The Bookseller's Tale

The Bookseller's Tale: Oxford Medieval Mysteries #1

by Ann Swinfen

Overview: 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.

Linda Smither (01/04/19): This is a charming "who dunnit". The setting and writing is just as good, if not better than the actual plot. It is Spring, 1353 in Oxford England. The Plague has just subsided, everyone has lost someone and there is a lot of real consequences of so much death. The hero is a bookseller and bookmaker. We learn a lot about that process as well as day to day life in medieval England, which I found fascinating. I'm 1/2 way through the 2nd book in this series, which is a continuation of the story. Book #2 is just as charming, informative and interesting as well as entertaining.
Rating: ****

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