Winter 1372, York. A man has drowned in the River Ouse after a skirmish with boys from St Peter's School. It soon becomes clear that his death was not an accident - but why would a humble pilot on the river be killed for possessing a young boy's purse? Suspicion falls on Father Nicholas Ferriby - Vicar of Weston and master of a small grammar school - who has already offended many with his unpopular beliefs. But is he really a murderer?
One-eyed spy, Owen Archer, Captain of Archbishop Thoresby's guard and noted for solving many crimes, is quickly brought to the scene by his adoptive son, Jasper. Clear that the pilot has been killed for more than a purse, an increasingly cantankerous Thoresby reluctantly agrees to let Owen investigate the man's murder. Torn between solving the crime and looking after his wife, Lucie, who is expecting their long-awaited third child, Owen is soon taken away from home. When another body is found in the river and Owen and Jasper get nearer to the truth, they find their own lives in jeopardy...
©2002 Candace Robb (P)2009 Random House Audio
The story of Owen Archer and his cohorts continues apace. The series is a great insight into medieval life. However, my enjoyment of the book was lessened by the absence of Stephen Thorne as the narrator. Thorne had the characters down to a tee but this time I found myself skimming through the chapters as I found the narration of this instalment to be too dramatised. This series of Robb's books are very good and give Cadfael a run for his money.
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