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I've been a fan of murder-mysteries for many years and when I first joined Audible, I naturally looked for something in that genre. I hadn't discovered Candace Robb's work before so it was a very pleasant surprise to find out that The Apothecary Rose was well written, well researched and well read by Stephen Thorne.
It's set in and around 14th century York and follows Owen Archer (a former soldier) as he investigates several unnatural deaths. As is to be expected in this genre, there is some violence and this is combined with some sex and passion. Candace Robb leaves readers in no doubt about the appalling squalor of the times and this all helped me to feel that I was steeping back in time to be alongside the book's characters. Throughout the book, I found enough drama and excitement to make me want to know what came next; if it had been a traditional paper book it would have been one of those that was difficult to put down but as an audio-bok I found myself listening until the early hours of the morning.
Stephen Thorne's voice seems to be well suited to the subject and he manages to put enough stress and inflection into his reading to make the main characters clearly distinguishable without turning it into some sort of one-man play.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed The Apothecary Rose and I've already recommended it to several friends. There are many more titles in what has become a very successful series following Owen Archer's life as an investigator and all those I've tried have been excellent.
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If you are a fan of the medieval-ish period and who done its then I highly recommend this audio book. Good plot and well read.
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