The Bookseller's Tale : Oxford Medieval Mysteries

  • by Ann Swinfen
  • Narrated by Philip Battley
  • Series: Oxford Medieval Mysteries
  • 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's 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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Not worth a credit!

I am sure that if one wanted to learn all about Oxford in the 1350s - the streets, the hardships, the method of creating parchment ...... etc etc, one would have been delighted with this book. I found it tiring in the extreme, filled with minutiae that I could really have lived without - and which didn't add to the mystery.
The characters were lack lustre and I found they all merged so I got to a stage where I didn't know who was who.
I think it was a case of 'never use one sentence when three pages will do!
After I found I was shouting at the book in irritation I speeded up the narration, this didn't help much I did then start to skim. This one is not for me as a murder mystery.
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- mollyeyre

Simple but satisfying.

This was one of those gentle stories that will never challenge you. I do not think less of it for that. Sometimes you don't want great literature; writing that will wrack you with angst and leave you wringing your hands at the the state of the human race. Sometimes you just want to be told a story that will take you on a brief escape somewhere else and lull you back into your real life with as small a jolt as possible. This is one of the latter.

The main character is quaint and endearing. His family situation leaves scope for both a small level of independence and yet he remains bound by responsibility and so the reader won't be wondering if he'll sail off into the horizon at any point. The setting and time frame makes the plot interesting and fairly original - most author's go for historically more documented times. I suppose this means that the author is less likely to be caught out of with the odd historical inaccuracy.

Generally, a relaxing and engaging tale that may have been a bit more lively will a less monotonous narrator.
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- K

Book Details

  • Release Date: 29-03-2017
  • Publisher: Ann Swinfen