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The Unlikely Spy

(Gareth and Gwen Medieval Mysteries #5)

4.39  ·  Rating details ·  262 ratings  ·  13 reviews
August 1146. Prince Hywel has called all the bards of Wales to him for a music festival to mark the third anniversary of his rule over Ceredigion. He has invited all the lords of Wales too, including his father, his uncle, and his neighbor to the south, King Cadell. But with the highborn also come the low: thieves, spies, and other hangers-on. And when a murderer strikes ...more
Kindle Edition, 350 pages
Published June 17th 2014 (first published June 11th 2014)
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Sep 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Great book!!!

I've been reading Sarah Woodbury's books for about a year now. The stories are always amazing. The cliffhanger on this one makes you want to fast forward time til the next book is released.
Jun 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another Enjoyable Puzzle

The stories this series tell continue to be intriguing and fun to read...suspenseful, interesting and well plotted. I am enjoying them all in a row. These books are a quick read with characters I am continuing to care more about ...they have become real to me as have the settings and the customs, the clothing and the terrain. I do not believe I will ever 'get" the Welsh...spelling or pronunciation, though! These are wonderful books. I am beginning among to feel as if I am
Oct 26, 2018 rated it liked it
I am not a fan of mysteries, but anything Sarah Woodbury writes, I like!
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I do love the way that things that happen in one book have an effect in another, and so the characters become more and more real. The relationships between King Owain and his sons and between Hywel and Rhun themselves develop here, and it is interesting to see more of Rhun this time.
The music festival is an interesting part of the story, and the tangled web of both Welsh and English politics again provides a fascinating backdrop to what at first appears to be a fairly straightforward death of a
Aug 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
I've enjoyed this whole series so far, not least because Gwen and Gareth are very likeable characters and it's interesting to read how their lives progress. But out of them all, this one feels a bit unfinished, they solve the process of the murder but it somehow feels that the depths of the motive have not yet been plumbed. I'm hoping that's because there's going to be a sequel which will reveal more. This is also the first one in which I've felt some sympathy for the 'body' and I would have lik ...more
Mar 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Look, some of the plotholes in this one were big enough to drive a truck through, and the writing remains nothing to get excited about, but as a journey through the worlds of the middle classes and the poor, this book holds enough interest to make it worthwhile. Another key strength is the background, but constant, understanding of how Gwen's relative freedoms are further curtailed by children.

I can't defend the plot though.
Valerie Antijunti
Jun 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I can't get enough of Gareth and Gwen

The Gareth and Gwen stories just keep getting better and better. Before I was even done reading this book, I was looking forward to the next one. It is written so that I feel as though the story is being told to me by a friend.
Kathi Reed
Mar 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
good series
Feb 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: medieval-mystery
Jun 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
An unexpected supise ending.
May 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Must admit. Up at this hour due to cough. But nice to have something good to read to keep me company.
Jun 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun read, and possibly my favorite Gareth & Gwen mystery yet.
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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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