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#BlogTour | A Conspiracy of Wolves (Owen Archer Series #11) by @CandaceMRobb #AConspiracyOfWolves #Review @HFVTB #HFVTBBlogtours

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Hello my wonderful readers! I have the huge pleasure to be todays stop on the brilliant blog tour for; A Conspiracy of Wolves by Candace Robb, I am so excited to be sharing my review of this amazing book with you, plus there is a chance to win a hard copy at the end of this post. So, grab a cuppa, make yourself comfortable, you know what I’m like when I start babbling.

A Conspiracy of Wolves by Candace Robb

Publication Date: August 1, 2019
Severn House/Crème de la Crime
Hardcover & eBook; 256 Pages

Series: Owen Archer, Book 11
Genre: Historical Mystery

 

 

When a prominent citizen is murdered, former Captain of the Guard Owen Archer is persuaded out of retirement to investigate in this gripping medieval mystery.

1374. When a member of one of York’s most prominent families is found dead in the woods, his throat torn out, rumours spread like wildfire that wolves are running loose throughout the city. Persuaded to investigate by the victim’s father, Owen Archer is convinced that a human killer is responsible. But before he can gather sufficient evidence to prove his case, a second body is discovered, stabbed to death. Is there a connection? What secrets are contained within the victim’s household? And what does apprentice healer Alisoun know that she’s not telling?

Teaming up with Geoffrey Chaucer, who is in York on a secret mission on behalf of Prince Edward, Owen’s enquiries will draw him headlong into a deadly conspiracy.

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My goodness, just how brilliant is this book? Full disclosure; I was at first a bit tentative about reviewing this, mainly because with it being book eleven in the Owen Archer series, I did worry that I had come into the series way too late to truly be able to enjoy it, I didn’t know if the previous stories were linked in anyway or if I would be missing out on anything by not reading the previous ten books; but I loved the sound of this so much that I just went for it and oh, boy am I pleased that I did, this is amazing – how has this series past be by for so long? H

I really didn’t need to worry about not enjoying it or not being able to follow the story, if I didn’t know this was apart of a series, I would have read it like a stand-a-lone, but saying that I am eager to read more of Owen Archer – who is a stunning hero, my god how much have a fallen head over heels for this one eyed, marksman and medieval detective? Be still my beating heart, it is definitely a moment for a #DoubleSigh 😉

Set during the 14th century in York, after the brutal death of Hoban Swann; a member from one of the most prominent families in York, Hoban’s father asks Owen Archer to help and investigate what happened. Owen is currently grieving after a friends death, but not knowing where his future lays, Owen accepts the case. It first appears as though the victim has been attacked by something dog or wolf like, as his wounds could only come from such a savage beast, yet Owen has other idea’s, from his first look over the body he soon realises that the killer must be human, and then when another body is discovered and Owen thinks that these two attacks must be connected some how…but how? – Well, I ain’t going to tell you, am I? 😉 So with his friend Geoffrey Chaucer (Yes, the very one, and no not the Paul Bettany one either ;-)) honestly, Chaucer is a hoot, the way he irritates the hell out of Owen with his constant babbling and writing is very funny, there is quite a bit of one eye rolling from Owen.

I do love the relationship between Owen and Chaucer, when I first met them I would never have thought that they would have such a great if odd friendship, I don’t know if Chaucer has been a constant fixture thought the series, but from this I would say he has because there is such a ease between them, I really love how these two are written a fictional character and a real man from history good friends. I love it.

As the investigation progresses Owen think that healers apprentice Alisoun knows far more then what she says and going from the way the story opened I would have to agree with him, I do really like Alisoun, she is a interesting character she is trying to learn the ways of the healer and yet she is unsure of how to make her own way in that world, I love how her character develops through the story.

Anyone who follows my reviews will have an idea of what the book is like, as I am a bit of a creature of habit and do tend to stick very closely to what I like, I love a good historical mystery, I love following the investigation and trying to guess where the story is leading some times you can guess where there the investigation is going, but this one took me by surprise. I first though this person was involved then quickly changing my mind to that person – honestly I would have found most of the cast of characters guilty for something, and then; boom this mind-blowing ending that made me sit back and go “Woah, that was unexpected!”

Overall this is a seriously great, edge of your seat, page turning mystery that grabs you from that very first sentence. It has a real edginess to it that is not for the faint hearted, the writing is some of the best I have come across it is very clear that Candace Robb has a passion for the era and these stories, as you can feel it in the words the details are incredibly accurate everything from the clothing to the dialogue is bang on the mark with historical accuracy. While reading and as you delve deeper and deeper into the mystery you feel the tension that swirls around Owen’s shoulders as he tries to find out what is going on, and for me that is the perfect historical, I love that realism.

A brutally, realistic and edgy mystery that you won’t wish to end.

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About the Author

I’m Candace Robb, a writer/historian engaged in creating fiction about the late middle ages with a large cast of characters with whom I enjoy spending my days. Two series, the Owen Archer mysteries and the Kate Clifford mysteries, are set in late medieval York. The Margaret Kerr trilogy is set in early 14th century Scotland, at the beginning of the Wars of Independence. Two standalone novels (published under pseudonym Emma Campion) expand on the lives of two women in the court of King Edward III who have fascinated me ever since I first encountered them in history and fiction.

I am a dreamer. Writing, gardening, walking, dancing, reading, being with friends—there’s always a dreaming element.

Website | Facebook | Twitter  | BookBub

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Blog Tour Schedule

Do check out the other blogs which are participating in the blog tour.

Thursday, August 1
Review at Book Frolic
Excerpt at Books In Their Natural Habitat

Friday, August 2
Review at A Book Geek

Saturday, August 3
Feature at The Writing Desk

Monday, August 5
Feature at Book Addict Rambles

Tuesday, August 6
Excerpt at Broken Teepee
Review at Chicks, Rogues and Scandals

Wednesday, August 7
Interview at Bookish Rantings

Thursday, August 8
Guest Post at Reading the Past
Review at Hoover Book Reviews

Friday, August 9
Feature at I’m All About Books
Excerpt at Myths, Legends, Books & Coffee Pots

Saturday, August 10
Feature at Clarissa Reads it All

Sunday, August 11
Excerpt at A Darn Good Read

Monday, August 12
Excerpt at Just One More Chapter
Review & Interview at Gwendalyn’s Books

Tuesday, August 13
Review at Passages to the Past

Wednesday, August 14
Guest Post at Words and Peace
Excerpt at Historical Fiction with Spirit

Thursday, August 15
Review at Coffee and Ink
Review at Book Reviews from Canada

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Giveaway

During the Blog Tour, we are giving away a Hardcover copy of A Conspiracy of Wolves by Candace Robb! To enter, please use the Gleam form here : Conspiracy of Wolves

Giveaway Rules

– Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm EST on August 15th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
– Giveaway is open to the US only.
– Only one entry per household.
– All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspicion of fraud will be decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion.
– The winner has 48 hours to claim prize or a new winner is chosen.

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#Review | No Stone Unturned (The Lucy Lawrence Mysteries #1) by Pam Lecky #NoStoneUnturned #TheLucyLawrenceMysteries #HistoricalFiction #VictorianMystery @pamlecky

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Hello my lovely friends! Today I have the huge pleasure to be sharing my review of the amazing book with you all, I can tell you now that everyone is going to be talking about The Lucy Lawrence Mysteries….if you love the likes of Sherlock Holmes or Ripper Street, with a brilliant leading lady, then this is the book you need to read. So grab yourself a cuppa and let me introduce you to Lucy Lawrence.

A suspicious death, stolen gems and an unclaimed reward: who will be the victor in a deadly game of cat and mouse?

London October 1886: Trapped in a troubled marriage, Lucy Lawrence is ripe for an adventure. But when she meets the enigmatic Phineas Stone, over the body of her husband in the mortuary, her world begins to fall apart.

When her late husband’s secrets spill from the grave, and her life is threatened by the leader of London’s most notorious gang, Lucy must find the strength to rise to the challenge. But who can she trust and how is she to stay out of the murderous clutches of London’s most dangerous criminal?

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Before I share my review, check out the Trailer for No Stone Unturned, I love it!

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My, oh my!! What a fantastic book, my goodness I absolutely loved it!! I couldn’t put it down, I was turning the pages at lightning speed, I was completely gripped by the drama that was unfolding before my eyes. Honestly I don’t think I have the adequate words to fully describe just how blooding brilliant this book is, I feel like I have been waiting my whole life for this book and here it is and it is amazing!

So this is the first of this whole new series; The Lucy Lawrence Mysteries – I think the series title itself, gives it away why I love this book so much – I am hoping that this will be a long running series, as I can see many adventures a head of Lucy and off course Phin… I can’t wait for more, I am not the most patient of people so waiting for the second instalment is going to be pure agony, I will just have to re-read this one.

London 1886, Lucy Lawrence is not quite happily married, she has a adventuresome and wild soul and doesn’t do well with sitting at home knitting, but seeing as they are practically broke and because of her marriage her family have cut her off she is a bit stuck. Then she gets the worst news that any woman could get, her husband Charlie has been found dead in what is said to be a tragic accident; he apparently fell under the wheels of a coach. But the more trouble part of this is he was supposed to be in Scotland, so why was he in London? Which is when she meets charming and intriguing Mr Phineas Stone, who is far more then he appears. Phin is brilliant, he is a perfect mysterious hero; dashing, intriguing, intelligent, he is more then just the handsome investigator, but where does this charmer come in? Secrets and lies start spilling, one thing leads to another and Lucy is stuck in the midst of a theft investigation and ends up with one of the most ruthless London gangsters after her. But why is this Mr Marsh after her? What has her late husband got to do with it all and more importantly who does she trust?

I instantly liked Lucy, she is a one of those characters that you can’t help but like, she has been through the mill our Lucy, but she has such a strength of character, she has a adventurers heart and a whip smart mind that you can see turning and she shines when the investigation really gets going. I love the hint of a romance, and the ending does intrigue make you wonder about what will happen in the future between them.

The tension in every scene ripples, you feel everything it is a like a mist swirling around, your not sure what is going on, like Lucy you are only seeing snippets through the fog which builds up as the story goes along, and then boom, like a steam train the intrigue and the mysteries start unravelling and your like; “Woah, is this really happening? Where did that come from?”

This is a stunning book, the story is a edge of your seat game of cat and mouse, it has everything you would ever want from a historical; fantastic characters, thrilling heart stopping chases, excitement, a dash of a romance, intrigue and its deeply atmospheric. Each scene is so perfectly detailed the reader literally falls into the book, it’s like your standing in the Victorian era with Lucy. As the story is written in Lucy’s point of view, the reader goes on the same journey of discovery as her, it really is brilliantly engaging.

Honestly, I cannot say enough great things about this, It is definitely one of the best books of the year with out a doubt!

I don’t usually give my reviews rating’s, I prefer my review to speak for it’s self and to show what I thought of a book, but this is the rare exception, this is far more then a mere 5 star book this is a whopping 10 star….can you have 10 stars? Well I am giving this a 10 star rating!

If you love your historical, if you love a good old fashioned mystery, with a brilliant heroine then this is the book you need to read, I am telling you now this will end up being a classic.

This was an Arc copy via the author in exchange for an honest review, thank you so much Pam. X

You can grab a copy of No Stone Untuned now from Amazon, and I highly recommend that you do!