She has been writing all her life but became a full-time writer after the youngest of her five children joined university and quit her academic teaching job. Swinfen became a published author in when her stand alone nonfiction novel In Defence of Fantasy was published. Since then the author has written over five stand alone books and three novel series. Swinfen spent her childhood in England and in the United States. For nine years, she worked on the governing council of the Open University and worked as a manager and editor for five years for an international computer company. She founded Dundee Book Events in , an organization promoting authors and new books to the general public.
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She has been writing all her life but became a full-time writer after the youngest of her five children joined university and quit her academic teaching job. Swinfen became a published author in when her stand alone nonfiction novel In Defence of Fantasy was published. Since then the author has written over five stand alone books and three novel series. Swinfen spent her childhood in England and in the United States.
For nine years, she worked on the governing council of the Open University and worked as a manager and editor for five years for an international computer company. She founded Dundee Book Events in , an organization promoting authors and new books to the general public.
The year is in Oxford when Nicholas Elyot, a bookseller finds the body of William Farringdom a student floating in river Cherwell. At first, Nicholas concludes that drowning was the cause of death, but upon further investigation, he discovers evidence of murder.
Who could have killed this promising student? As Nicholas and his sidekick try to unravel the mystery surrounding the death of William they find out that he was innocently entangled in a criminal plot and when their inquiries begin to involve the town and the university, Nicholas takes one risky gamble that places his family in jeopardy.
The Black Death has swept the entire Europe leaving many people dead including the beautiful wife of Nicholas Elyot. Besides the well woven lovable character, the author introduces the readers to an era when books were scripted and bound by hand. The book features lots of references to other books and well-detailed descriptions of book making.
The characterization in this story is brilliantly done. Nicholas is brilliantly portrayed and so are other characters. Nicholas and his sidekick Jordain are anxious to help the girl. However, it appears that her stepfather has other intentions.
Why is the stepfather determined to destroy her? Will Emma be found unarmed? This second series installment is utterly charming and a more interesting read than the first book. The author has uniquely and neatly woven each character so that the reader can get to know them much better. Additionally, Swinfen makes use of old English words that could regularly send you to your dictionary; however, this should not discourage you to reading the novel as it adds some historical texture to this beautifully woven story.
The history in this story is unique and the period details have been vividly described to give the reader an insight of how life was like during the medieval period. If you like reading historical fiction mysteries, that not only give you a glimpse of the medieval world but also an overview of how mysteries were solved, then Oxford Medieval Mysteries is an ideal series for you. In the race to unravel the assassination plot, who will finally win?
Alvarez is an immigrant who settles in England from Portugal forced to join Judaism to evade the Inquisition. He wants to become a learned physician just like his dad. However, his gift for mathematics attracts the attention of Sir Francis Walsingham. Then there is Mary Queen, who is under house arrest but steadily hold treasonous communications with an operative in France want to replace Protestant Elizabeth with a Catholic Queen. Christoval abilities and skills make him the right person who can decipher these encrypted messages.
His past experiences of the Spanish invasion of Portugal give him the courage to help in deciphering. He agrees to take on the job even though it takes him away from the hospital where he always wanted to be. The first novel in Chronicles of Christoval Alvarez is an engaging book. The main character real name is Katerina who disguises herself as a man named Christoval to escape and help her father as a physician in St.
Barts hospital. Her disguise as a man adds some more tension to this adventure. The story of her past life and how she escapes from Portugal is satisfying. Espionage tales set in Elizabethan times are quite satisfying and promising, and the author, Ann Swinfen delivers a well-plotted story that is presented in the proper atmospheric setting.
Christoval is an engaging and smart protagonist who is easy to get along with and fun to follow. This novel is a brilliant series opener that will firmly grip your attention from the first book to the last.
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In Defence of Fantasy: A Study of the Genre in English and American Literature Since 1945
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