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Murder at Avedon Hill Paperback – May 7, 2010
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Top Customer Reviews
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!
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!
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.
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.
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
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was pulled into Murder at Avedon Hill from word one. Holyfield’s characters are true to their own personalities and natures from start to finish. Read morePublished 22 months ago by August
I read a lot of books. I love fanasty most of all and this book really got a hold of me. I listened to the Podcast when it came out and waited eagerly each week for the next... Read morePublished on August 25, 2014 by Scott
Arames and his student, Arrin Perti, come to the city of Avedon Hill, the city all had to go through to get to the mountain pass because there is no other way around, as they were... Read morePublished on March 2, 2014 by MelHay
This is not a mystery story. It is a hodgepodge and mash-up of every topical interest of adolescents. Read morePublished on January 9, 2014 by Elliott Avedon
This was an absolute delight to read or listen to in the case of the podcast. Why you may ask? well I will tell you. Read morePublished on December 7, 2012 by Jay_Otaku
I listened to the Podcast serial of this book, which was really very excellent. It's free and I decided that I'd like to support the author by purchasing the published book. Read morePublished on September 14, 2011 by Diane Severson
A bit slow to get started but got much better in the middle. It ended with a bang and I look forward to the squels.Published on July 24, 2011 by Amazon Customer
When gods entwine themselves in the events of mortals, nothing goes as expected. "Murder at Avedon Hill" is a fascinating fantasy from P. G. Read morePublished on February 10, 2011 by Midwest Book Review