Title: The Good Knight
Author: Sarah Woodburry
Series: Gareth and Gwen Medieval Mysteries #1
Released: September 2011
Publisher: The Morgan-Stanwood Publishing Group
Intrigue, suspicion, and rivalry among the royal princes casts a shadow on the court of Owain, king of north Wales… The year is 1143 and King Owain seeks to unite his daughter in marriage with an allied king. But when the groom is murdered on the way to his wedding, the bride’s brother tasks his two best detectives—Gareth, a knight, and Gwen, the daughter of the court bard—with bringing the killer to justice. And once blame for the murder falls on Gareth himself, Gwen must continue her search for the truth alone, finding unlikely allies in foreign lands, and ultimately uncovering a conspiracy that will shake the political foundations of Wales.
King Owain seeks to unite his daughter in marriage with an allied king, King Anarawd. But King Anarawd is murdered on his way to his own wedding, and the bride’s brother, Prince Hywel works with his two best detectives, Gwen and Gareth to bring the killer to justice.
Gwen and Gareth were separated 5 years ago when her father refused to let them get married. But a lot has changed in 5 years… Gareth is now a knight and Gwen is now a spy for Prince Hywel. As they try to catch the killer, Gareth and Gwen find that they only trust each other.
But the murderer is a sly one… and Gareth finds himself the chief murder suspect and is thrown in prison by King Owain. With Gareth in prison, Prince Hywel and Gwen continue to look for the real murderer and when they get closer than they realize, Gwen gets kidnapped. Prince Hywel releases Gareth from prison and they go to find Gwen…
I loved the interactions between Hywel and his older brother, Prince Rhun. They are different from each other, but they work together really well and don’t have the jealousies that were typical among heirs and second sons of their day. I loved the interactions between Gwen and Gareth, too!
There was a surprise at the end that I didn’t see coming. I felt like a few things were left hanging, but then found out there was a second book (The Uninvited Guest) which tied up those loose ends…
Rating: 4.5 stars
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