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Murder at Avedon Hill

4.13  ·  Rating Details ·  334 Ratings  ·  34 Reviews
WELCOME TO THE LAND OF CAERN, where the gods - the Children of Az -can choose to be born into the world as mortals to directly affect events... and often do. And where the conflict between religious faith and arcane magic has reached a breaking point. Gretta Platt, Housemistress of Avedon Manor, has been murdered. Only a handful of people live in Avedon Hill, and most are ...more
Paperback, 324 pages
Published May 2nd 2010 by Dragon Moon Press (first published 2008)
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Melissa Hayden
Jul 25, 2012 Melissa Hayden rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, audiobook
Wow! Murder mystery in a fantasy world with moon beasts, vampires, and magics. What a story! I am now going in search of anything and all set in this world.

Arames and his student, Arrin Perti, come to the city of Avedon Hill, the city all had to go through to get to the mountain pass because there is no other way around, as they were heading to a conference. Arames's cousin tells him he can't get him granted passage, there's been a murder and the city is closed. Lord Avedon wo
Jun 17, 2010 Shaft rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I came to this as a result of Podiobooks I had been going to it for awhile before I noticed this particular story. What brought me to it because of my love of that style of story and the world in which it was set. If you like the writings of Tolkien and Eddings then you will love this. However it does not stop there with the normal sword and staff stuff but instead treats us to a intricate mystery seemingly more suited to Agatha Christie. The blend of fantasy and mystery is something I have not ...more
Jul 30, 2008 Natalie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery and fantasy enthusiasts
A masterful blend of fantasy and mystery, the story centers around the strange murder of Gretta Platt, Housemistress of Avedon Manor. When Arames and his young student, Arrin, find pass at Avedon Hill barred, they agree to help Lord Avedon investigate the mystery of Gretta's death in return for gaining access to the pass. In the process, the two outsiders stumble upon a growing list of mysteries surrounding the town of Avedon Hill including vampires, moon beasts, and magic. This is a must listen ...more
Jeffrey Hite
Jun 15, 2010 Jeffrey Hite rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book combines elements of the best that the murder mystery and fantasy genre have to offer. PG Holyfield is a master story teller who keeps the story, not to mention the suspense going right up to the end.
The twists and turns in this book kept me guessing all the way through. The characters are are full and rich, providing more than a backdrop for the drama going on, but also bringing the story alive making you are really there in the story with them.
The story keeps a good solid pg rating
Sep 09, 2010 Nutty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book, it was one of the titles I had been "meaning to read" for a long time, I kept looking at it knowing I wanted to read it but other things got in the way. When I FINALLY sat down and read it I couldn't put it down. I had to know just what happened to Gretta Plat. It was engaging with side stories and tales and leads you to want to read more in the wold that Mr Hollyfield has created. It is a perfect present for anyone interested in fantasy and just the right kind of book to make ...more
Jul 30, 2009 Diane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mytery and Fantasy lovers
This was a great story with a depth of background that is just astounding. A mystery that keeps you on your toes and plenty of magic and magical creatures. The production values of the Podcast novel are exceptionally high, including a wonderful voice cast and fantastic music by Shira Kammen (from You can listen to the story including chit-chat about the on-going production (which is now finished) directly from P.G. Holyfield's website or just the story itself at http://pod ...more
Oct 01, 2010 Diana rated it it was amazing
I've listened to the podcast and absolutely loved the richness of the world P.G. created. The religious and magical systems he created had tremendous depth and really added to my visit to the land of Caern.

I cannot wait until P.G. takes us there again. I'd love to know more about Arames Kragen. The hints at his past are delicious and must be explored further.

During my period of impatience while waiting for another book in this world, I'm reading the published version.
Jul 16, 2008 Ron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this story. I’ve always had a thing for mystery stories as a child. This story is part mystery and fantasy. I thoroughly enjoyed it. The author did a wonderful job with the characters. After listening to a fair share of podcast stories, this is one of the best I’ve listened to. I enjoyed the voices and sounds of the podcast as well.
Jun 05, 2009 DDog rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to DDog by: Philippa Ballantine
This book is a treat. The characters are varied and the mysteries intense. The world is vibrant even though we never see any of it because the book is set in one insular town, coming alive through the stories of Arames Kragen. The audio cast is stellar and I can listen to P.G. Holyfield's voice for hours.
Blair Herzig
Jul 03, 2010 Blair Herzig rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
I listened to this book on and totally loved it. Great traditional mystery plot outline with non-traditional characters. I liked it so much I ordered the book off of amazon. I am perfectly happy to support "new media" podcasting as a form of art.
Mar 17, 2011 Kathleen rated it it was amazing
This is the first podio books I've tried. A great "read" or listen. The production value was great and I enjoyed the story.
Feb 09, 2009 Beki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great podcast - PG is a master at cliff hangers! This is one of those mysteries that you think you have figured how who did it only to find out you were wrong, over and over.
May 01, 2013 Pat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent blend of fantasy/mystery. I listened to the free audio version of the book and it really made me look forward to my commute every day.
Aug 21, 2014 Alexia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A really great book! I highly recommend it.
Feb 03, 2009 Charlie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: podcasts, fantasy
This a compelling 'closed room' mystery set in a richly detailed and well realized fantasy world. Highly recommended.
Maureen Reed
Jan 31, 2009 Maureen Reed rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Am listening to this as a podcast. I am new to podcasts and am really enjoying it. It is well produced and great to listen to.
well done PG Holyfield
Dec 11, 2008 Jodi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: podcast
This podcast is really well written, read and produced. I just hate the wait for the next installment to come.
Great story! I would highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good fantasy/mystery.
Joy Clayton
Jan 09, 2014 Joy Clayton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just finished this book. I thought is slow at first but wow what a story it turned out to be. I loved it! Great writing!
Will Hudson
Nov 16, 2010 Will Hudson rated it it was amazing
P.G. Holyfield knocks it out of the park. A complete home run. I can't wait for more.
May 18, 2017 David rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
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Jason Banks
Dec 07, 2012 Jason Banks rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an absolute delight to read or listen to in the case of the podcast. Why you may ask? well I will tell you. I am a absolute nerd one of my favorite things is to play D&D(Dungeons and Dragons for those who don't know) a table top RPG and my favorite class is Monk. I said that to explain that the main character in this novel is well a Monk, so I was down from word one. In true Monk fashion our main character Arames Kragen wields the martial weapons and semi supernatural abilities, eve ...more
May 14, 2011 Doc rated it really liked it
In Murder at Avedon Hill, P.G. Holyfield sets us a murder mystery against the fantasy backdrop that is the incredibly detailed Land of Caern. The setting is filled with depth and history and begs the reader to dig a little deeper to uncover the mysteries hidden in a world where the gods choose to live out mortal lives in order to shape events. Where the allies of one generation may be the enemies of the next.

But this isn't that story. This is the story of Arames Kragen, an aging monk of the Aaro
A.F. Grappin
Oct 11, 2014 A.F. Grappin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was pulled into Murder at Avedon Hill from word one. Holyfield’s characters are true to their own personalities and natures from start to finish. His dialogue is very real, although I do think Arames tended to say, “Just one more question,” a few too many times. But that could just be his nature, and if so, he was definitely true to that. There’s plenty to uncover in Avedon Hill, and the growth of the more prominent characters is admirable. Holyfielod manages to subtly take away layers of deta ...more
Jun 02, 2010 kelley rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010, kindle
I loaded a free sample of this book onto my kindle--read the first chapter and was sucked into the story immediately.

The story begins with a murder of the house mistress, Gretta Platt, of Avedon Manor. The story is a murder mystery but the setting is the Land of Caern and involves such creatures as God's, Priests, Royalty, Sorcerers, Vampires, Moon Beasts, Orcs and other fantastical creatures. The story is both original and creative. I loved following the protagonist Arames Kragen and his studen
I loved this story.
It is fantasy but not in the 'sword-and-dragon-let's-go-on-a-quest' style.
This is more like 'Name of the Rose' set in a fantasy, rather than historical, time period.
I enjoyed the gentle measured place of the story-telling, the lively cast of characters and even the somewhat gruesome resolution.
I did think the telling of the resolution could have been a little tighter, with fewer flashes of magical light and less inner dialogue but the logic behind the resolution was solid and
Ash Morrigan
May 11, 2012 Ash Morrigan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
I really liked the setting. The history and the Children are very cool and I'd really like to see something more in an epic vein set in this world.

On the other hand, the mystery of who killed Greta didn't draw my interest as much. I couldn't have possibly guessed, ahead of time, who the secret villain was and I think that was a let down. Oh and I really didn't understand what the secret visitor in Arames' head was on about when he disappeared at last. That seemed like a really cool idea that was
Feb 01, 2009 Cherryl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have been enjoying this podcast immensely. It started a little slowly and the cliffhangers have been annoying, but overall it is a great story. It has a little of everything a fantasy novel needs and the characters are interesting. You care what happens to them and cant wait to see what happens next. I hope P G Holyfield will continue the series.
Feb 15, 2012 Mike rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Gave up on this two episodes in....
Dan Absalonson
Aug 12, 2009 Dan Absalonson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Fantasy/Murder Mystery.
Feb 16, 2009 Goran rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book, really worth a read/listen.

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While attending the University of Virginia I majored in Religious Studies, focusing on the belief systems of the Eastern world. During that time I also had the opportunity to read the works of Joseph Campbell. My love of gaming and for mythology led to the creation of a fantasy setting I named The Land of Caern.

It is a world where the gods can choose to be born into the world as mortals, and often
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