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Summary

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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  • 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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  • Kate P.
  • 20-09-18

adore

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

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Paul
  • 23-11-18

Excellent book.

Please find another qualified writer to continue this very entertaining series. We are so sad for the recent passing of Ms. Swinfen.

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  • Vannessa
  • 17-11-18

Fabulous

Just lovely. When is the next volume being published?. I may have to just start again listening to The Bookmaker's tale. Addictive!

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  • B. Randolph
  • 21-10-18

LOVE this series!

This series is charming and satisfying and I eagerly await the next volume when I finish the current one. The characters are real and noble without being cloying or saccharine. I’m not sure how I want the Nicholas-Emma relationship to progress; its slow movement has been tantalizing to just the right degree so I think I would prefer not to rush into marriage just yet. If readers enjoy this series as much as I do, let me recommend a couple of others in a similar style and just as charming: one is the Hugh de Singleton series by Mel Starr. The other is the Matthew Bartholomew series by Susannah Gregory.