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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.
16 of 16 people found this review helpful
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.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Much fascinating details about life shortly after the Black Death, most of it accurate based on my reading, with an occasional mildly jarring anachronism. The bookseller is likeable & mostly sensible, except when he needs to be stupid to create the necessary plot crisis.
I look forward to seeing how this series develops.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Oxford is one of my favourite places on the planet. History is a passion. Literature is a calling. Having all three beautifully woven together in a delightful murder mystery is a delight. A lovely listen and I am now looking forward to the rest of the series with relish. If you too love Oxford and or history you will find this exquisitely researched book a delight.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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.