Murder at Avedon Hill by P.G. Holyfield: A Review

The latest podiobook we have finished listening to is Murder at Avedon Hill. A murder mystery in a fantasy world, combining two of the EIC’s and my favourite genres.

“Lord Avedon has a problem. Generations of Avedons have watched over Avedon Hill and controlled the only pass through the Lantis Mountains. Traditions are important to the Avedon family, but one tradition has tragically come to an end. Gretta Platt, Housemistress of Avedon Manor, has been murdered. A member of the Platt family has always served the Avedons as Housemistress. until now. Only a handful of people live at Avedon Hill, and most are suspects. Arames Kragen, retired Aarronic Advisor and scholar of prophecy, arrives at the gates of Avedon Hill, hoping to gain access to the mountain pass. Lord Avedon is not in a giving mood, however.

This is the story of Arames Kragen and his attempt not only to discover who killed Gretta Platt, but also to uncover the truth about a town that apparently has more secrets than inhabitants.

The Land of Caern: It is a world where the gods, the Children of Az, can choose to be born as mortals to directly affect events in the world, and often do. It is a world where the Priests of Caern frantically search for the mortal incarnations of any of the Children, in order prevent the Prophecies of Iberian from coming to pass.

Welcome to The Land of Caern. Welcome. to Murder at Avedon Hill, the podcast novel by P.G. Holyfield” From the site

This is an award winning podiobook, which has been recommended numerous times by other authors. It was different to the other books we had listened to as it is not just the author reading his work, but also having other podiobook authors read different characters. So in some ways it was almost a dramatisation. We really enjoyed it, though we both felt it was a little long. Some 42 to episodes worth of listening. I also found the ending  a little unsatisfactory as one of the sub plots, of which there were many, was not resolved to my liking. There was a lot of world building going on, and it may be that later on that strand will be resolved, as it was obvious P.G. is looking to develop a series of books. I would be interested to know how that is going for him, and whether they willal be mystery/fantasy crosses.  


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