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The Fallen Princess

(Gareth and Gwen Medieval Mysteries #4)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  502 ratings  ·  37 reviews
Hallowmas 1144. With the harvest festival approaching, Gareth has returned from fighting in the south, hoping for a few months of peace with Gwen before the birth of their first child. But when an innocent foray to the beach turns up the murdered body of Prince Hywel’s long lost cousin, a woman thought to have run away with a Dane five years earlier, it is Gareth and Gwen ...more
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Published January 21st 2014 by Sarah Woodbury
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May 09, 2022 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun and relaxing murder mystery. I enjoyed the medieval setting in Wales, the power struggles, and the way of life. Finding a murderer in a time where questions & answers and logic are your only investigative device is interesting.

I haven't read the other books in this series and will look to find Book 1 and start there.
Nance Roepke
2.5. I found this book in the series the most unbelievable of all. I find Gwen's involvement in crimes to be hard to swallow. This was especially true in this book when Gwen is in the late stages a pregnancy. In this day and age, it wouldn't be so unbelievable but in those days women weren't running around putting themselves in danger. At least I don't think they would be. The other thing that I dislike about this entire series is the dialogue. It would go something like this:
I think Cadwallade
Bethany Swafford
Jul 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
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When a dead body, long dried out, is found on the beach, Prince Hywel recognizes it as his long lost cousin who was supposed to have run off with a Dane. Gareth and Gwen will need all their skills to lead an investigation. When others are murdered, it becomes clear a murderer walks among them.

This was a delight to read. Again, the story is told alternating between Gareth and Gwen and Hywel. They each bring their own unique skills to the mystery, looking at things from different points of view. G
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A good solid addition

I enjoy reading these books...well plotted great for teens through adults. Well researched and give us such a great feeling for the times they portray. A lesson in history and mystery! I recommend these for anyone who yearns to know more about Wales some Welsh language and folklore and about the Middle ages in the British Isles. These are highly entertaining and so well written and readable. I am so glad I found these. As a lover of Ellis Peters and Candace Robb and others w
I am totally hooked! I really love Sarah Woodbury’s books. The mystery, the attention to historical details, and her believable characters all make for a truly great read.
The Fallen Princess ( book 4 of the Gareth & Gwen series) had me baffled. All through the book I kept changing my mind as to the culprit. I did get it right in the end-as did our medieval sleuths.
Don’t pick this up if you have something else to do because you won’t be able to put it down.
Chrissey Harrison
I think I enjoyed this fourth book in the series slightly more than book 3, The Fourth Horseman, because it was slightly easier to follow. There's some great sleuthing and problem solving by the characters, and the Hallowmass setting really adds to the atmosphere of the book.
However it did feel like the last third had been stretched out with unrelated plot points.

Overall, a great story.
[I listened to the audio book version]

Sandra Self
Nov 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this series

All of Sarah Woodbury's books are awesome. Yet, I think the Gareth and Gwen Medieval Mysteries are my favorite. I start each one with the idea that I will make it last, yet once started I cannot stop! I get board easily and usually have a mystery solved before the end of a movie or book, but Sarah seems to catch me by surprise. In this book I almost had it, the end almost right, well done Sarah, well done!
Laura Drummond
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoy Sarah Woodbury books| ~ all her series!! I enjoy her attention to the historical detail. I get easily bored by the predictability of some books - hers always keep me guessing - love that. They’re quick reads And always, always leave me wanting more. Pick one up!! You won’t be able to put it down.
Nov 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is part of an excellent mystery series set in medieval Wales. The mummified body of a Welsh princess is found on the beach, left there in the night by a horse drawn cart. She was believed to have run off with a Dane five years before, but that doesn't appear to have been the case. Gareth, his wife Gwen and Prince Hywel investigate. ...more
Mar 15, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
1144. A desiccated body is found on a beach. It is identified as Princess Tegwen, who was thought to have run away with a Dane five years previously. Prince Hywel, her cousin, investigates with the help of Gareth and Gwen.
Another entertaining and well-written historical mystery with its cast of likeable characters
Sian Iola Percival
Jan 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Running out of ways to describe these books each one is amazing, full of detail and mystery as well as backgrounds for the main characters. So happy I discovered these books, and a great way to start of the year.
Rhonda Vasquez
Feb 26, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a fan of historical fiction and love all the detail and speculation that she writes. Detail in people, positions, locations, building structures and textiles. Speculation in relationships, death and discovery.
Just as good as the three previous books.
Pat Welte
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really like this series by Sarah Woodbury, it is complicated and a fun read.
Sep 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Sarah Woodbury is an excellent story teller with great characters band compelling plots.
Jena Duffy
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I always love a good mystery and this one is no exception! Characters and plot are strong and I love how she keeps you guessing!
Kelly Martin
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love this series!
Apr 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had the book “solved” in my mind differently than it turned out. I enjoy the personalities and the unfolding of the mysteries.
Wendy Ryan
Apr 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable instalment of the ongoing series. A fun diversion for the current circumstances with good setting and characters.
JoAnn Stephens
Jul 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
loved it
Sep 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kept me guessing. I have enjoyed all of the books in the series so far.
Oct 30, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had a lot if sympathy for the victim. There was a lot going on in this story.
Glenys Kelly
Nov 25, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love this series. Have just started book 5. Highly Recommended.
Mar 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
I fear these might be becoming something of an addiction! I was especially interested in seeing things from Hywel's point of view and so learning something of his feelings and fears. ...more
Lora Shouse
Dec 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great historical fiction series. The episodes involve mysteries, but not all of them are quite like mysteries that would come up today. The events in this story take place in 1144 and 1145. The main characters are likable, even Prince Hywel, Gareth and Gwen’s boss, who turned out to be the murderer in the first case. Some of the other recurring characters are less likable.

On the day before Nos Calean Gaeaf (what we call Halloween) Gwen is roused from sleep before dawn to investigate a
This is the first of Sarah Woodbury's Gareth and Gwen medieval mysteries that I have read and I enjoyed it very much. I have spent some time in Wales, but I do not know too much of its history so I like reading books that describe true facts such as King Owain's court and the celebration of Hallowmass or as we know it in the USA - Halloween. The Fallen Princess concerns the disappearance of a royal princess five years earlier . The book begins with a body found on a beach, and this body is disco ...more
Aug 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Another fascinating slice of life in medieval Wales, wrapped up in a murder mystery when a mummified body turns up on the beach at Hallowe'en. Gareth and Gwen's relationship has progressed too and they are now expecting their first child. Pregnancy forces Gwen to stay close to the castle but doesn't stop her playing a part in solving the puzzle, or sharing the dangers. Reading these books in sequence, one immediately after the other, has been an interesting experience. One usually has to wait be ...more
One of the stronger installments in the series, this book follows a thread through the experience of war, of women of wealth and the complex winding of power and obligation in medieval Welsh ruling elite. These themes are very background to the somewhat pedestrian storytelling style, but Woodbury's passion and love for Wales and a clear eyed view of it's history are strong enough to forgive many lesser failings. ...more
Love this series!

Sarah Woodbury is a wonderful author that takes the historical fiction genre and adds her own twists to it that keeps you hooked and wanting more til the very end. it is very hard to put her stories down. this book was no exception. I can't wait for the next book in the series.
Dec 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Woodbury once again develops a plot that keeps you riveted to the page, hoping to unravel the threads of well-developed plot lines that intersect and diverge and leaving you breathless as the mystery builds to its climax and wonderful denouement. Clearly a must read in this ongoing series.
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With over a million books sold to date, Sarah Woodbury is the author of more than forty novels, all set in medieval Wales. Although an anthropologist by training, and then a full-time homeschooling mom for twenty years, she began writing fiction when the stories in her head overflowed and demanded that she let them out. While her ancestry is Welsh, she only visited Wales for the first time at univ ...more

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