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  • The Dragons of Archenfield

  • By: Edward Marston
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (22 ratings)

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Summary

The frontier zone of Archenfield in Herefordshire is a no-man's-land, which acts as a bulwark between Norman-controlled English soil and the Welsh border. Soldier Ralph Delchard and lawyer Gervase Bret arrive in Hereford for what looks like one of their more straightforward assignments from the crown, to settle conflicting claims to land in Archenfield.

Ralph and Gervase are shocked to discover the murder of a principal witness, a wealthy landowner who was burned alive in his own home. No clues remain except an enigmatic red dragon cut into the turf in front of the house.

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A murder mystery marinated in border politics

Well drawn characters, if a little carictatured. The political situation is well portrayed and a few crumbs of romantic interest is thrown in for good measure. The narration is clear and there is a good attempt to delineate characters during dialogue.

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david thorp is such a good narrator : D

bought this book because of its narrator: David Thorp being SO good
As Mr Thorp been the voice of the Doctor matthew Bartholomew and his entertaining companions in the Matthew Bartholomenw Series. Susanna Gregory and Thorp : what a star combination, oh how i wish there were more in that Cambridge series! For instance, dr bartholomews book barer, Cymric, is a decent welshman with a delicious valley's accent.

this Marston novel is however, too vivid for me. i really don't appreciate the stereotypical depiction of the Welsh as, literally, blood thristy, and imbeciles. if they live anywhere near Wales or its borders, like Hereford, the buyer will probably be disappointed. If you are in touch with your feminine side you might not like the Dragon's raw masculinity either

Please can we have more novelists like Susanna Gregory??
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  • 08-02-22

Not my favorite so far

I like the protagonists and the setting. The "romance" bits in this one are tedious though, and felt contrived. It also challenges credibility for every woman they meet to be jawdroppingly beautiful; come on now.
Regards narration: I still find the "voices" somewhat distracting at times. There is barely a breath taken between chapters so the listener is jarred into a new setting without any preparation (though this could be an editing issue rather than narration). And the "Welsh" accent sounds suspiciously like a poor attempt at sounding Jamaican. 😕
This installment is my least favorite of the first three books.