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Oxford, late summer, 1353. On hearing that his cousin is short-handed for the harvest, Nicholas Elyot takes a group of friends back to the family farm to help. When a deer hunt in Wychwood ends in tragedy, suspicion is directed toward the huntsman, a boyhood friend of Nicholas. But the victim has made many other enemies, any one of whom could have shot the fatal arrow. Can Nicholas uncover the real killer before it is too late?

©2017 Ann Swinfen (P)2017 Ann Swinfen

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Murder most gentle!

I love these books. Beautifully written and researched, they conjure up the Middle Ages and Oxford wonderfully. Brilliant series. I really don’t want them to end.

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enjoyable

this are enjoyable non taxing tales i would advise they were read in order otherwise some parts would be a bit disjointed.

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  • 19-10-17

Excellent Medieval Mystery

I enjoyed C.J. Sansom’s mystery series featuring Matthew Shardlake and was sad when I finished the last book. Now I’ve discovered Ann Swinfen and am enjoying her series even more.
The story line is compelling: a bookseller becomes involved in a murder investigation in England during the 1300’s. The characters are not only believable but very likable.
The pace is good with a good amount of action but not too much. The ending was excellent and made sense though it did surprise me, which is perfect in a mystery tale.
The narrator did a fine job and didn’t get in the way of the story.

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  • Krista Faxon Atkeson
  • 18-08-17

Great story and narration!

I was so pleased to see that the third story in the series was now available on audible.com. Philip Battley is one of my favorite narrators. He makes the characters and story come to life. I'll be eagerly waiting for the next book in the Oxford Medieval Mysteries.

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  • sslarigo
  • 17-01-18

Excellent series! Great characters & history

I have really loved this series. The third book continues with characters you can like and villains you can hate, but still sympathize with as well. The flavor of the era is really unique and I feel like I am getting a history lesson in between a good mystery. This book ends with a twist and I found it to be thoroughly engaging and satisfying . On to book four!

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  • Pood
  • 13-11-17

Modern yet Medieval

Very engaging story and characters. I am eager for the next books. I enjoy reading these books because I feel I learn about history and enjoy a good story too.

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  • Susan
  • 17-10-17

Keep reading, it gets better after a while.

This begins very, very slowly. A lot of time is spent getting organized and traveling to the farm. I think the murder doesn't occur until halfway through the book. It doesn't help that the narrator speaks somewhat slowly, as if every sentence is important. I don't remember noting that in the previous book. The reader knows who's the killer before the hero does. But I enjoyed the descriptions of country life at the time, and learning something of the character's youthful history. And the scene at the very end was a surprise.