Trade Paperback Release!
The trade paperback of THE RIVERWOMAN’S DRAGON is out now in the UK, and will be released in the US & Canada on 28 June (although you might want to check your local bookshop or favorite online store earlier in the month).
It’s received many 5 star reviews, many from readers on Goodreads:
“If possible, I loved this book even more than the earlier Owen Archer books. here the worldview shifts…to look more closely from the eyes of Magda, witch, healer, pagan…. Wonderful to see something of her magic & a little more of her family origins.” Susan Rowland
“I loved this 13th Owen Archer mystery. It’s another fascinating trip back to Medieval York, where the events and concerns of the past have remarkable echoes in our present: the pestilence is spreading, people are living in fear, seeking false cures, and turning on true healers and each other. When the wise woman, Magda Digby, is not only denounced but suspected of murder, Owen has to find the true solution.” Alice Boatwright
“Candace Robb manages to create real tension in this 13th book in Owen Archer series. She has created a series of characters true to their time and their humanity. Characters who live, and die, according to their place in history, John Thoresby (who I actually came to like) or their time in the story line, Lucie’s father (who also grew on me.) My favorite character, though, is Magda Digby, who has been an anchor to many of the characters through most of the books. This story gave me insight into Magda’s history and has strengthened my liking of the character.
“This tale takes place during a time of pestilence, a matter of coincidence according to Robb, who started the book pre-Coronavirus. Her portrayal of the response to the pestilence by the folks in [York], informed by reports of those times, collided with my observations of people’s response to the epidemic today, and confirmed my view that our technology may differ, but that people haven’t changed much.
“I recommend this book (and every other book in the series). I got so engrossed I had to fight the urge to skip to the end and make sure every one was all right. It’s a good story told well that makes you do that. (I didn’t cheat. )” Cea
Coming 4 October 2022, Owen Archer 14, A Fox in the Fold
I am delighted to announce that there will be no delay between the UK publication and the US & Canada publications of the next Owen Archer, A FOX IN THE FOLD! Severn House will publish it in the US, UK, & Canada in hardcover & ebook on the same day–4 October!
Cover copy: October, 1376. Owen Archer is summoned by sheriff Sir Ralph Hastings regarding a stripped and bloodied body discovered on the road north to York. Could it be connected to an attack on a carter and his laborers who were transporting stone destined for St Clement’s Priory? The carter fled, but his men stayed to fight and are now missing. Is the victim one of them?
At first Owen believes the catalyst for murder and menace in York is the arrival of the political pariah William Wykeham, Bishop of Winchester. But he soon suspects that a formidable and skillful adversary from his past has arrived in the city, thrusting him and his family into grave danger, and his investigation becomes a race to uncover the truth before his old nemesis destroys all he holds dear.
I am so excited for you to read this book, which is, in some ways, a return to the origin story. No, not a prequel. You’ll see what I mean.
It’s already available for preorder–check with your favorite bookstores!