The Cross-legged Knight (Owen Archer, Bk 8)
The Cross-legged Knight - Owen Archer, Bk 8 Author:Candace Robb Owen Archer has little taste for feuds between powerful men now that his wife, Lucie, has lost the child she carried and seems to lose her will to live as well. Yet Owen cannot ignore the recent arrival of William of Wykeham, bishop of Winchester. For one thing, the bishop believes someone is trying to kill him, and Owen is given the job of keep... more »ing him safe. Wykeham has good reason to worry. The family of a local knight blames him for the nobleman's death in a French dungeon despite their offers of ransom.
Trying to make amends, Wykeham brings the heart of "the cross-legged knight" home for burial. But the family is not appeased, and the pompous churchman is not in York a fortnight before fire engulfs his town house. The bishop survives unharmed, but a servant is badly burned and a mysterious woman lies murdered among the ruins. Now caring for the wounded man in their own home, Lucie battles her inner demons while Owen fears a web of intrigue is entangling them all in the schemes of knights, bishops, even kings. His only hope is to set a trap so cunning that the killer -- no matter how important a personage -- cannot escape.« less
I like this series. shows what it was like to live in that time and not be super rich. just a working spy with a wife and kids. a boss that you have learned to like,a job you have learned to like and you do well with. you have friends and respect of your peers and peers of your boss.
hope candace writes more of this character.
Owen Archer historical mystery series #8. While Lucy is recovering from a serious fall and the miscarriage of her and Owen's third child, the one-eyed archer and archbishop's spy is busy trying to keep William of Wykeham, current bishop of Winchester, from coming to harm. When a fire nearly destroys a property the bishop owns and a woman is found dead in the fire, the bishop takes it personally and wants Owen to investigate. He does, and finds the woman was strangled before the fire ever got to her. A solid entry in one of my favorite medieval mystery series, though I do hope Lucy gets to feeling better emotionallyâher continual depression was quite a drag at times.