The Nun’s Tale
by Candace Robb

God’s will or the Devil’s work? Owen Archer investigates a young runaway nun who claims to have been resurrected, setting a series of dark discoveries and violent deaths in motion.

York, 1365.
Dame Joanna Calverley of Leeds fled St. Clement’s Priory with its precious relic – the milk of the Virgin – and died of fever soon after in Beverley.


Joanna is dead and buried . . . isn’t she? Not according to housemaid Maddy, who finds Joanna in her master’s house almost a year after her burial. Joanna claims to have risen from the dead and is seeking to return to the convent with the relic. Why did she disappear? Where is Will Longford, the master of the house? And how is the trail of death and destruction that follows linked to her supposed resurrection?


As Owen attempts to make sense of Joanna’s troubled riddles, he unravels a dark family secret and the shocking truth behind the nun’s tale.


“[An] engrossing tale…imbued with the flavor of English medieval life, Robb’s story melds true events with fiction to create a gripping historical mystery”

Publishers Weekly

“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

“Meticulously researched, authentic and gripping”

Yorkshire Evening Post on Vigil of Spies

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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The Nun’s Tale by Candace Robb is available in the following formats

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