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Product Details

  • Paperback: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Dragon Moon Press (May 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1897492103
  • ISBN-13: 978-1897492109
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,208,647 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Author

Murder at Avedon Hill won the John W. Polidori Award for Best Vampire Novel of 2010.
Murder at Avedon Hill won the Silver Medal for Fiction - Fantasy at the Foreward 2010 Book of the Year Awards.

More About the Author

P.G. Holyfield grew up in the grand state of Virginia. While attending the University of Virginia, P.G. majored in Religious Studies, focusing on the belief systems and myths of the Eastern world. His love for mythology led to the creation of his fantasy setting called The Land of Caern.

A gamer for most of his life, P.G. has spent almost twenty years creating content for The Land of Caern. After finishing the first draft of Murder at Avedon Hill, P.G. produced the audio version of the novel as a podcast. Two years later, with over half a million audio episodes downloaded, Murder at Avedon Hill was brought to print by Dragon Moon Press.

Murder at Avedon Hill won the John W. Polidori Award for Best Vampire Novel of 2010.

Murder at Avedon Hill was a finalist for Best Fantasy Novel at the 2010 Foreword Book of the Year Awards.

P.G. continues to produce audio and video content, hosting three podcasts for his website, specficmedia.com: the award nominated "Beyond the Wall" GoT podcast, "SpecFicMedia.com Presents: Consumption," and a new show called "SpecFicMedia.com Presents: Tintin Forever."

Sadly, P.G. lost his way and now resides in the one state he never anticipated falling in love with... North Carolina.

You can find out more about The Land of Caern and P.G. Holyfield at http://pgholyfield.com

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I can't wait for the sequal to come out!
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The mystery itself kept me guessing from start to end, and the story is filled with characters I cared about.
Christiana Ellis
If you're a fan of mystery or of fantasy you'll likely love this book.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Wayne Selznick on May 15, 2010
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Murder at Avedon Hill by P. G. Holyfield is a murder mystery tale in a rich pastoral fantasy setting. The classic elements of a "locked room" (and "locked town," for that matter) mystery are all there: the stoic scholarly investigator and his brash young ward, the grief-stricken lord of the manor, a community full of suspects where everyone has secrets... heck, there's even a shifty butler! P. G. has dropped these traditional mystery ingredients into a satisfyingly deep fantasy backdrop.

Role-playing game enthusiasts will find some familiar structure in "Murder at Avedon Hill." Thing is, the "wander around, ask people questions and get sent on various sidetracks" formula is a standard of classic mysteries, too, and P. G. Holyfield keeps it all fun and fascinating as he reveals more and more connections and complications between the residents of the tightly-knit Avedon Hill.

The character and setting rendering really shine in "Murder at Avedon Hill." While the focus is on the colorful citizens, there's plenty of attention on the underlying deep and rich history, cosmology and conflicting theologies of the world -- P. G. Holyfield has obviously laid the groundwork for more books in the Land of Caern.

A very good debut!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By J. C. Hutchins on May 15, 2010
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An incredible debut by P.G. Holyfield, "Murder at Avalon Hill" blends the best elements of the mystery/thriller genres with a brilliantly realized fantasy setting. While the world of MaAH is remarkable and authentic, the slick mystery elements and memorable characters will keep you turning the pages. Highly recommended.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Christiana Ellis on May 15, 2010
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I had the good fortune to listen to this story as a podcast first and am incredibly excited to own it in print. The story follows a wise man and his noble-blooded apprentice as they travel through a land of dark fantasy. But when a local Lord won't open the mountain pass until they agree to help solve a murder, things get complicated. The entire town is suspect! Is it the creepy potion-maker who just might be a witch? The blacksmith with an axe to grind? One of the Lord's own family? Not to mention the very real possibility that the killer may be a vampire or a werewolf!

PG Holyfield has created a rich fantasy universe in which to set his murder mystery, a dimension with its own history, gods, culture, religions and mythology. The mystery itself kept me guessing from start to end, and the story is filled with characters I cared about. Loved this story as a podcast, and I eagerly anticipate re-experiencing it in print!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michell Plested on May 15, 2010
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It is not unusual for a novel to have elements from more than one genre in it. Fantasy novels often have quests and/or mysteries to solve as one example. Seldom have two genres been merged together so well as Fantasy and Mystery in Murder at Avedon Hill.

The characters are multilayered and deep, each having his or her own distinct voice. The mystery elements are well thought out and give the reader plenty of twists and turns without an easily figured out ending. Then there is the setting. PG has crafted a setting that is more than just buildings and trees. It is a setting that is rich with layers of political, religious and secular intrigue as well.

There are plots and subplots galore, but not so many as to lose the reader. They all work together in a delightful harmony that will keep you turning the pages well into the night.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dan Absalonson on May 15, 2010
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A fun story full of rich characters, I really enjoyed following the two protagonist's through thier quest to find what happened in the small town, meeting lot's of interesting folks along the way. The world P.G. created was a fun one to visit, when it was over I wanted to keep traveling along with the characters. It's one of those books I know I'll start thinking about again sometime down the line, and pick up again for another rewarding read. I can't wait for the sequal to come out!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Edward G. Talbot - Thriller author on May 15, 2010
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I was able to listen to this book in its podcast format and am looking forward to reading it in print. I am a big fan of mysteries and thrillers, but I don't read so much fantasy. I have read reviews by fantasy fans who love it, and I'm here to tell you that mystery fans will love it as well.

The characters are quirky and varied and the mystery keeps you guessing. Holyfield spends plenty of time building the alternate world, but never strays too far from the twists of the plot. He gives you the unexpected, but never anything that leaves you scratching your head about how that could have followed.

In short, he's penned a winner. I encourage you to check it out
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Terry Mixon on May 15, 2010
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Murder at Avedon Hill is a wonderful blend of perplexing murder mystery and magical fantasy. When Arames Kragen, a retired advisor to one of the great royal families in the known world and his young nobleman apprentice arrive at Avedon Hill on the way to a conference, they discover that the only pass through the mountains is closed due to the horrific murder of Lord Avedon's Housemistress, Gretta Platt, supposedly by a vampire.

Unable to continue on his journey, Arames must insert himself and his young companion into the small town and its secretive inhabitants to get to the bottom of the killing. Unfortunately, Lord Avedon seems less than willing or forthcoming. It will take all Arames' skill and insight to unknot the twisted mysteries that surround the killing and both he and his companion's strong weapon arms to survive to see the murderer brought down.

Fill with magic, mystery, and fantastical creatures, Murder at Avedon Hill is an astonishingly good read that will have you guessing who is hiding what right up to the final plot twist. A brilliant first book in what promises to be a fabulous and detailed world by this debut author. A must buy for anyone that loves mystery and fantasy.
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