The Apothecary Rose Lib/E: 1 Audio CD – Unabridged, 27 June 2017
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Derek Perkins is a professional narrator and voice actor. He has earned numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration, as well as numerous Society of Voice Arts nominations. AudioFile magazine named him a Best Voice consecutively in 2014, 2015, and 2016. Augmented by a knowledge of three foreign languages and a facility with accents, he has narrated numerous titles in a wide range of fiction and nonfiction genres.
- Publisher : Tantor Audio; Unabridged edition (27 June 2017)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1665261595
- ISBN-13 : 978-1665261593
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This first instalment of, for me a new series, has been a very pleasant experience, in so far that the book has given me great joy reading it.
The reason for my pleasure is quite simple; the story-telling is of a superb quality, all characters, whether real historical or wonderful fictional, come all vividly to life within this mystery, while the atmosphere of medieval York in AD 1363, under the reign of King Edward III, comes very realistically off the pages.
At the front of the book you'll find a short excerpt from Geoffrey Chaucer's "The Parlement of Foules", and a very well-drawn map of York, England, in the 14th Century, as well as a short Glossary.
At the back of the book you'll notice an Author's Note, where the historical details concerning this period of history are superbly documented and explained, and these details are wonderfully implemented within this historical mystery.
The book starts off with a prologue in which we find Brother Wulfstan, Infirmarian of St Mary's Abbey, fretting about the deaths of first his friend, the kind Pilgrim, and secondly about the death of the Archbishop's Ward, Sir Oswald Fitzwilliam, both by some kind of poison, and also involved are his dear friends the Apothecary, Nicholas Wilton and his wife, Lucie.
Right from chapter one comes our protagonist, Owen Archer, former Welsh Captain of Archers, into the picture to make his presence felt, after having been sent to York in disguise, as the Apothecary's apprentice, to investigate these murders for his employer, the Archbishop and Lord Chancellor of England, John Thoresby, and unravel the political and ecclesiastical implications.
What follows is an intriguing medieval mystery, where personal secrets will play an important part, although the mystery side of the story is somewhat to easy to solve, but on the other hand the sickly misconduct of a certain pervert cleric is very well brought forward here, in a sense that instead the culprit is condemned he will be revered as a saint within the mighty Church, all in effort the keep the Peace from between the mighty High till very Low within the Church, and the living outside world.
Highly recommended, although this series is not yet up to the same standard, but I hope it will be soon, as Paul Doherty's "Brother Athelstan" series which are set in London, while this series is set in medieval York, but what they do have in common is that they are both set somewhat around the same time of history, and to come back to this episode I like to call it: "A Very Promising Owen Archer Opener"!
ps. Where is the island if England. I think a lile slip up in the autor's note.
Mairi Smyth Ayrshire.
As a romance it worked. As a mystery novel it had its good bits. As a story that could be associated with a particular historical period and give us a flavour of the fourteenth century? No way. Where were known historical people or events? Good story wrong genre. Don't think I will be following Mr. Archers career.
The book is set in the Middle Ages in York when the church and army are two powerful political adversaries and friends, where all sorts from Lord to pauper, and murder to innocent hide under the powerful cloaks of both either serving the country or being a moral upstanding God fearing man; and were lesser individuals exist if they are allowed to.
The main character Owen,Archer finds himself released from one service,after loosing an eye, and being received into the service of another, The Archbishop, Thoresbury. In this book, Archbishop Thoresbury sends Archer to investigate the death of his ward Fitzwilliam who has died unexpectedly.
In the book Candance Robb has captured the essence of life in the reign of Edward III and in particularly the church and armies influences, the political minefields of the common man and his powerlessness against both the army and the church, and that of the gentry - not all as positive as it may seem.
An excellent read !
by the Archbishop to investigate the death of his wayward ward in York. He had to pretend to
want work and be employed as an apprentice to Lucie Wilton, the wife of Master Apothecary, Nicholas.
Nicholas had been ill since the death of a pilgrim at the Abbey.
Owen's investigation took him to the Abbey and to the Archdeacon who seemed to have an unhealthy
interest in Nicholas. I did find the last quarter of the book a bit repetitive when various characters went
over what happened to Lucie's mother years before, and also when Owen grew more infatuated with Lucie.
However, overall I enjoyed the book and would read more in the series.