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PostPosted: 11 Aug 2018, 15:29 
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I am now reading the fourth in the Oxford Medieval Mysteries series by Ann Swinfen, which I also enjoy. A nice mix of family life, history, and mild detective work. On Kindle Unlimited and also some at 99pence I think.
Somebody kindly gave a copy of the first one 'The Bookseller's Tale' to the Book Exchange at my GP's surgery, so I'm ambling my way through it - a very pleasant read that reminds me more than a little of Ellis Peters' Cadfael books, thought I'd say slightly less compelling. At a few chapters in, I'm still more interested in Nicholas's family (children Alysoun and Rafe and their new puppy, and his sister Margaret who looks after them all) than the main plot!


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Just finished Bracken by Elizabeth Webster, such a lovely book, have read it many times and always feel myself welling up at the end.

Story of a Romany boy who befriends a dying man - but it is not a sad book, a lovely gentle read


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PostPosted: 11 Aug 2018, 20:06 
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I am now reading the fourth in the Oxford Medieval Mysteries series by Ann Swinfen, which I also enjoy. A nice mix of family life, history, and mild detective work. On Kindle Unlimited and also some at 99pence I think.
Somebody kindly gave a copy of the first one 'The Bookseller's Tale' to the Book Exchange at my GP's surgery, so I'm ambling my way through it - a very pleasant read that reminds me more than a little of Ellis Peters' Cadfael books, thought I'd say slightly less compelling. At a few chapters in, I'm still more interested in Nicholas's family (children Alysoun and Rafe and their new puppy, and his sister Margaret who looks after them all) than the main plot!

Yes I stayed more interested in the background throughout the series.

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Just finishing a reread of the Daisy Dalrymple books by Carola Dunn. There is a new one out, but it's far too expensive for me to contemplate buying on the Kindle yet!


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I've never really got into the Daisy books, but am currently rereading Anna and Her Daughters for the umpteenth time. DES is a great comfort read.

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Totally agree about DES (although I've read all the Daisy books too). I had the joy the other day of finding one that was new to me: The Tall Stranger. I might have to read it again when it comes back from my sister!


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Just finished No Time To Cry by James Oswald. It is a crime thriller with a hint of the supernatural. I really enjoyed it and was very surprised to find a chalet school reference.


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PostPosted: 14 Sep 2018, 14:51 
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cestina wrote:
Noreen wrote:
cestina wrote:
I am now reading the fourth in the Oxford Medieval Mysteries series by Ann Swinfen, which I also enjoy. A nice mix of family life, history, and mild detective work. On Kindle Unlimited and also some at 99pence I think.
Somebody kindly gave a copy of the first one 'The Bookseller's Tale' to the Book Exchange at my GP's surgery, so I'm ambling my way through it - a very pleasant read that reminds me more than a little of Ellis Peters' Cadfael books, thought I'd say slightly less compelling. At a few chapters in, I'm still more interested in Nicholas's family (children Alysoun and Rafe and their new puppy, and his sister Margaret who looks after them all) than the main plot!

Yes I stayed more interested in the background throughout the series.

I am just reaching the end of Ann Swinfen's other series about Dr Alvarez which after a slow start I have absolutely loved and galloped through.

I have just been to her website to check whether there are any other books on the way to find to my great shock that she died suddenly on the 4th of August this year.

I feel both deeply saddened and strangely bereft.

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Oh, that's sad. She's on my To Read One of These Days list. I sat next to her once in a lecture though I can't remember when. Will have been an RNA thing. Must now get on and read her books after all.

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That is sad - I was thinking about her on and off during the AP Society Conference weekend in Oxford, especially as we were at Merton, which is much mentioned in The Bookseller's Tale.


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I had no idea she was 80 already....

ETA She died two days after writing this on her blog in answer to a question about when the next Nicholas tale would appear:

"At the moment I’m editing the audio files for The Stonemason’s Tale, which is quite time-consuming. Once that is done, I’ll make a start on the next Oxford book. Not too long to wait, I hope!"

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