May 1144. Newly wedded, Gareth and Gwen travel across the border into England on a diplomatic mission with Prince Hywel of Wales. Within moments of their arrival, however, the mission goes awry and a murder case drops (literally) at their feet.
Hindered at every turn by a climate of civil war and constantly shifting political alliances, Gareth and Gwen race to solve the murder and expose a plot that threatens not only their lives, but the life of the future king of England himself.
Murder, intrigue, and treachery take center stage in The Fourth Horseman, the third Gareth & Gwen medieval mystery.
©2013 Sarah Woodbury (P)2016 Sarah Woodbury
Now I confess, I do know quite a bit about the whole Stephen/Maud civil war, and about the people themselves. Hearing a tale woven into that timeline, with just a few of the main participants of the era thrown in here and there was quite fascinating. I always enjoy Sarah's stories of course, and this one was no exception. It was nicely wrapped in layers of fact and fiction.
Technical wise, no jerks or weird stops usually associated with dropping signal or internet connections. No bouncing back to a chapter I've already listened to either. It was a good flow. Ms. Schroeder did a lovely job as always.
The Gwen and Gareth Medieval Mysteries are usually set in awakes, but in this book our newly husband and wife sleuths are traveling with the Welsh Princes to Newcastle in England during the civil war between Empress Maud and King Stephen. On arrival, someone literally dumps a dead body at Gwen's feet. Out of their own element and out of their jurisdiction, so to speak, Gwen and Garett are caught up in what becomes a series of murders and political intrigue of dizzying proportions.
What a fantastic telling and great narration. With so many players involved in the story, I can easily overlook the narrator tripping over character voicing in a couple places. I quickly knew who was speaking and can't let any of that detract from my overall enjoyment.
Love this series and looking forward to the next book both in print and in Audible format.
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