Candace Robb, which is a pity because this book reminded me how much I enjoy her historical mysteries. I used to think that her Kate Clifford books are my favourite, but this second book in the Owen Archer series makes me want to read them all.

The Lady Chapel starts with a gruesome murder – Will Crounce, a merchant, is killed and his hand cut off. Owen Archer is sent to investigate and he makes no progress until some time later, Gilbert Ri
Gareld Butler
May 16, 2022 rated it really liked it
This was a really well written historical mystery, with a series of murders built around actual stories with real-life people of 14th century England. The story was very suspenseful as murders keep happening as the archbishop's spy, Own Archer, tries to identify the culprits and the reasons for their crimes. The pace was perfect. I found this book hard to put down. ...more
Dec 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like this series. Very interesting.
Sep 04, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
Meh. Last book I'll try in the series. ...more
Apr 18, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Medieval York is brought to life brilliantly in this historical mystery.
Dec 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Lady Chapel takes the title from a thread running through the novels about the real John Thoresby and his determination to complete the Lady Chapel for his tomb.

A man is murdered and his body left on the steps of York Minster--missing a hand. The Archbishop once again recruits Owen Archer to solve the mystery, but the body count rises. An orphan is in danger, the complicated reasons behind the murders involve the wool industry and the financing of a war, and Alice Perrers, mistress of King
Laura Edwards
Sep 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Enjoyable enough. One problem I do have and which will keep the books in this series from ever being rated higher than a three is the fact the culprit or culprits are so obvious from the beginning. Kind of takes any suspense out of the story.

Also, Robb makes a particular, annoyingly careless error time and time again. In numerous scenes throughout the story, a character will be described as sitting, only to be standing a sentence or two later and then sitting again after another sentence or two
Jul 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
#2 in the Owen Archer former Captain of Archers in the English army mystery series set in 14th century York. Starts in summer, 1365 and ends in the winter. The Archbishop again calls in Owen Archer to help him solve 2 similar murders of people in the wool merchant guild. The investigation involved a number of people whose story lines intersect with the murders as well as all the way to thew highest levels of the English court.
Aug 01, 2008 rated it really liked it
I picked this up on a free books shelf at a friend's house and after finishing it, I ran out and got all of the Owen Archer books.

This book is entertaining for the suspenseful plot, natch, but also engrossing for the great characters and vivid setting. Robb does an amazing job of bringing medieval England to life.
Lesley Christien
Jan 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Missing hands and a King's mistress

The second book in the series and the characters are more engaging and the mystery is complex and fraught with moral struggles and courtly corruption. I am falling in love with Candace Robb's deeply researched York and her wonderful cast of people. She makes the reader care about her people and that makes for great reading!
Marie Chartier
Second book of Candace Robb's Owen Archer serie, The Lady Chapel bring us once on the trail of muderers in medieval York. Owen Archer must find the killer of two wool merchant. Political and court intrigues play a bigger part in this volume as the world created by Robb gets more alive. There are some unnecessary parts and the mystery is a bit convoluted, but a nice read notheless. ...more
Aug 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a reread. I'm rereading much of the series in anticipation of getting to the last few books I never read when I got them. ...more
May 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very interesting book because of the mystery as well as the historical details. I like that Ms. Robb explains the history behind the story.
Writing that alternates flat and clumsy. Glaring plot holes that no one seems eager to fill. There just isn't anything here to keep me involved. ...more
Art Enyedy
Jan 30, 2022 rated it really liked it
The Lady Chapel is book 2 in the mysteries of Owen Archer, set in 14th century England. Owen is an ex-captain of the King's Archers, but after being blinded in one eye, which ended his soldiering career, Archer ended up married to Lucie Wilton, and now Archer is an apprentice in the apothecary shop of York. Owen also works part time for the powerful John Thoresby, Archbishop of York and Lord Chancellor of the realm. When trouble appears in York, Thoresby sends for Owen to resolve it. Since the M ...more
Gary S
Apr 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
I started reading Candace Robb’s Owen Archer series with Book #3, “The Nun’s Tale.” I enjoyed it a great deal, so I decided to start the series from the beginning. I read Book #1, “The Apothecary Rose,” and Book #2, “The Lady Chapel,” back to back and I must confess, I am hooked. Historical fiction is one of my preferred genres to start with and I find Candace Robb’s stories interesting, credible, and educational. Her main characters are well drawn, highly relatable, and multidimensional. I find ...more
Sherry Sharpnack
Book #2 in the Owen Archer medieval mystery series did not disappoint.

In this visit w/ Owen, a mummer/merchant is murdered in the “liberty” of York Minster, in a grisly way: his throat was cut and his right hand cut off and delivered to the local pub owner, Bess. Bess shows Lucie, Owen’s new wife and the local apothecary. The Archbishop is in charge of the investigation b/c it happened in his “Liberty,” so he calls in Owen to investigate. A further complication is that a small boy witnessed the
Sarah Hearn
Mar 24, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It’s been many years since I read the first Owen Archer novel, so long, in fact, that I had forgotten the setting and the characters. Fortunately, you don’t need to have read the first to read the second.

Set in York in the 1360s and drawing on the later years of the reign of Edward III, these books have a different feel than those by PC Doherty, set in London in and around the Peasants’ Revolt of 1381. Owen Archer is a one-eyed survivor of Edward’s wars in France, living with his Apothecary wife
Anne Wright
Oct 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Lady Chapel
by Candice Robb

Time has moved on for Owen Archer and Lucie they are now married and working together in the apothecary, Lucie in charge and Owen as her apprentice. Not sure how this arrangement stacks up for the period but it is very refreshing and modern now.

But Owen still works for the Archbishop and when there is a murder in the minster grounds he is called in once again to look in to the case and find the murderer. A grisly action on the part of the murderer is the chopping o
Sara G
It's been a while since I read the first Owen Archer book, but I'm on a mission to read all my books before buying more and I have a few of these in my collection. (I'm sure I will fail - but we'll see!) In this story, there are a couple of merchants murdered in York and their right hands chopped off. Owen Archer is tasked with solving this by the Archbishop of York, who is primarily concerned that the merchants prove not to have been thieves due to some generous donations made to the Lady Chape ...more
Mar 19, 2022 rated it really liked it
Candace Robb is both an historian and a gifted story-teller. In her Owen Archer series, she has chosen the time of Edward III (think 14th Century England), where the church is all powerful and where an ailing king (and queen) are dealing with war, merchants, the periodic plagues, and all things associated with the time. Archer is a former archer, who lost an eye in battle. He subsequently married an apothecary and is now apprenticed to her.

Archer can't escape his former life as the Archbishop p
May 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book better than the first one, mostly because the solution to the mystery wasn't revealed in the prologue. It's full of tangled threads that only make sense at the very end, but there are still plenty of clues along the way for the reader to figure out small pieces of the puzzle.
The further character development was nice, although I wish they would just communicate openly, then most of their issues could be avoided. York is beginning to feel like more of a familiar setting, and th
Nance Roepke
Apr 28, 2022 rated it liked it
The ministry itself is a good one. I liked young boy in the story and the conclusion was unclear to me until close to the end, which is a good thing. My problem with the series is Lucy. She just grates on me. I'd like strong female characters but I think there should be a partnership between the woman in the man. She's supposed to be sweet but I think it comes across as her just using Owen. On the other hand Owen adores her unless her push him around. If it weren't for the Archbishop, Owen would ...more
Nov 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the second book I've read in this series & I'm glad to say I enjoyed encounter with Owen Archer as much as the first. This is a well written atmospheric mystery - you can almost smell the medieval air & feel the bite of the wintry winds...poor little Jasper out in that cold!

It was interesting to learn more of Thoresby's character in this book...I'm thinking there's more to him than first meets the eye & I look forward to meeting all these characters again in the rest of the series.
Jean Nicholson
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
I started reading this 3 days ago when I picked it up from the library. Many years ago I liked the Owen Archer books so took a trip down memory lane. It is set in the 1300s around York. In the intervening years my search of family history took me to Leeds and York where some of my husband's family came from so this made quite a difference as I knew of the places that cropped up in the book. It is an interesting read as it covers a lot of the troubles of the times and the dilemnas surrounding the ...more
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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 candacerobbbooks.com, and share loads of medieval news, folklore, and whimsy on my facebook page, Candace Robb

Other books in the series

Owen Archer (1 - 10 of 14 books)
  • The Apothecary Rose (Owen Archer, #1)
  • 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)
  • A Spy for the Redeemer (Owen Archer, #7)
  • The Cross-Legged Knight (Owen Archer, #8)
  • The Guilt of Innocents (Owen Archer, #9)
  • A Vigil of Spies (Owen Archer, #10)
  • A Conspiracy of Wolves (Owen Archer, #11)

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