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Oxford, Spring - 1354. 

When the series of accidents to the building of the chapel at Queen’s College begin, they do not appear a cause for concern, but they grow more serious, and stonemasons are injured. Nicholas Elyot becomes involved after it is discovered that an intruder has reached the college by way of his garden. When Jordain Brinkylsworth’s youngest student goes missing, it seems at first that his disappearance is unconnected, yet he is one of the ‘poor boys’ supported by Queen’s. Surely this serious and studious boy cannot be responsible for the troubles? 

And then someone is killed.

©2018 Ann Swinfen (P)2018 Ann Swinfen

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With heavy heart...

I write this last review of the final installment in the Oxford Medieval Mystery series. Ann Swinfen died unexpectedly, just after this book was published.
This book met all my expectations and more. It was bittersweet reading, first, then listening to Philip Battley’s wonderful narration of the story.
All of the excitement, intrigue, and heartwarming storytelling she put into every book I’ve read by her, was present. She must have been an incredible lecturer because every one I’ve read, always teaches me something about Oxford during the 1500s, just after the pestilence. I swear she could make instructions for changing a flat tire interesting!! And this time it was building such structures as Churches, Castles and other large buildings.
Her characters came to life for me with every book — filled with excitement and intrigue. What a wonderful writer and gifted storyteller she was!!
If you love Medieval mysteries, like Cadfael, you’ll love Ann Swinfen ‘s books. Her enthusiasm for whatever time she was writing about came through time and again.
My heartfelt sympathy to her husband, family, and friends.
And my thanks to Ann Swinfen for sharing these wonderful tales with us.

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adore

Love this series. new books cannot come fast enough. reader is amazing. love love love.

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Such a good story

Love this book as I have loved all of Ann’s books. I am so sad we will not know what happens with these beloved characters.

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great series

Loved it. This is a great series. I can't wait for the next book to come out.

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Another Terrific installment!

This is clearly a transitional book, but that doesn't detract from a great story with characters that you can care about. I really love the historical details and feel like a part of the times with all of the Bookseller's tales. I am looking forward to the next book!

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LOVE THESE

I like them for the history, Its fun to read about "normal" people in the medieval times. These are not kings or noblemen and women. These are shop keepers and laborers. If you want mysteries, these are not for you because the "killers" are easily discovered. But if you're looking for good fun reading about what it was like to live during the 1300s, these are GREAT! I am looking forward to any others she may write.

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The last one!

I love this series. The plots are great, the narration is terrific and the characters are well fleshed and I want to know about them. But the author, Ann Swinfen, passed away in 2018. We will never know if Nicholas and Emma were able to find a way to marry. And the sister Margaret, were she and Peter destined to become a couple? I usually am bored with romance in my mysteries but these people were so real it's impossible not to care about them. The history and sense of time and place are excellent. The stories are set in the years after the Black Death has wreaked havoc across the county. This is a perfect time to set a story with characters who are intelligent and ready for the economic and social changes coming in a land that has lost a third of the population. The entire series is highly recommended. Ann Swinfen is also the author of the Chronicles of Christoval Alvarez. Also excellent books but a tad more complex and a little darker.

RIP Ann

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hope for more

we hope for more because the story is not over yet.
when will there be another? soon i hope. anon

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Another wonderful Oxford Tale!

I thoroughly enjoyed this volume. I love Philip Bartley’s narration! I always enjoy learning about another aspect of Medieval English life through the eyes of these wonderful characters!

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Loved the series and was looking forward to the next episode!

Loved the series and was looking forward to the next episode! Sorry to hear of Ann’s death.

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  • Rrrrrrrrrr
  • 10-26-18

So Sad

Unfortunately Ann Swinfen passed away on 4th August 2018, and so there will be no further mysteries for our beloved bookseller. I am so sad.

I have grown to love Nicholas so much, along with his family, friends, and the "will they - Won't they" love story with the Lady Emma.

She leaves us a series of six wonderful books, full of life, full of history, full of great adventures

I guess the Author has left us forever wanting more.

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  • Shep's mummy
  • 10-12-18

Book 6 as good as those before

What am I to do now book 6 has finished with many loose ends, I hope this means another book is to come. If you are reading this I can only say this is a superb book in a series of superb books.

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  • M. McCabe
  • 11-17-19

Good story

This is the last in the series and a good story for fans. The actual mystery tends tp take a back seat at times.
There are unanswered questions to the characters lives as Mrs. Swinfen died before completing the story arc. Very sad. Philip Battley does a good job narrating for the most part, sometimes his voice characterisations are muddled and difficult to discern who the speaker is.
It is clear that this story was not meant to be the series finale, but worth a listen.

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  • helen
  • 07-25-19

Fairly Good

This book does waffle on a bit, but is a good follow up in the series. I did like it. But sadly, we shall never know if Nicholas and Emma were able to get married.

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  • 01-30-19

fabulous

Just loved the story and it's characters. Can t wait to hear the next story.