Coming 11 December in trade paperback and e-book worldwide (English language)
Kate Clifford 3

Another Publishers Weekly starred review!

“Set in York in 1400, Robb’s superior third Kate Clifford mystery (after 2017’s A Twisted Vengeance) puts the redoubtable heroine in considerable peril. Richard II has been deposed and succeeded by his cousin, Henry IV. After Henry survives a plot to return the throne to Richard, the sovereign sees conspirators everywhere. Kate, who runs a guesthouse whose upper chambers are frequently rented to the wealthy for private assignations, finds herself between a rock and a hard place when an old friend, Lady Margery Kirkby, appears at her door seeking shelter. Lady Margery’s husband, Sir Thomas, sought to persuade Henry to improve the conditions of Richard’s imprisonment, but ended up branded an enemy of the crown and decapitated. Kate takes the new widow in, but the risks to herself increase after her former cook, who’s suspected of being a threat to Henry, is accused of murder. Robb effortlessly integrates the era’s intrigues into a whodunit framework and peoples the plot with a wide array of characters readers will come to care about.” 


Available in hardcover, trade paperback, and e-book worldwide (English language)
Kate Clifford 2

Publishers Weekly starred review!

“Lovers of Shakespeare’s Richard II will find Robb’s intricate sequel to 2016’s The Service of the Dead a particular treat, as it charts the course of Richard’s downfall and his cousin Henry of Bolingbroke’s rise through the fears and uncertainties of the residents of the city of York in July 1399. These anxieties are worsened by a series of strange deaths connected to the extended family of Kate Clifford, a fierce young widow struggling to cope with not only her own household of jostling servants and the recently arrived illegitimate children of her late husband but also the return of her quarrelsome mother, Eleanor, from Strasbourg with religious women in tow. The character of Clifford is compelling and finely drawn, and for those readers who are patient enough to manage an unusually large number of secondary characters, the answers to a series of mysteries, starting with the reason for an intruder’s attack on a beguine (or poor sister) in the middle of the night, are highly satisfying.”

Available in hardcover, trade paperback, and e-book worldwide (English language)Service of the Dead KD2b REV

Expertly recreating the social and political upheavals of late medieval Europe and the increasing power of the wealthy merchant class, acclaimed author Candace Robb introduces a new series starring Kate Clifford, a woman forged on the warring northern marches of fourteenth century England.

Political unrest permeates York at the cusp of the fifteenth century, as warring factions take sides on who should be the rightful king—Richard II or his estranged, powerful cousin in exile, Henry Bolingbroke. Independent minded twenty-year-old Kate Clifford is struggling to dig out from beneath the debt left by her late husband. Determined to find a way to be secure in her own wealth and establish her independence in a male dominated society, Kate turns one of her properties near the minster into a guest house and sets up a business. In a dance of power, she also quietly rents the discreet bedchambers to the wealthy, powerful merchants of York for nights with their mistresses.

But the brutal murder of a mysterious guest and the disappearance of his companion for the evening threatens all that Kate has built. Before others in the city hear word of a looming scandal, she must call upon all of her hard-won survival skills to save herself from ruin.


The Margaret Kerr  and Owen Archer mysteries–just released in e-books in the US and Canada!  Here are the new covers! Select each for links for purchase.

A Trust Betrayed (Small) - CopyThe Fire in the Flint (Small) (2)A Cruel Courtship (Small) (2)MargaretKerrOmnibus_cover (2)

The Apothecary Rose (Small)The Lady Chapel (Small) (2)The Nuns Tale (Small)The Kings Bishop (Small)A Gift of Sanctuary (Small)A Spy for the Redeemer (Small)The Guilt of Innocents (Small)

The Riddle of St (Small)

A Vigil of Spies (Small)



















I’ve also written two standalone historical novels about the women I discovered while researching the mysteries. I write these as EMMA CAMPION

Published in the US (Broadway Books) on 8 July 2014:

revised Triple Knot_cvr

a novel of Joan of Kent


US trade paperback

Crown 2010; Arrow 2010; Century 2009); a novel of Alice Perrers

23 thoughts on “Books”

  1. When is the next Owen Archer book going to be published?


    • Candace Robb said:

      I don’t know. Magda and Owen have been teasing me with a plot, but at the moment I’m focused on the non-crime novels. Sorry to be so vague, and thank you for your interest!


  2. I really love your Owen Archer books, and have read all of them except for A Vigil of Spies. I tried to get A Vigil of Spies from my library. Since they didn’t have it, I applied for an Inter Library Loan, where my library will search libraries across the U.S. for a particular book. My library said they could not locate the book at another U.S. library. Has A Vigil of Spies been published in the U.S. yet? If not, will it it be, and -if so – when? I’m sad that there is not another Owen Archer book in the works for the near future. Hopefully one day….


    • Neither The Guilt of Innocents (book 9) or A Vigil of Spies (book 10) have been published in the US. There’s always hope! Meanwhile, many independent bookstores that specialize in crime fiction carry the UK paperbacks–here in Seattle, you can usually find them at Seattle Mystery Bookshop and at the University Bookstore.

      Thank you so much for your note, Gerrie.


  3. Thanks so much for answering me. I will definitely check out the bookstores you mention, as well as other independent book stores.


  4. Sandra McGuigan said:

    I have just re- read the Owen Archer series again and loved each book just as much as ever. My favourite story was Owens journey back into Wales. I visit Wales a lot as my Father lives there and find its history facinating. Owens battle with his loyalty to his country of birth and his loyalty to his King, Thoresby and Lucie was very real to me.
    I have just finished the Vigil of Spies and wept at the passing of John Thoresby. I am so interested as to where Owen goes from here. The possibilities that would come from being Spy for the Princess Joan seem intriguing !!
    I enjoyed these books immensely and hope that there will be more to come. I am not ready to leave Owen and Lucie yet !!

    Thank you for many hours of very happy reading.


  5. Hi There!

    I wanted to know when and if you are going to continue your Margaret Kerr series?



    • Candace Robb said:

      I do feel as if I left Maggie up in the air. Right now my Scotland research is packed away, but I do think about her.

      Maddeningly vague, I know, but honest!

      Thank you for your interest.


  6. Lindragon said:

    I have read all of the Owen Archer books at least twice, and I thoroughly enjoyed them. Recently, I have been imagining them as films, starring the actor Rufus Sewell.
    Have you thoughts of making them into screenplays?
    I look forward to more of Owen, having read the other comments, and your replies.
    Kind regards,


  7. John Leland said:

    My sister-in-law recently discovered the Owain Archer books, read Apothecary Rose and told me what she wanted for her birthday was The Lady Chapel. I cheerfully told her that I was going to go to the Medieval Congress at Kalamazoo and should be able to get a copy there –hopefully autographed, as I knew you had attended the congress in the past. To my chagrin, you were not present and it was hard for me to find any of the books, though I finally found a copy of The Cross-legged Knight. Do you know where I could purchase an autographed copy of The Lady Chapel? I would cheerfully pay whatever the going rate would be.
    John Leland


  8. Heike James said:

    A warm Hello from Germany.

    I really like the “Owen Archer” series. When is the next Owen Archer book (I´ve got six so far) available in German, otherwise I´ll have to get the english versions? It´s been years since I bought the last Archer book. You can get hooked on it. And what about your other books, are they available in Germany?

    Kind regards

    Heike James


    • Dear Heike, The King’s Mistress (published under my pseudonym, Emma Campion) was published in Germany, but as far as I know there are no current plans to publish the additional 4 Owen Archer novels in Germany. I’m hoping this will change! Thank you for writing. Candace


  9. Karen Gold said:

    When is the next Owen Archer book (A Woman’s Worth) going to be published? My Dad and I are keen readers of the series and have been waiting an eternity for the next in the series. My Dad is 81 and lives in France now and I still live in Scotland, but we swop the books backward and forwards and re-read them. We are ever hopeful of the publication of the next book.


    • Ah, the question of the season. I’ve been sidetracked with my first book in the Joan of Kent set, so Magda, Lucie, Bess and Alisoun are pacing on the sidelines. I’ve no idea when it will be published. Check back here for updates. Thank you for your kind words!


  10. Hello Candace

    Any more thoughts on finishing Margaret Kerr’s story? I’ve just re-read them, having discovered them in a box, and would really like to know what happens!


    PS I have read all your other books too, I really like them all!


    • Ah, Maggie and me. “Had we but world enough, and time….” As I unpacked and shelved my collections of Scots history I thought about taking the three books and reworking them as a prelude to a historical fantasy series. I do like that idea. That’s as far as I’ve gotten, a fresh take on it. Thank you for your interest!


  11. Antoine Ewald said:

    Why isn’t it possible to purchase your two last books as e-book (for Kindle) in Luxemburg (


  12. Please, waiting for Margaret Kerr #4! Just ripped thru 1-3. Thanx.


    • So glad you enjoyed the Margaret Kerrs. Try my Kate Clifford mysteries, The Service of the Dead and A Twisted Vengeance! If you liked Maggie, I think you’ll love Kate. Thank you for reading!


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