From Library Journal
When William of Wykeman, bishop of Winchester, fears reprisal after being blamed for the death of a local knight by his irate family, Owen Archer (A Spy for the Redeemer) must protect him. In the meantime, Owen copes with wife Lucie's overwhelming sorrow upon losing the child she was carrying. A nice addition to the series, with Robb's good character development and domestic detail, though the ending doesn't quite satisfy.
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Owen Archer returns to solve another medieval mystery grounded in the intrigue spawned by the bitter rivalry among King Edward III's sons. When William of Wykehani, bishop of Winchester and the former lord chancellor of England, travels to York bearing the heart of a local knight slain by the French, he fears his life is in grave danger. Accused by the knight's family of skimming the ransom they sent to free Sir Ranulf Pagnell, he barely escapes with his life when a piece of building material falls directly in his path. Assigned by Archbishop Thoresby to keep Wykeham safe, Owen is baffled when Wykeham's residence is engulfed in flames. With the help of his wife, Lucie, a gifted apothecary, he investigates the murder of an unknown woman unearthed in the ashes. Once again, Robb provides the reader with an evocative and suspenseful whodunit thoroughly bolstered by a wealth of authentic historical detail. Margaret FlanaganCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved