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Oxford, Spring - 1354. 

When the series of accidents to the building of the chapel at Queen’s College begin, they do not appear a cause for concern, but they grow more serious, and stonemasons are injured. Nicholas Elyot becomes involved after it is discovered that an intruder has reached the college by way of his garden. When Jordain Brinkylsworth’s youngest student goes missing, it seems at first that his disappearance is unconnected, yet he is one of the ‘poor boys’ supported by Queen’s. Surely this serious and studious boy cannot be responsible for the troubles? 

And then someone is killed.

©2018 Ann Swinfen (P)2018 Ann Swinfen

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So Sad

Unfortunately Ann Swinfen passed away on 4th August 2018, and so there will be no further mysteries for our beloved bookseller. I am so sad. I have grown to love Nicholas so much, along with his family, friends, and the "will they - Won't they" love story with the Lady Emma. She leaves us a series of six wonderful books, full of life, full of history, full of great adventures I guess the Author has left us forever wanting more.

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Book 6 as good as those before

What am I to do now book 6 has finished with many loose ends, I hope this means another book is to come. If you are reading this I can only say this is a superb book in a series of superb books.

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Good story

This is the last in the series and a good story for fans. The actual mystery tends tp take a back seat at times. There are unanswered questions to the characters lives as Mrs. Swinfen died before completing the story arc. Very sad. Philip Battley does a good job narrating for the most part, sometimes his voice characterisations are muddled and difficult to discern who the speaker is. It is clear that this story was not meant to be the series finale, but worth a listen.

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Fairly Good

This book does waffle on a bit, but is a good follow up in the series. I did like it. But sadly, we shall never know if Nicholas and Emma were able to get married.

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  • N. Brown
  • 19-09-18

With heavy heart...

I write this last review of the final installment in the Oxford Medieval Mystery series. Ann Swinfen died unexpectedly, just after this book was published. This book met all my expectations and more. It was bittersweet reading, first, then listening to Philip Battley’s wonderful narration of the story. All of the excitement, intrigue, and heartwarming storytelling she put into every book I’ve read by her, was present. She must have been an incredible lecturer because every one I’ve read, always teaches me something about Oxford during the 1500s, just after the pestilence. I swear she could make instructions for changing a flat tire interesting!! And this time it was building such structures as Churches, Castles and other large buildings. Her characters came to life for me with every book — filled with excitement and intrigue. What a wonderful writer and gifted storyteller she was!! If you love Medieval mysteries, like Cadfael, you’ll love Ann Swinfen ‘s books. Her enthusiasm for whatever time she was writing about came through time and again. My heartfelt sympathy to her husband, family, and friends. And my thanks to Ann Swinfen for sharing these wonderful tales with us.

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  • K.P.
  • 20-09-18

adore

Love this series. new books cannot come fast enough. reader is amazing. love love love.

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  • Gail Jester
  • 25-09-18

Such a good story

Love this book as I have loved all of Ann’s books. I am so sad we will not know what happens with these beloved characters.

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  • Lynda Petty
  • 28-09-18

great series

Loved it. This is a great series. I can't wait for the next book to come out.

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  • sslarigo
  • 22-09-18

Another Terrific installment!

This is clearly a transitional book, but that doesn't detract from a great story with characters that you can care about. I really love the historical details and feel like a part of the times with all of the Bookseller's tales. I am looking forward to the next book!

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  • shireen c. mason
  • 05-01-20

hope for more

we hope for more because the story is not over yet. when will there be another? soon i hope. anon

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  • AKowalczyk
  • 11-10-19

Another wonderful Oxford Tale!

I thoroughly enjoyed this volume. I love Philip Bartley’s narration! I always enjoy learning about another aspect of Medieval English life through the eyes of these wonderful characters!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-09-19

Loved the series and was looking forward to the next episode!

Loved the series and was looking forward to the next episode! Sorry to hear of Ann’s death.

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  • prc
  • 18-06-19

Excellent series

It is always sad to come to the end of a series. It comes to early the story.

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  • M.
  • 19-04-19

Slower then previous stories.

I have truly enjoyed the series, but this installment seemed to move a bit slower and repeated and presented various facts too often for my liking. The author has a great insightfulness and ideas about the time period, but just seemed to linger and cover areas of the storyline slower and more often then usual, tried my patience and at times it was ' I am waiting for it to get better.