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Servant of Death

Bradecote and Catchpoll
Narrated by: Matt Addis
Series: Bradecote and Catchpoll, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
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Summary

The much-feared and hated Eudo - the Lord Bishop of Winchester's clerk - is bludgeoned to death in Pershore Abbey and laid before the altar in the attitude of a penitent. Everyone who had contact with him had reason to dislike him, but who had reason to kill him?

The Sheriff of Worcestershire's thief taker, wily Serjeant Catchpoll, and his new and unwanted superior, Undersheriff Hugh Bradecote, have to find the answer. And as the claustrophobic walls of the abbey close in on the suspects, the killer strikes again....

©2014 Sarah Hawkswood (P)2017 Isis Publishing Ltd

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Possibly the new Ellis Peters

Great book a perfect blend of PD James and Ellis Peters. There is real promise with these novels i can only hope they live up to it.

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I found it difficult to get into...

I picked this because of some excellent reviews and an obvious similarity to Ellis Peters/Cadfael. Having got to the end, I think that, overall, it was a good story, but it took me a very long time to get into it. I must have restarted the book at least three times, giving up each time because of the slow start to this story, although I did like the voice characterisations of the Narrator a lot.

I'm glad that I persisted as turns out to be a good yarn, but it definitely took effort and commitment to get to the end. I listen almost exclusively in the car, whilst driving, and I like stuff that has a little bit of pace and keeps me interested. I think this needed too much effort in the listening to get into, and I don't have that while driving.

I'd like to say I'd try this author again, but I'll definitely leave it a while before I do...

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  • Marie
  • 12-08-17

Medieval armchair mystery

Not a lot happens even though four people are killed. We don't see any of the murders and much of the book is taken up by interviews of a long list of suspects. each of the suspects is in turn determined to be the killer, only to have our two law enforcement officers spend more time discussing why their conclusions are wrong, and then move on to the next suspect. i almost stopped after the first chapter which felt like a stream of consciousness introduction to the cast of characters. the author moves from one to the next so rapidly, they began to run together.

The narrator improved as he went along. His individual voices were fine but his narration lacked was flat in the beginning.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 30-04-19

loved it

I thought the same as Bradecote. LOVED the way the possible suspects were dealt with. Good narrator, story well told. Enough history to be well set in the period, no obvious errors that I found on the historical accuracy -- but you aren't hit over the head about "THIS IS IN THE PAST" as some historical mysteries do. And I liked the two main characters --believable. Good people with flaws without any mystifying powers, magic, etc. As soon as I finished this one, I bought the next one. Hope that there are more after that.

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  • Jennifer Olson
  • 06-11-17

it was just ok.

Second half was better, but just didn't connect with any of the characters. I like Sgt. Catchpoll. Matt Addis was so soothing in his narration at the beginning that I was getting drowsy listening. not sure I will listen to second book or not.