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The Beloved Dead

(The Arthurian Mysteries #3)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  92 ratings  ·  26 reviews
Malgwyn ap Cuneglas was one of King Arthur's earliest companions and now is his most trusted counselor. Despite the malice of his enemies, who fear Arthur's power, and the machinations of the still powerful druids who mightily resist him, Malgwyn knows that Arthur will stop at nothing in his efforts to lead his people to Christ and help to bring civil law and justice to a ...more
ebook, 400 pages
Published March 29th 2011 by Forge Books
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Mar 22, 2011 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Hmm. I signed up for this giveaway because I have loveloveloved some very fine takes on the Arthurian legend over the years and they make my ears (eyes?) perk up. I vaguely noted that the blurb seemed odd, and when I received it I realized the problem: the subtitle is An Arthurian Mystery. Noooooooo! Mystery is one of the genres that make my eyes glaze over. I notice the gr title wasn't updated for this series name until about a week after I won it a lesson learned. Thoroughly research ...more
Mar 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book through Goodreads first-reads giveaway.

I've been a fan of the Arthurian legends ever since I can remember and have read a fair quantity of books and references on it so I was very happy to have won this book. I was, however, surprised to find out it was a mystery. Fortunately I am also a Cadfael fan!

The book was no disappointment when it came to location and information from that time period. The mystery was meshed in nicely with the storyline instead of feeling like an
Aug 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I have always loved stories set in the time of Arthur and Merlin. This mystery's victims are young girls who are brutally assaulted and killed, including Arthur's wife,Gwyneira, Lord Aircol's daughter only hours after the ceremony. Arthur's most trusted councilor, Malgwyn is determined who killed the girls. Guinevere,Arthur's consort and Malgwyn's ladylove are suspected in the murder of the young Queen, Gwyneira. The book showcased Arthurian life well and I hope to see what happens once ...more
Mar 29, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5/5 stars! Excellent medieval mystery and romance! Loved the spinoff on the Arthurian legends. Full review and author's guest post.
Mar 20, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hays is improving as a series writer. There was a little unnecessary repetition of some details but not as much as in his second novel of the series. The conclusion could have been a bit more concise but overall it was an engaging story with interesting characters.
Sep 06, 2017 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
So far just as good as the first two books in the series.
May 13, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: King Arthur fans
I am always intrigued by any version of the King Arthur tale. The Beloved Dead is the third in the Arthurian Mysteries series by Tony Hays. Each volume entwines King Arthur's life and ascension to High King with a murder mystery. Of course a murder needs a detective and sure enough Arthur had his own private investigator, Malgwyn, who was also his most trusted adviser.

Also true to murder mystery form, Malgwyn had personal troubles: deep grief over the slaughter of his beloved wife by Saxons and
Mar 16, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads giveaway.

Not a bad read. Followed a similar storytelling path that good mysteries generally follow and keeps you wondering about who the murderer is until you fit the pieces together. However, there were some things that made it harder for to get into and stay engaged.

I had a hard time really caring about the main character (or any of them, really) - perhaps because I haven't read the first two books in the series. I was a little
When I first started this book, after I won it through First reads, (yay for First reads!) I wondered if I would really be able to get into it or get involved enough to be really interested. After the first few chapters, that wasn't a problem. I think this is a Sherlock Holmes-esque medieval mystery. I really enjoyed the book, and the suspense was great. It kept me turning the pages until I finished the majority of the book in an evening. I liked that the main character was smart and strong, but ...more
Sep 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arthurian, mystery
Again, my comments on book one "The Killing Way" hold for this one too.
This book has two main story lines.
In the first Arthur has been convinced by the other members of the alliance that for the sake of Briton he should marry the daughter of one of the leaders from the north. Malgywn's job here is to negotiate the marriage agreement. Malgywn is, of course, against the marriage and believes that Arthur should Guinevere (who happens to be Malgywn's cousin). But Malgywn negotiates the wedding
E. Sabin
Jun 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the third book of a series, and I have not read the first two, yet I had no problem following the action and quickly became familiar with the characters. This is an Arthurian mystery, but if you are looking for a tale of knights of the round table, this is not for you. It places Arthur in a rustic post-Roman, early medieval setting that is historically believable but not the stuff of legend. The plot involves the brutal murders of young women, and the almost casual way the murders are ...more
I've never read an Arthurian mystery before, and I enjoyed the setting and the "history".

The male characters were engaging, the female ones a little stereotypical.

The mystery itself was easily narrowed down to three possible suspects, one seemed too obvious which left two possibilities and midway through the book I guessed which of the two, and was correct. However, it was not too obvious and I did need to wait until the end to confirm.

The relationship between the hero and King Arthur did not
Mar 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I won this in a firstreads giveaway.

I found this book to be a quick enjoyable read. I'm only somewhat familiar with Arthurian tales but was able to easily follow this story (which seems to be set fairly early in Arthur's reign?)

The main character, Malgwyn, is a friend of Arthur and has a knack for thinking about things differently which enables him to solve mysteries. There weren't too many suspects so it was somewhat easy to narrow it down and yet the author still kept it interesting and left
Carol Gibson
Sep 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arthurian
This is the third book in Tony Hays Arthurian mystery series. This one dealt more with dealing with a serial killer and less political intrigue than the others. I think we tend to think of serial killers as a rather new crime. Before Jack the Ripper you don't hear as much about them. But knowing that some humans are just broken I have to believe these monsters have always been with us.

This was a first rate mystery with the clues laid out. The author did not cheat and spring the killer on us out
Jane Irish Nelson
Aug 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, mystery
When Arthur and his followers visit Londinium and remove a pagan relic, a Druid cursed Arthur. Shortly thereafter, a girl's body is found, but Malgwyn is not given time to investigate thoroughly. Instead Arthur sends him — along with several others — to treat with Aircol regarding Arthur's proposed marriage with his daughter, Gwyneira. But on the return trip, another girl is found, similarly killed; Malgwyn can't help but believe the two are connected, but how? And why?
Aug 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the detail put into this story, like the references to past stories of Arthur and Merlin. I also was intrigued and captivated with the story, and how it kept you looking to many of its characters as possible culprits of the horrific murders. I do have to admit, this kind of story is not within the usual genre that I read, but it managed to keep my attention, so much so that I could not put it down until I finished it. Overall, great read and excellent detail.
Good as always but I found the murders offputting. I thought I knew who the killer was before the end - close, but no cigar. Some interesting little twists in the Arthurian aspects but the author included an afterword that explained his reasoning. Strong feel for the period- not the bright shiny Camelot but a rather more dirty, rough and often brutal historical look at the Arthur and company that just might have been. I'll continue to follow this series.
Dec 15, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: completed-series
I liked this installment of the Arthurian Mysteries. The characters are more developed now and the writing of the mystery is tighter. I like the situation of the first book more (this one seems too large and with too many political implications to be comfortable in the setting) but it's a fine addition to the series.
May 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The latest entry in this Arthurian mystery series is close in quality to The Killing Way and Divine Sacrifice, and I like the author's historical approach to the period. The crimes investigated are despicable, and the protagonist's reactions are a bit predictable. I hope that this series continues.
Jul 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hmmm whilst this was my least favorite idea for a story (Arthur takimng a wife other that Gwen) I have to say now that I know the characters I feel it was very well written and a very clever new take on a story that many of us thought we knew V""V
May 20, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: king-arthur, mystery

Most mystery series will have a serial killer pop up at some point or another. This one is particular gruesome – and particularly obvious. If I could figure it out, well, then it MUST have been obvious.
Jul 14, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arthurian-legend
Longer this time, but it was easy to stay with it. A good mystery; still ignores the illness, filth and wretchedness of the sixth century. Someone can be a broken sicko no matter when they live.
May 28, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
Barely made it ten pages before I gave up. I like Arthurian novels, not this one.
Jennifer Palombi
May 31, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars to this Arthurian mystery. Our full review is available on The Lit Witch: A Book Blog here
Basia Barbara
Could not get into reading it at all. Clsed book after Chapter1. Returned to the library.
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A native of Madison, Tennessee, Tony spent his teenage years on a farm about 10 miles southeast of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Although he had dreamed of being a writer since childhood, it was only after a brief career as a university administrator that he began to come into his own. Initially, he was awarded an undergraduate degree in history and a MA in educational psychology from Tennessee ...more

Other books in the series

The Arthurian Mysteries (5 books)
  • The Killing Way (Arthurian Mysteries, #1)
  • The Divine Sacrifice (Arthurian Mysteries, #2)
  • The Redempton Path (Arthurian Mysteries #3.5)
  • The Stolen Bride (Arthurian Mysteries, #4)