The Booksellers Tale (Oxford Medieval Mysteries, #1)

The Booksellers Tale (Oxford Medieval Mysteries, #1) 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. 4.5 stars Oxford 1353, immediately after the Black Death or plague Plot No spoilers This is a novel about an obsession with a particular book It was a beautiful book, and we at GR love books But this beautiful book had already caused one death and there could beAs bookseller Nicholas Elyot walks home from a visit to Yardley s Farm, he sees and retrieves a body from the Cherwell river The body is that of promising Oxford student William Farringdon Nicholas spots signs of foul play 4.5 stars Oxford 1353, immediately after the Black Death or plague Plot No spoilers This is a novel about an obsession with a particular book It was a beautiful book, and we at GR love books But this beautiful book had already caused one death and there could beAs bookseller Nicholas Elyot walks home from a visit to Yardley s Farm, he sees and retrieves a body from the Cherwell river The body is that of promising Oxford student William Farringdon Nicholas spots signs of foul play, and decides to do some investigation with the help of his long time friend Jordain, a lecturer at the university To sayabout the plot might be to spoil it.Whilst there are several red herrings in the novel, some of the plot was predictable but that did not detract from my enjoy
This was an enjoyable historical mystery, the first of what promises to be an excellent series set in medieval Oxford The black death has recently swept through Europe taking many lives including the beautiful young wife of bookseller Nicholas Elyot, leaving behind two young children Nicholas is a former scholar and potential fellow of the Universit
I liked the 14th century Oxford setting very much and learned a few things about medieval bookmaking and the mystery was satisfying I did think a few times that Nicholas Elyot missed some obvious clues but overall a series I would be interested in continuing This novel was pure pleasure I find that I have increasingly less time to read books that I have chosen just for the joy of them, but this was one of them In fact, I became so caught up in the story of tender Nicholas Elyot that I moved immediately on to the next in the series, The Novice s Tale Unfortunately, now I am left simply hoping that Swinfen writes the next book quickly, because I am hooked.By setting the tale in 1353 Oxford, the author is able to explore some wonderful story element This novel was pure pleasure I find that I have increasingly less time to read books that I have chosen just for the joy of them, but this was one of them In fact, I became so caught up in the story of tender Nicholas Elyot that I moved immediately on to the next in the series, The Novice s Tale Unfortunately, now I am left simply hoping that Swinfen writes the next book quickly, because I am hooked.By setting the tale in 1353 Oxford, the author is able to explore some wonderful story elements Besides the thoroughly lovable characters, the reader is introduced to a city of learning at a time when books were scripted and bound by hand, death has devastated the country, and some see the way of life changing as labor proves scarce Through Elyot s amateur investigation of a young scholar s murder, we are treated to an intimate look at 14th century Oxford and its su
In the year 1353, life isn t always easy for a bookshop owner on Oxford s High Street Money s tight, with over half of the city s residents dead from the recent plague town gown rivalries are common and the university s slow to pay its bills It was irksome, says narrator Nicholas Elyot, but the position of official bookseller to the university had the advantage of bringing in a regular income In Swinfen s lively medieval mystery The Booksell
This was a sweet little book Set in 1300 s in Oxford England, it s a fun, quick historical read The main character is a book seller, and there is a lot of information about book making that I found fascinating Probably a little too much description of Oxford for me, but the place did come alive The mystery isn t that hard to figure out, and I found myself wondering how they were missing so many easy clues, but I loved the characters and the setting.If Swinfen continues this as a series, I th This was a sweet little book Set in 1300 s in Oxford England, it s a fun, quick historical read The main character is a book seller, and there is a lot of information about book making that I found fascinat
What I enjoyed about this book was its setting and the fact that the narrator was a 14th century bookseller As far as the mystery it was pretty easy to figure out, unlike what usually happens when I read mysteries Most of the time I miss all the important clues or fail to understand them But it never makes any difference since I read mysteries for the ambience and the characters rather than the plot And that s exactly why I wanted to read this one.Swinfen has done a nice job filling in det What I enjoyed about this book was its setting and the fact that the narrator was a 14th century bookseller As far as the mystery it was pretty easy to figure out, unlike what usually happens when I read mysteries Most of the time I miss all the important clues or fail to understand them But it never makes any difference since I read mysteries for the ambience and the characters rather
I enjoyed this book for the Oxford history 14th Century , the history of book selling arts, binding and parchment making and early structure of the colleges requiring students to live in halls and the family life depicted after the plague took so many lives The first person narrative causes some plodding on to get to the action now and then, but I would think a younger reader would find itilluminating perhaps Even with the overly abundant explanation for every action and reaction, and m I enjoyed this book for the Oxford history 14th Century , the history of book selling arts, binding and parchment
Interesting charactersI m a historical mystery junkie I got hooked long ago by Brother Cadfael and have been indulging myself ever since I m not particular about the period but the history has to be good This author has her history down pat
Excellent historical novelI ve recently been on an Ann Swinfen kick.when I find a good writer, historic background and interesting, original plot it s bliss Definite recommendation and much praise to this author as she brings into life of the 14th century England.