The Apothecary Rose by Candace Robb

The Apothecary Rose

Owen Archer #1

Candace Robb

319 pages first pub 1993 (editions)

fiction historical mystery adventurous mysterious slow-paced


Once the king's captain of archers, now he must penetrate a poisoner's secrets...Christmastide, 1363-and, at an abbey in York, two pilgrims die mysteriously dead of an herbal remedy. Suspicious, the Archbishop sends for Owen Archer, a Welshman wit...

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Community Reviews Summary of 173 reviews


mysterious 75%
adventurous 37%
dark 25%
tense 25%
funny 12%
lighthearted 12%
relaxing 12%


medium 55%
slow 33%
fast 11%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 42% | Plot: 42% | Character: 14%

Strong character development?

No: 55% | It's complicated: 22% | Yes: 22%

Loveable characters?

It's complicated: 55% | Yes: 33% | No: 11%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 66% | Yes: 33%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 50% | No: 37% | It's complicated: 12%

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