Wednesday, 22 October 2008

The Guilt of Innocents - Candace Robb

This is Book 9 in the Owen Archer series of medieval murder mysteries by Candace Robb.

Winter 1372, York: a man has drowned in the River Ouse. It soon becomes clear that his death was not an accident...... but why would anyone want to kill a humble river pilot?
As the crowds around the murdered man thicken, one-eyed spy Owen Archer is quickly brought to the scene by his adoptive son, Jasper. Renowned for solving many crimes, Owen is immediately drawn into the case. But right from the start he realises that it isn't a simple question of one victim, as another body is found in the river, and one suspect. And when a valuable cross goes missing and a woman is badly burnt in mysterious circumstances, the web of deceit widens - so Owen and Jasper's lives are in danger as they get closer to the truth.

Although it's part of a series it is possible to read it as a stand alone, as I read Book 1, The Apothecary Rose, some time ago and have now read this one and soon picked up the main characters and their stories.

It was an enjoyable enough read but I was a little disappointed that I managed to guess who the murderer was about half way through the book......... I much prefer it when the suspense and guesswork carries on right through to the last chapter! It was also nice to see how the stories/lives of the main characters had developed from the first book so I might just make the effort to read the "in between" ones now. :0)

I've registered this with the Book Crossing site and am now offering it to anyone who would like it - if no one here is interested then I will do a wild release at some point.


Julie said...

I'll pass on this one Karan, thanks for the offer. x