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The Novice's Tale Audiobook

The Novice's Tale: Oxford Medieval Mysteries, Book 2

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When the novice Emma Thorgold goes missing from Godstow Abbey in the summer of 1353, the hunt is on throughout the Oxfordshire countryside. Bookseller Nicholas Elyot and scholar Jordain Brinkylsworth are anxious to help the girl, but her stepfather has other intentions. Why is he so determined to shut her away for life? Or worse? And will she be found unharmed?

©2016 Ann Swinfen (P)2017 Ann Swinfen

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  • M.S. Green
    06/06/17
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    "Simply Lovely"

    A beautifully told tale with great historic accuracy that brings to life the lives of the characters with quiet certainty

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Marcia
    GAINESVILLE, TX, United States
    21/08/17
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    "A Medieval Cozy"

    This second book in the series is interesting more for its historical detail than for its plot or characterisation. There is no mystery to solve as in The Bookseller's Tale; however, details of medieval monastic customs and the legal status of women carry the novel. Narration is excellent. This is a gentle book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Judith A. Weller
    LaVale, MD United States
    18/06/17
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    "Disappointing Second Book"

    I was very disappointed in this book. I had high hopes for the series after reading the first book. In a sense this book takes up the tale where the last book ended. While in the first book they solved the mystery of the murder of a young student at Oxford, in this book we are involved with his sister on the eve of taking her final vows at a nearby by convent.

    However there is not much mystery here. The story is mostly about finding a way to get the heroine, the Novice of the title, out of the convent. There are long periods of following her escape and the efforts of her relative to track her down with dogs. Much of the book is taken up with the escape and flight. I found that rather boring and uninteresting. Some of you may have a different view. But it did not suit me. However, it was well written and you certainly had a feel for what the Novice was experiencing.

    I hope that future books in the series will return to the murder/mystery theme of the first volume.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rebecca
    Seattle, WA, United States
    17/06/17
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    "Even better than the Bookseller's Tale"

    With interesting historical details, the Oxford mysteries follow a book seller in Oxford with a knack for sniffing out injustice. The murder in this one is only the introduction to the actual plot, it is a bit all over the place, but at the same time it fleshed out some recurring characters, revisited some from the first book, and introduced some new ones.
    I find the protagonist endearing, in part because he has very progressive ideas about women, he recognizes that the women in his personal experience are intelligent and capable human beings, and he insists his daughter be educated as well as any boy.
    So when he comes across a very fine example of an illustrated Book of Hours, with illuminated capitals and clever illustrations, he is less surprised than some to learn it was made by a young novice at a nearby abbey. When the body of a young student turns out to be the young woman's cousin, he is sent to notify her and a friendship begins. Soon though, his interest in this young novice maybe the only thing that saves her from a life of solitude and captivity, or even from murder.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nancy Wallace
    08/06/17
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    "Simple, but enjoyable, Medieval mystery."

    I listened to the first two books of this series almost without stopping. No great twists but a nice pace to reveal the developing plot.
    Only sorry the third book is not on audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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