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The Bookseller's Tale

Oxford Medieval Mysteries, Book 1
Narrated by: Philip Battley
Series: Oxford Medieval Mysteries, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
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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.

©2016 Ann Swinfen (P)2017 Ann Swinfen

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brilliantly written

highly enjoyable and beautifully written and narrated. Will download the next chapter immediately. Thank you

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A joy to read

A lovely story, well narrated. Ann Swinfen brings 14th Century Oxford to life with very real characters and interesting history of story writing, parchment making and book binding.

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  • Marcheta
  • 07-04-2017

Held my interest, excellent historical background

This is my kind of book. The story depended on a well-drawn world of a medieval bookseller and his relationship with Oxford instructors and students. I liked the family members, too. The murder mystery unfolded at a reasonable pace and wasn't predictable. The narrator did a great job. I hope audible releases the second book in this series, The Novice's Tale, with the same narrator. I downloaded the first book from audible of Swinfen's Christopher Alvarez series, but I haven't listened to it yet - now I'll definitely give that series a listen.

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  • Wren
  • 10-06-2017

Wonderfully Detailed Story, Perfect Narration

A lively mystery with engaging details of medieval life. The author knows her setting well, having studied in the (modern day) Oxford.
The narration could not be better, subtle, well spoken, with a range of wonderful British dialects by a native Englishman.

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  • A.
  • 09-07-2017

loved it

I first thought it can't hurt to check it out , but I couldn't put it down . Good story and interesting . before reading this , I had no idea how parchment was made. also learned the value of books at that time . I enjoyed the book.

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  • C.
  • 10-06-2017

Great performance, very good story

Loved the narrator. The story was a bit predictable but I loved all the historical details

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  • Gail N.
  • 11-07-2017

Inconsistent character development, weak plot

The historical background material is delivered in a very engaging way and greatly enriched the story. The supporting characters were interesting as well. The main character seemed to be well developed, intelligent and held my interest until the last three chapters. Although the plot was rather predictable, the irritating behavior of the main character as the denouement approached was quite a disappointment. The author had a good story line, fine characters, and a wonderful setting and time period. The resolution of the mystery was however a real clunker.

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  • Denise Reckart
  • 07-07-2017

The Booksellers Tale

What must be appreciated in this volume is the obvious proof of the author's time and energy in researching the era. Also combining suspense and comedy is most enjoyable, making her characters very believable. It is easy to imagine the scenes at home as she so vividly describes them. This is, perhaps, one of my favorites. I am an avid Sherlock Holmes fan, therefore the deductions and reasonings were a special delght. Bravo! I'm looking forward to many more volumes.

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  • Constance Jenkins
  • 30-01-2018

Excellent medieval mystery

I very much enjoyed this book. The historical setting and characters were both quite engaging. Yes, as others have mentioned, the mystery is a bit predictable (but when you are an avid mystery reader, that starts to be a common woe...so many mysteries are and we just get better at solving them, I think). Watching the plot unfold was still worth reading.

The narrator was very good.

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  • Patrick
  • 11-09-2017

Dull and plodding

The narrator did a fair job but the story was simply uninteresting. None of the characters had any personality at all and the plot was quite boring.

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  • Judith A. Weller
  • 18-06-2017

Great Start of New Series

I like the setting and time period a lot. - 14th century Medieval England just after the Plague has ended. The author knows the period and bring it alive for the readers. The narrator is good at the different voices which makes it great listening entertainment.

The Mystery was well done and ties in nicely with the way books were created in this period. You will learn a lot about how books were created and illustrated by hand. The main character is a very liable person which adds to the enjoyment of the book.

For readers who like historical mysteries, be sure to read this book it is a winner.

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  • Richard Swinfen
  • 28-09-2017

Loved this Oxford Medieval Mystery

Beautifully, simply but cleverly written. Loved reading & listening to this murder mystery Oxford tale. Even our children enjoyed listening to their grandmother's tale while on several journeys. 😊💞👍

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