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The Guilt of Innocents

Narrated by: Christopher Scott
Series: Owen Archer, Book 9
Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
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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

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NOT THE SAME

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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I don't know if I can continue listening to this.

I've worked my way through the available books in this series and suddenly at this stage the narrator has changed. The characters that I had become familiar with have disappeared and even some names are pronounced differently. This is the real downside to audiobooks and it has happened to me before. I can't concentrate on the story, it's like walking into a room where you know there's a fault in the wallpaper- that's all you see.

Perhaps it's just me, I'm sure that anyone who enjoys historical fiction coming to this as a 'one off' will thoroughly enjoy it. I shall try to persevere with it 8^).

Edit - well I did persevere and eventually got used to the change. I then went on to the next book "A vigil of spies" and enjoyed that. The stories have all been excellent and I've enjoyed the series (despite the change of reader).

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Another good story by Candice Robb

excellent as usual the story held my interest from start to finish. Very well read as well.

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The Guilt of Innocents

Another good story from Candace Robb's Owen Archer books and I enjoyed listening to it.