Canongate-owned Severn House has acquired a new Owen Archer novel by Candace Robb, a decade since the last novel in the medieval mystery series was published.
Publisher Kate Lyall Grant has acquired world English rights in A Conspiracy of Wolves from Jennifer Weltz at the Jean V Naggar Agency. Severn House plans to publish the UK hardcover edition on 30th April 2019, and it will be released on 1st August 2019 in the USA and in e-book.
Following what is said to have been widespread demand from her fans, Candace Robb is returning to the bestselling medieval mystery series that made her name. Tthe novel is the 11th in the Owen Archer series set in late 14th-century York, with the series first published by Arrow in 1993, with the last instalment published 10 years ago.
Billed by Severn as ""intricately-plotted”, it follows the violent deaths of a father and son, both prominent citizens of York, instigating wildfire rumours that wolves have returned to stalk human prey in the Forest of Galtres and the streets of the city. Brought out of retirement to investigate, Owen Archer’s initial doubts that wolves are responsible for the killings would appear to be vindicated as he uncovers evidence of a sinister conspiracy.
Lyall Grant said: “Having long been a fan of Candace Robb’s wonderfully atmospheric, impeccably researched Owen Archer mysteries, I couldn’t be more thrilled to be welcoming her to the list, and gratified that she has chosen to come to Severn House with her brilliant new novel. We’re very much looking forward to reintroducing Owen to his legions of fans – as well as attracting many more.”
Robb says: “I couldn’t be happier about returning to the gang in 14th century York—Owen, Lucie, Magda, Bess, Alisoun, and Brother Michaelo are all so dear to me. And what better publisher to handle us all with loving care and an appreciation for historical mysteries than Severn House, with Kate Lyall Grant at the helm? I’m delighted."