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The Cross-Legged Knight - Candace Robb - Bogormen
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The Cross-Legged Knight - Candace Robb
Title: The Cross-Legged Knight (An Owen Archer Mystery)
Author: Candace Robb
Genre: Historical fiction
Rating: 3/5
# pages: 361
Date read: August, 2009

England 1371: a solemn convoy wends its way into York. William of Wykeham, Bishop of Winchester, is bringing home the remains of Sir Ranulf Pagnell. But the Pagnell family holds the bishop responsible for Sir Ranulf's death.

An accident in the grounds of York Minster nearly kills the bishop. Then, only a few days later, his townhouse is found ablaze. When the body of a young woman is discovered in the undercroft of the house, scandal threatens to destroy Wykeham.

The one-eyed spy Own Archer is called to the scene and immediately starts asking questions. Was the fire an accident or arson? Was the woman trapped or the fire started to conceal a corpse? When it appears the dead woman was a midwife known to many of the city's women, including Lucie, Owen's wife, his quest becomes personal.

This book had been on my to-read list for so long, that I no longer have any recollection why it made it on there in the first place. Somebody must have recommended it to me, and I'm a bit puzzled as to why, as it turned out (half way through the book) that it's the 8th book in a series!!! Thankfully the books seem to be only very loosely connected, so the lack of a background didn't matter too much.

It was an okay story, but I'm really not big on whodunnits, so it only gets an "average" rating from me. I also felt that the climax and the conclusion were poorly done and not compelling enough to warrant 300 pages' worth of build-up.

While I may check out some of the author's other works, I doubt I'll be reading more in this series.

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