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Murder at Avedon Hill by P.G. Holyfield
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May 14, 2011

really liked it
Read from October 21 to December 21, 2011

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 Aaronic Order, and his young student, Prince Aarin Perti, traveling incognito from one land to the next. Their travels take them to Avedon Hill, a small town noted only for its access to the Olvaran Pass, a tunnel through the mountains. But when they arrive they find the town is closed, due to the recent murder of Gretta Platt, the Housemistress of Avedon Hill.

Trying to solve the murder to gain their passage, Arames and Aarin find themselves swept up into the intrigues and secrets of a small town with something to hide. But each secret uncovered seems to point to two more, and none of them seem to point to a killer. Can they solve the case before they become the killer's next victims?

Murder at Avedon Hill is an engaging book and a well told story, but I can't help but feel that it could be a bit better. The pace drags a bit in places, and some of the minor characters seem to be lacking in depth. Having read the book and listened to the podcast version of the story, I find that some parts are easier to follow in the podcast version. And I was somewhat disappointed that the symbols of the various Children of Az that were described in the podcast didn't seem to make it into the printed version.

I still want to see more from P.G. about the Land of Caern and its history, and the petty plots of the Children of Az. And I hope that he plans to pick up one or two of the dangling plot threads left at the end of the book. Overall, this book is well worth the time and money to give it a read.

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Reading Progress

10/21/2011 page 18
6.0% "Arames talks to Cletus at the gates."
10/25/2011 page 27
8.0% "Meet Father Jorus."
10/26/2011 page 44
14.0% "Arrin and Arames go moth hunting."
10/27/2011 page 52
16.0% "A visit to the library."
10/31/2011 page 72
22.0% "Heading down to the family mausoleum."
11/03/2011 page 107
33.0% "Arames enjoys his bath. While it lasts."
11/07/2011 page 131
40.0% "Arames searches Gretta's office."
11/09/2011 page 140
43.0% "Much ado about Hemming."
11/17/2011 page 150
46.0% "Shane tells of a chance meeting."
11/21/2011 page 159
49.0% "Search for the missing ledgers."
11/22/2011 page 165
51.0% "Arames and Arrin find another way."
11/28/2011 page 178
55.0% "The Avadon's secret revealed, and the fact that Gretta knew, too."
11/30/2011 page 194
60.0% "Arrin regains consciousness."
12/02/2011 page 210
65.0% "Louis brings Arames news of something deadly."
12/02/2011 page 212
65.0% "Arames and Arrin find a clue in the woods."
12/05/2011 page 224
69.0% "Ulrich is sent to fetch Lord Avedon from the library."
12/07/2011 page 234
72.0% "Arames wishes Cousin Red a good night."
12/09/2011 page 254
78.0% "Arames is called upon, to solve another murder."
12/16/2011 page 270
83.0% "Arames has one more stop to make."
12/19/2011 page 286
88.0% "A conflagration at the library."
12/20/2011 page 292
90.0% "Arames and Arrin advance towards the sound of pained moaning."
12/20/2011 page 307
95.0% "Arrin charges!"
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