the lady chapel book coverReviewed by Caleb Shadis

The Lady Chapel is the second book in the Owen Archer mystery series and I enjoyed reading this one just as much as the first! The story transports you back to York, England in the 1360’s and helps you understand what it was like living back then.

It has been a little while since the previous adventure, and now Owen and Lucie are married. They are running Lucie’s apothecary and Owen is still her apprentice. Owen is feeling a little bored when a summons comes from the Archbishop. He is both intrigued and annoyed. He is secretly looking forward to a change of pace, but on the other hand he hates being beholden to the Archbishop (or anyone for that matter) and expects more time than he cares for will be spent away from his wife.

Turns out a member of the guild of wool merchants was brutally murdered and his hand removed inside the Archbishop’s jurisdiction; the whole ordeal was witnessed by a little boy. The murdered man was courting the boy’s mother and shortly after his mother died as well. The orphan feared the murderers coming for him since he was the only witness and decided to disappear.

While Owen is receiving his assignment, Bess, the innkeeper next door to Lucie’s apothecary, brings in a severed hand, assuming it is the missing hand of the victim. The hand was found in the room of another wool merchant who paid for his lodging and left that morning.

Owen has his hands full trying to find the murderer and there are not many clues, on top of the fact that the only witness to the deed disappeared. Owen spends some time interviewing several people who knew the victim best and would have the best idea of who would have a grudge against him.

When the next victim turns up, it looks to be a bit bigger plot. Unfortunately, the second victim is a much more important person who made some real enemies in the wool trade. Some of these enemies are very powerful people indeed…

I really enjoyed reading this book and I have the next several sitting on my shelf waiting to be read! I’ll be reviewing them as I finish them. These are great mostly cozy mysteries that take place in 14th century England. Good author, fun stories–I definitely recommend the series!

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Caleb is a software engineer and amateur woodworker living in southern Minnesota. He has more hobbies than he has time or money for, and enjoys his quiet time reading.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Candace Robb. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.