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The Buried Cross: Abbey Mysteries 1 Paperback – 1 Apr 2004
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Medieval mystery story
When an ancient coffin is discovered in the grounds of Glastonbury Abbey, the local monks believe they've revealed the final resting place of King Arthur and his queen. In the coffin is also found a crude leaden cross. But when the cross and the bones are stolen, Gwyneth and Hereward have to find out their whereabouts. Their hunt leads them to a labyrinth of underground tunnels where they meet a hermit - could he be able to shed some light on the disappearance of the cross? This is a Cadfael for kids, with strong child characters, exciting mystery plot, and a light mystical Arthurian touch. It is being published in partnership with the successful packaging company, Working Partners, who are responsible for such series as "Animal Ark" and "Dolphin Diaries".
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Gwyneth Mason and her brother, Hereward, live in the town of Glastonbury, England, where their parents run an inn, in the year 1190. Ever since a fire several years ago, the Glastonbury Abbey is no longer attracting pilgrims, and as a result, the town has become poor. While the Abbey is being rebuilt, there is a wonderful discovery -- the bones of King Arthur and Queen Guinevere are found buried in the courtyard. Gwyneth knows this miraculous find will bring visitors to the Abbey again, and thus improve life for everyone in Glastonbury. But when the bones are stolen, all hope seems lost. Gwyneth and Hereward are determined not to give up, and set out to solve the mystery themselves.
THE BURIED CROSS starts off a wonderful new Medieval mystery series for kids. Readers who enjoy other historical mystery series, such as The Roman Mysteries, are sure to enjoy this new series as well. I truly enjoyed the likable characters and unique setting of this book, and I look forward to reading future books in the series.