A Swarming of Bees, Paperback
3.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


  • Format: Paperback
  • Publisher: Acorn Independent Press
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  • Category: Historical mysteries
  • ISBN: 9781909122222


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This is an engaging murder mystery novel set during the early days of medieval history in the 7th century when the English church was deciding whether to follow Celtic or Roman practice and at the same time a lot of people still worshipped pagan gods. It features real historical characters such as Abbess Hild who presided over a monastic community of both monks and nuns in Northumbria. The characters, both real and fictional, are engaging, and while the plot is a little slow to gather pace, it then takes off against a background of plague and intrigue about visitors to Hild's community who are not what they seem. I liked this and would read more by this author.

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This book was ok, I read my way through it as I enjoy this period of history and thought the plot sounded interesting. The Herb-wife in a Northumbrian monastry who is supposed to be able to go anywhere un-noticed and find who-ever is poisoning the community, but it was very slow and predictable. I kept waiting for the plot to pick up and give me some of the religous and political oomph that these times possessed, but it didn't really do that. There was a little excitement with the plague wiping out whole swathes of the country, but that was really as good as it got, left me wanting more in depth content.