• Deadly Inheritance

  • Sir Geoffrey Mappestone, Book 6
  • By: Simon Beaufort
  • Narrated by: Matt Addis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (11 ratings)

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Deadly Inheritance

By: Simon Beaufort
Narrated by: Matt Addis
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Murder, intrigue and marriage in the Welsh Marches of old...

When Sir Geoffrey’s unpopular brother, Henry, is murdered, he unwillingly inherits Goodrich Castle in the Welsh Marches. Immediately, his sister pushes him towards a marriage that will provide an heir and stability for the family. But when Geoffrey survives attempts on his own life, he wonders whether they are linked to Henry’s death, to his potential brides, or even to the rumoured murder of the Duchess of Normandy, as a Welsh revolt against the English looms.

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Craftly constructed tale. The writer really knows how to bring wedding entrails into life. If you like setting and intrique it is a really good book. the plot is a bit thick in the end but still enjoyable

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Slow start but good finish

It was off to a slow start, a lot of detail but the story picked up after about a third thru the book. Good ending

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  • agnieszka bielecka
  • 09-27-20

naive and shallow

I've foundthis book difficult to listen to. The historical background is so superficial. The characters seems contemporary people dressed in the period outfit. Relations between people from different social backgrouds sound untrue. Everything is composed to fit the plot even if unprobable must happen.

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  • Bretton Girl
  • 08-11-21

Well read but very silly plot elements

First the good stuff, I think this is well read and I find the hero and his family interesting characters. I also like Hilde, one of his potential brides, and his bishop friend and find his weird squire quite darkly amusing.
On the downside there's a lot going on that doesn't make much sense. Firstly, the behaviour of the protagonists servants who think that the hero is a violent dangerous man, possibly even more violent than his brother before him who was their previous master and whom they were terrified of, it for a large proportion of the book they are constantly badmouthing him and being insubordinate. That just doesn't hold water.
The portrait of the mad for blood Welsh woman is frankly very Boudicca and her ability to sway and influence so many men is very hard to swallow. She's the daughter of a minor Welsh land owner and it's highly unlikely her bile would have has such an influence. A man with more power and equal bile is more likely to have been listenee to. Frankly at that time period her Da would have more likely have given her a cuff round the ear and told her to keep her mouth shut.
Even the best of masters in those days would not have stood for that kind of response in their servants and they were really very badly behaved. T
Also, the excuse given for his sister keeping on a servant who she knows is a thief, simply because he's good with horses, also doesn't hold water. It was the countryside a lot of people would have been good with livestock including horses. There would have been plenty of alternatives for her to choose from in point of fact the protagonist actually witnesses for himself that this particular groom very badly treats a horse in his care demonstrating the he wasn't actually all that good at his job anyway.
I won't reveal too much about the plot except to say that there are several different motives for the crimes that take place one of them in particular is very feeble. We are expected to believe that somebody, who is very cowardly, takes quite considerable risks with their own safety just to carry out several crimes purely out of spite and jealousy and nothing much else.
One of the other crimes, and the heroes decision in relation to it, again doesn't hold much water as we are expected to believe that the protagonist (an experienced investigator in murders and a battle hardened warrior) readily accepts that somebody strangled another person by accident even though the murderer isn't physically very strong and it would actually take a lot of effort and quite a bit of time on the part of that person to strangle somebody else. Such a man as the protagonist would be fully aware of this fact and would not accep by any means that the murder was accidental. The excuse is given that the victim is older than their attacker and that is why they are killed easily is nonsense, we've already learnt that the victim is still so young they don't have grey hair and they are young enough to have children so they are probably only in their 30s, hardly a feeble elderly person! In fact many women in their 30s can be healthier and stronger than women in their 20s or late teens. Also why both victim and their killer are in the particular place where the crime occurs is never explained, neither would have a particular reason for being there!
There's a lot of talk about historical events and people but you don't get much of a sense of the time period apart from that.
The portrait of the vengeful Welsh woman is a bit 2D she's just a force of nature and not a person at all and it's really very hard to believe that her Da wouldn't just give her a clip round the ear and tell her to shut up. Honestly, atvthat time period I find it very hard to believe that a woman of a relatively poor family of low level nobility could have that much clout and have that much influence. If she was the only hard to believe character in an extraordinary situation I could let it go but there are just so many of them from the blind girl who is so readily accepted as a potential bride by several Norman noble men when a lot of families in those days had to deal with the stigma of disability when it was manifested in their children. As it was often seen as a manifestation of sin. Additionally there are two other characters with forms of disability, intellectually of very low intelligence. These are two different noble Norman families again they are treated as almost normal with an expectation that the son who suffer from this condition can marry and the daughter who suffers from it can also marry. In fact it's highly unlikely that either would have been deemed eligible for marriage and certainly not eligible for inheritance. That's not to say that they wouldn't have been treated well by their families many disabled people were treated well by families but the fear was that they would pass on their disability to their offspring. Even on occasion people who were not actually born blind but became blind due to a disease or accident were often precluded from marrying as it was still believed among some that they could pass on their disability, despite it not being a birth defect.

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  • Paul FLAHAVIN
  • 08-09-21

Excellent

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Plenty of plot twists and turns, I found the characters interesting and the story flowed along very well.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-03-21

Not Great!

Ending just compounded the whole book for me. Far from a classic. Not a slog due to narration, probably. It's just about okay.

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  • S M Drew
  • 09-12-21

A really interesting if sometimes confusing book!

This is the first time I have found a good story set in Britain at the start of the 11th century and I was not disappointed.

There a raft of characters and lots constantly going on in the book. I look forward to reading more.

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  • Mrs S E Curtis
  • 09-08-22

Good but a bit rushed at the end

I've not read any of this series before but this didn't matter. Some of the plot was a bit silly but overall I enjoyed it. I did lose track of the female characters sometimes and who was who. The narration was very good.

One of the characters takes issue with being gifted a manor in Suffolk and disparages it. I disagree with this, anyone at the time would have been very grateful to own land in Suffolk as East Anglia was a fertile and wealthy part of England during the middle ages.

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  • Cidergirl
  • 07-23-22

Quite enjoyable historical tale

I love books set in the middle ages. This one was fine, I listened with interest and enjoyed it. Good narration.

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  • mrs valerie mcgrath
  • 07-07-22

Great read

An enjoyable historical drama. Read by a narrator who is very pleasing to the ears. I look forward to listening to more of these tales.

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  • Daisydoodle
  • 04-27-22

Historical Drama

Excellent read very interesting as it is set in my area and I've been to Goodrich many times

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  • caroline winterbottom
  • 04-13-22

Not for me

In the words of Sir Geoffrey, he is “sure to meet someone who wants to fight him, marry him or demand a favour from him”! I persevered, listening to several hours of this story over several attempts, but it’s all a bit silly. Finally called a halt when yet another woman tried to have an unlikely conversation with the eligible batchelor.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-28-21

Not to bad

Not a bad story , enjoyed the langage of the time set. Good narration and well written. I enjoy this kind of novel.

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  • EmTeeEm
  • 07-29-22

Deadly Inheritance

This isn’t a book I would normally read but I came across it when I was vacillating on what to read next. This is a good who-dunnit albeit set in the 1100s or before. It was narrated very well. The storyline did tend to repeat itself in its description in places. It did keep me guessing as to ‘who-dunnit’ right up to the end. I haven’t ‘read’ a historical book for awhile so this was a good break between modern who-dunnits and the supernatural books I’ve been listening to, lol. I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to listen to.

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  • Moira
  • 03-23-22

Great Read

I would never had picked this book is it had not have been free with my subscription but I have enjoyed every moment and didn't pick the killer until the end. Well read too, definitely will follow this author