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The Good Knight (Gareth and Gwen Medieval Mysteries #1)

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Intrigue, suspicion, and rivalry among the royal princes casts a shadow on the court of Owain, king of north Wales… The year is 1143 and King Owain seeks to unite his daughter in marriage with an allied king. But when the groom is murdered on the way to his wedding, the bride’s brother tasks his two best detectives—Gareth, a knight, and Gwen, the daughter of the court bard ...more
Kindle Edition, 361 pages
Published September 20th 2011 by The Morgan-Stanwood Publishing Group (first published September 9th 2011)
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Jeanette I think a teenager would enjoy this. The fight & death scenes are a bit graphic for younger readers (not used for shock value). There is sexual…moreI think a teenager would enjoy this. The fight & death scenes are a bit graphic for younger readers (not used for shock value). There is sexual content but pretty mild and carries the story (not for shock). Again, I think a 15/16 yr old (boy or girl) would like reading this book, especially if they are interested in this period of time. (less)

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Ron
Sep 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Excellent historical fiction. Felt like fine linen, rather than a fully realized tapestry. Got the facts straight, though it lacks the richness of Ellis Peters or Bernard Cornwell. Felt too modern both vocabulary and in character development.

Speaking of Peters, the reader half expects a certain Welsh Benedictine monk to have popped up in several scenes as this story overlays the same historical events that Peters' The Summer of the Danes.

A fun story; I look forward to more.

A very good read.
Frenchie
Jun 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: lovers of medieval mysteries
Gareth and Gwen... I just love them.
What I like about the Gareth and Gwen Mysteries is that the two characters are really lovable and very life like. They are both intelligent, good looking but there is not one once of arrogance in them.
This time, Gareth is the suspect in the murder case he investigates rather than the detective! King Owain would hang him just because he does not like him, due to the malicious whispers from his devious brother, Cadwaladr, whom Gareth served at one time but refus
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Deborah Pickstone
A quick read but, sadly, awful. Poor writing that is almost childlike, wooden characterisation and dialogue. Historical howlers proliferate like......things that happen a lot :P

There were no kings in Wales. Owain Mawr does not resemble himself at all. To be fair to the poor author, if she got her information from Wiki, he gets called a king on their page on him but he wasn't one. Wiki seems to be seriously lacking in knowledge about Wales full stop but that's another issue.

Of course, the events
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Michele bookloverforever
who killed a neighboring Welsh regional king and why? the daughter of a bard and a Welsh knight come upon the scene of a massacre. their investigation uncovers treachery, intrigue, a meddling princess angling to be the over kings wife, Irish and Danes invade the land. the bards daughter is kidnapped and finally rescued by her true love. the traitor is revealed, the reasons for the murder made clear.
Yvonne
May 02, 2012 rated it it was ok
This is the kind of writing that makes reading a chore. A long hard well written book can be a chore because it challenges the reader to become better at reading and understanding. This book made me wonder why the author hadn’t done her homework. Did she think that she didn’t need to?

In the beginning there is a murder. A king has been ambushed and killed. The two main characters examine the body and declare that he was not killed in the heat of battle he was killed somewhere else and dragged to
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Ros
Jan 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. The murder mystery was captivating enough and the medieval setting was really good in my opinion.
Based on historical facts I found it rather accurate in its description without been encunbered by too many detailed historic accounts, with a well balanced mixture of mystery, romance and scheming.

Maybe I would have given some of the characters more depth. My romantic side would have enjoyed a bit more action, but this is first of all a mystery novel not a romance.
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Ðawn
++Possible Spoilers++

This is a plot driven story where the romance is actually secondary. There is not even one kiss in this squeaky clean book and I was disappointed at what little romance there was.

I am also a bit peeved that you have to read the second book to find out what happens to the H & h romantically. Needles to say, I don't feel a burning need to find out, so my read ends here.

The story itself was pretty good if your into murder/mystery reads, but I found the whole "spy" thing lau
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Alisa
Jul 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars - clean historical mystery

It is 1143 and King Owain seeks to unite his daughter in marriage with an allied king, King Anarawd. But King Anarawd is murdered on his way to his own wedding, and the bride's brother, Prince Hywel works with his two best detectives, Gwen and Gareth to bring the killer to justice.

Gwen and Gareth were separated 5 years ago when her father refused to let them get married. But a lot has changed in 5 years... Gareth is now a knight and Gwen is now a spy for Princ
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Scot
Jul 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
As historical mysteries go, this is a pretty good one. It comes with a map of Wales and a pronunciation guide, and it's based on real historical events from the 12th century. The murder mysteries and various political plots are researched by a bard's daughter named Gwen who has raised her little brother since her mother died in childbirth and her old beau, Gareth, sent away in disgrace five years ago by an angry lord whose sadist order he refused to follow, but who turns up unexpectedly when a p ...more
Linda
Mar 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
I am at a loss as to how many stars to give this book. I would probably give it at least three if I had read it and not listened to it. While I liked Gareth and Gwen, the main characters, I did not fall in love with them. Perhaps I need to get to know them better.

My biggest beef here was the narrator...........at least one of her voices sounded more Middle Eastern than English and another almost American. I know it must be difficult to keep the voices separated as each character speaks but I wou
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With two historian parents, Sarah couldn’t help but develop an interest in the past. She went on to get more than enough education herself (in anthropology) and began writing fiction when the stories in her head overflowed and demanded she let them out. While her ancestry is Welsh, she only visited Wales for the first time while in college. She has been in love with the country, language, and peop ...more
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“A Brief Guide to Welsh Pronunciation c a hard ‘c’ sound (Cadfael) ch a non-English sound as in Scottish ‘ch’ in ‘loch’ (Fychan) dd a buzzy ‘th’ sound, as in ‘there’ (Ddu; Gwynedd) f as in ‘of’ (Cadfael) ff as in ‘off’ (Gruffydd) g a hard ‘g’ sound, as in ‘gas’ (Goronwy) l as in ‘lamp’ (Llywelyn) ll a breathy ‘thl’ sound that does not occur in English (Llywelyn) rh a breathy mix between ‘r’ and ‘rh’ that does not occur in English (Rhys) th a softer sound than for ‘dd,’ as in ‘thick’ (Arthur) u a short ‘ih’ sound (Gruffydd), or a long ‘ee’ sound (Cymru—pronounced ‘kumree’) w as a consonant, it’s an English ‘w’ (Llywelyn); as a vowel, an ‘oo’ sound (Bwlch) y the only letter in which Welsh is not phonetic. It can be an ‘ih’ sound, as in ‘Gwyn,’ is often an ‘uh’ sound (Cymru), and at the end of the word is an ‘ee’ sound (thus, both Cymru—the modern word for Wales—and Cymry—the word for Wales in the Dark Ages—are pronounced ‘kumree’)” 0 likes
“Owain stepped past her father’s chair to reach her for her hand and raise her up. Cristina tipped her cheek for a kiss. Applause echoed throughout the room. Owain seated Cristina again and went back to his chair. Gwen turned to smile at the young man next to her, to comment on how lovely the scene had been, only to find him unsmiling. And then he pulled a blade from the sheath at his waist and started forward.” 0 likes
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