A Vigil of Spies
by Candace Robb

Will the Archbishop of York’s final days be spent in peace? As the race to be his successor gathers pace, Owen must catch a determined killer who dwells among the archbishop’s guests at Bishopthorpe Palace.

York, 1373:
While the Archbishop of York, John Thorseby, lies gravely ill, the Princess of Wales visits him at Bishopthorpe Palace with an entourage from the royal household.


Princess Joan’s presence in York gives the king’s enemies an opportunity to strike, but it seems that danger lies closer to home when one of her servants is discovered dead. Was it an accident, or does a murderer lurk among the guests?


As Owen investigates the other members of the princess’s travelling party, a heinous act is discovered in the palace woods. Someone is determined to influence the choice of Thoresby’s successor . . . Can Owen Archer catch the culprit and ensure that the archbishop’s final days are spent in peace?


“Meticulously researched, authentic and gripping”

Yorkshire Evening Post

“This is as full of intrigue as a Deighton or a Le Carré”


“As always, Candace Robb writes a powerful story intertwined with genuine characters of the day”

Historical Novels Review

“An absorbing picture of 14th-century Britain, which is rife with intrigue, rebellion and murder”

Publishers Weekly on A Spy For the Redeemer

“Fascinating . . . crisp, evocative writing . . . The tapestry here is rich and varied”

The Plain Dealer on A Spy For the Redeemer

“Robb reinforces her place among the top writers of medieval historicals”

Publishers Weekly Starred Review of The Fox in the Fold

“Gripping and believable . . . you can almost smell the streets of 14th-century York as you delve deeper into an engrossing plot”

Prima on The Riddle of St. Leonard's

Candace Robb

Candace Robb has read and researched medieval history for many years, having studied for a Ph.D. in Medieval & Anglo-Saxon Literature. She divides her time between Seattle and the UK, frequently visiting York to research the series. She is the author of eleven previous Owen Archer mysteries and three Kate Clifford medieval mysteries.

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A Vigil of Spies by Candace Robb is available in the following formats

Ebook978144831333423rd January 2024N/A256$6.99
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