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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. Nicholas Elyot is warned by intelligencer Alice Walsea that attendance at the fair may be used for something more sinister, and not all French merchants may be innocent.

When a merchant from Flanders is attacked and an English traitor is murdered, can Nicholas disentangle the crimes hidden under cover of the fair?

©2017 Ann Swinfen (P)2017 Ann Swinfen

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Great read.

lovely story. mystery romance and history. can't wait for the next. I trult enjoyed it.

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  • Lee M
  • 10-02-2018

4th in remarkable hist. fiction mystery series

I am fast becoming a fan of Ann Swinfin's. The novels have a humanity and comfort that for me is reminiscent of Ellis Peters' Brother Cadfael mysteries. The mysteries are well-crafted, well-researched, and don't generally exceed the technology of the day. They are also believable. I also enjoy that, while the story is complete in itself, there is also an over-arching "history" that is consistent from book to book. We see children growing and relationships develop. A lovely series that I would recommend to most people.

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  • sslarigo
  • 03-02-2018

Excellent Read - love this series!

Interesting and engaging characters with a real flavor of Medieval life. I've read each book in the series and they each just got better and better. The narrator was especially good, too.

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  • High Altitude Gardener
  • 26-05-2019

Charming, interesting and well-written

I have enjoyed this series immensely. It is delightful that each book seems better than the last. I rank this series up there with C.J. Sansom's Matthew Shardlake series (high praise indeed). A degree or two less intense than Shardlake but every bit as enjoyable, Wonderful characters. Philip Battley's performance is superb.

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  • Holly Dougherty
  • 23-10-2017

Engaging stories

This is the 4th book in the series and is as engaging and fun to read as the first three, suitable for younger readers as well as older. The plots are well arranged, the characters are lively and believable, and the narration well-paced and easily understood.

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  • 07-06-2019

Great series.

A very well written book. excellent narration. nice historic background material and very well researched.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-05-2019

Round About Reading!

These Medieval Mysteries never move in a straight line towards solving the crime! There is often too much information, additional characters that are hard to keep straight, peripheral narratives that take attention away from the central action. However, the extra work required is well worth the effort. Boy, can you learn a lot about late medieval society and how people lived and worked. So, interesting. The deviations from the main story are like an added gift - more than you paid for and well worth the cost! You will get to know the characters and really care what happens to them. Great historical fun! And as an added bonus the narrator is fantastic! Takes on the voice of time and place and makes it sound perfectly natural! Can't wait for my next credit to order immediately the next book in the series.

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  • Shep's mummy
  • 09-10-2018

Book 4 of a fantastic series

I have just finished the 4th book in this series. The stories are without doubt not only enjoyable but give a glimpse of what life was like at that time. Now for book 5!!!

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  • PJ
  • 04-11-2019

The Merchants Tale by Ann Swinfen

Really good for bedtime story all about goings on in and about Oxford very interesting thank you I bought updates to my book it was enjoyable .

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  • 23-02-2019

Another Great Tale

I loved this book, and the other 3 in the series. A great continuation, as per usual Philip Battley does a grand job of narrating it.

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  • Jennifer Chennell
  • 05-12-2017

Pleasent read

these books are a gentle pleasent read. i would recommend that they are read in order.

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