Available from 30 April in the UK and 1 August in the US.
With A CONSPIRACY OF WOLVES, Severn House is delighted to welcome to the list the highly-acclaimed historical mystery writer Candace Robb who, after a 10-year gap, has chosen to return to the bestselling medieval mystery series that made her name. Set in late 14th-century York, A CONSPIRACY OF WOLVES is the 11th intricately-plotted mystery to feature former Captain of the Guard, Owen Archer, who last appeared in A VIGIL OF SPIES – and who, in this 11th series entry, is persuaded out of retirement to investigate the violent deaths of a father and son, both prominent citizens of York. Keen to dispel the wild rumours that wolves have returned to stalk human prey through the streets of the city, Owen sets out to prove that a human killer is responsible for the deaths. Teaming up with the writer Geoffrey Chaucer, who is in York on a secret mission on behalf of Prince Edward (the Black Prince), Owen’s enquiries will draw him headlong into a deadly conspiracy – and a battle for his own survival.
Or, begin at the beginning…
In the year of our Lord 1363, two suspicious deaths in the infirmary of St. Mary’s Abbey catch the attention of the powerful John Thoresby, Lord Chancellor of England and Archbishop of York. One victim is a pilgrim, while the second is Thoresby’s ne’er-do-well ward, both apparently poisoned by a physic supplied by Master Apothecary Nicholas Wilton. In the wake of these deaths, the archbishop dispatches one-eyed spy Owen Archer to York to find the murderer.
Under the guise of a disillusioned soldier keen to make a fresh start, Owen insinuates himself into Wilton’s apothecary as an apprentice. But he finds Wilton bedridden, with the shop being run by his lovely, enigmatic young wife, Lucie. As Owen unravels a tangled history of scandal and tragedy, he discovers at its center a desperate, forbidden love twisted over time into obsession. And the woman he has come to love is his prime suspect.