Oxford Medieval Mysteries

6 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 348 ratings

The Bookseller's Tale Summary

Oxford, Spring 1353. When young bookseller Nicholas Elyot discovers the body of student William Farringdon floating in the river Cherwell, it looks like a drowning. Soon, however, Nicholas finds evidence of murder. Who could have wanted to kill this promising student? As Nicholas and his scholar friend Jordain try to unravel what lies behind William's death, they learn that he was innocently caught up in a criminal plot. When their investigations begin to involve town, university, and abbey, Nicholas takes a risky gamble - and puts his family in terrible danger.

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  • Book 1

    • The Bookseller's Tale

    • Oxford Medieval Mysteries, Book 1
    • By: Ann Swinfen
    • Narrated by: Philip Battley
    • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 92
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 87
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 87

    Oxford, Spring 1353. When young bookseller Nicholas Elyot discovers the body of student William Farringdon floating in the river Cherwell, it looks like a drowning. Soon, however, Nicholas finds evidence of murder. Who could have wanted to kill this promising student? As Nicholas and his scholar friend Jordain try to unravel what lies behind William's death, they learn that he was innocently caught up in a criminal plot.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A vivid depiction of the past, with a mystery thrown in

    • By Michelle on 19-01-18

    Regular price: £19.39

  • Book 2

    • The Novice's Tale

    • Oxford Medieval Mysteries, Book 2
    • By: Ann Swinfen
    • Narrated by: Philip Battley
    • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 67
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 60
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 60

    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?

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • enjoyable

    • By Jennifer Chennell on 27-11-17

    Regular price: £18.79

  • Book 3

    • The Huntsman's Tale

    • Oxford Medieval Mysteries, Volume 3
    • By: Ann Swinfen
    • Narrated by: Philip Battley
    • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 55
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 50
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 49

    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?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Book 3 of a great series

    • By Shep's mummy on 06-10-18

    Regular price: £19.39

  • Book 4

    • The Merchant's Tale

    • Oxford Medieval Mysteries, Book 4
    • By: Ann Swinfen
    • Narrated by: Philip Battley
    • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 57
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 53
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 53

    Oxford, Autumn 1353. St. Frideswide's Fair is a great annual event in Oxford, bringing together merchants and buyers from all over England and Wales, and from as far away as Flanders and France. Yet the earnings from the fair, granted to the Priory of St. Frideswide centuries before, are resented by the town, and resentment can turn to violence. Under the unscrupulous Prior de Hungerford, even more trouble is brewing.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another Great Tale

    • By helen on 23-02-19

    Regular price: £23.49

  • Book 5

    • The Troubadour's Tale

    • Oxford Medieval Mysteries, Book 5
    • By: Ann Swinfen
    • Narrated by: Philip Battley
    • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 47
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 46
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 45

    When Nicholas Elyot and his friends set out to spend the Christmas season in the country, they are prepared for a hard journey in winter. They are also wary of violence on the road, for these are troubled times after the Great Pestilence, when bands of dispossessed and desperate men roam the countryside of England. It is not surprising, therefore, when the troubadours hired to provide entertainment at Leighton Manor are attacked in Wychwood. Yet why should this group draw the attention of outlaws, who are searching for something? Is one of the troubadours not quite what he seems?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great Story Well Read

    • By B. A. Chapman on 10-04-19

    Regular price: £22.89

  • Book 6

    • The Stonemason's Tale

    • Oxford Medieval Mystery Series, Book 6
    • By: Ann Swinfen
    • Narrated by: Philip Battley
    • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 29
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28

    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? 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • So Sad

    • By Rrrrrrrrrr on 26-10-18

    Regular price: £18.29