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A Morbid Taste For Bones [Audiobook, MP3 Audio, Unabridged] [MP3 CD]

Ellis Peters , Stephen Thorne
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1 Oct 2011
Murder in the twelfth century is no different from murder today. There is still a dead body, though this time with an arrow through the heart instead of a bullet. There is still a need to bury the dead, to comfort the living - and to catch the murderer. When Brother Cadfael comes to a village in the Welsh hills, he finds himself doing all three of those things. And there is nothing simple about this death. The murdered man's daughter needs Cadfael's help in more ways than one. There are questions about the arrow. And the burial is the strangest thing of all . . .
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  • MP3 CD: 1 pages
  • Publisher: ISIS Audio Books; Unabridged edition (1 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1445016303
  • ISBN-13: 978-1445016306
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 13.5 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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A pleasing, and unusual mixture of suspense and historical fiction. (Evening Standard)

Soothing, but no shortage of mayhem. (The Observer)

A cult figure of crime fiction. (Financial Times) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A specially priced edition to mark the 25th anniversary of the original publication of the first chronicle of Brother Cadfael. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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outside the monastic enclave, but here, in the enclosed garden within the walls, close to the abbot's fishponds and the brook that worked the abbey mill, Brother Cadfael ruled unchallenged. The herbarium in particular was his kingdom, for he had built it up gradually through the fifteen years of labour, and added to it many exotic plants of his own careful raising, collected in a roving youth that had taken him as far afield as Venice, and Cyprus and the Holy Land. Read the first page
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wales win at home to England! 18 Aug 2000
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Ellis Peter's first Cadfael murder mystery takes as its setting the events surrounding the translation of the holy relics of Saint Winifred from the remote Welsh village of Gwytherin to the Benedictine Abbey of Saint Peter and Saint Paul in Shrewsbury in 1138. Taking this real event as her starting point, Peters weaves an enchanting if rather overly romanticised tale of mediaeval rural and monastic life. Naturally, the practical common sense and basic human decency of her very worldy central character, Brother Cadfael, win out in the end. Here, he neatly side-steps all of many power-struggles - both secular and ecclesiastical - going on around him, to provide everyone with their heart's desire and solve the inevitable murder mystery into the bargain! Ellis Peters' writing style is so wonderfully erudite that one can always forgive her the occasional lapse into stereotypical characterisation or silliness of plot which tend to pepper her novels. "A Morbid Taste for Bones" is no exception in this regard, and whilst the story's central murder mystery is not at all hard for the reader to solve, the telling of it is so captivating that the book is hard to put down until it's finished!
Incidentally, I would recommend reading this book before any others in the series, because otherwise you will know which of the main suspects can be eliminated immediately! Of course, if you've seen the TV dramatisation, you'll know the main outcome already, but even then, the book is sufficiently different to still make it well worth reading. Recommended.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cadfael triumps in Peters' adventure 4 May 2000
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"Brother Cadfael had long been up before Prime, pricking out cabbage seedlings before the day was aired, and his thoughts were all on birth, growth, and fertility, not at all on graves and reliquaries and violent deaths...." Thus we meet Ellis Peters' inimitable monk in the initial episode of her long-running Brother Cadfael series. "A Morbid Taste for Bones" begins a series that has collected untold readers who feel that the series is also a crusade for themselves!
It is the twelfth century and throughout Britain, thoughts are on the civil war that is going on between King Stephen and the Empress Maud, twelve years of internecine struggle that, as civil wars are wont to do, has deeply divided the people.
And at the Benedictine monastery in Shrewsbury, Cadfael has settled down to a life of monastic devotion, following a career as a crusader to the Holy Land. His is a past that at first seems incongruent with the life of a monk, but God works His
wonders in many ways, and, as no sinner is beyond God's mercy, as Cadfael likes to say, he has now found his place on earth. "(He) himself found nothing strange in his wide-ranging career, and had forgotten nothing and regretted nothing. He saw no contradiction in the delight he had taken in battle and adventure, and the keen pleasure he now found in quietude."
He is a specialist in medicinal herbs and is in charge of the herbarium; he is a man of God gifted in logic and fair-play; he is a man of great understanding and compassion; and he is no fool. In "A Morbid Taste for Bones," Cadfael is assigned by his prior to lead a delegation to a small village in Wales to acquire the bones of their patron saint, Saint Winifred.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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The love and greed for relics moved all people in the Middle Ages. We can see that love and that greed reflected in this marvellous book but in the end justice is done and the final twist is the most ironic you could ever expect. Besides, this twist goes on and reappears in other books with Brother Cadfael, so it is essential for every fan of this monk-detective for whom relics are special, so very special...
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5.0 out of 5 stars A PARTICULAR PLEASURE 24 April 2011
The first Cadfael novel, from its start a delight. 1137. At Shrewsbury's Benedictine Abbey the magnificent herb garden bears testimony to the skills of its creator, a fifty seven year old monk with a most worldly past. For decades Cadfael fought and loved. Now he has settled for monastic life. His talents are wide, he not only adept at treating illness, but an acute observer of all around him. Great is his understanding of human frailty. Outwardly mild, he should never be underestimated.

Being of Welsh blood, he is the ideal choice to accompany Prior Robert and delegation to Wales, the mission delicate: transfer of Saint Winifred from her grave in remote Gwytherin. The Abbey thereby hopes to attract hordes of pilgrims and greatly boost its income. How will the people of Gwytherin react? Suspicion becomes hostility when their main spokesman is murdered....

Here is a book not to be hurried - all the better to savour its abundance of fascinating detail, subtleties and underlying humour. (The latter bubbles to the surface when a seemingly insurmountable problem is finally resolved.)

The times are evocatively depicted, as are the communities at both the Abbey and the Welsh village. For scene setting and creation of fullblooded characters, this is writing of a very high order. Interwoven are two love stories that greatly appeal and a murder mystery that genuinely intrigues.

An immensely enjoyable, leisurely, uplifting read - its detective far removed from those usually met in books. And so many novels to follow! What more could a reader want?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 1 day ago by Joan M.
3.0 out of 5 stars grows on you
Worth a read.the more the storyline goes on the more you realise that this is in fact a good mystery book with plenty of twists and turns.
Published 5 months ago by Kevin Mulligan:
4.0 out of 5 stars As good as always
The Brother C books are well written and a nice easy read. The historical content is accurate and is in context with all his tales.
Published 5 months ago by J. Hellens
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Cadfael novels
I've enjoyed the Brother Cadfael episodes on TV in years gone by and really enjoyed reading the novel. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Vivienne Chandler
5.0 out of 5 stars Shrewsbury springs to life in the midst of death.
What a wonderful character Ellis Peters created in Brother Cadfael, the monk with the mysterious past having a wealth of herbal lore and the freedom, despite his holy orders to... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Tweedledum
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read.
I have been making my way through the Brother Cadfael Series and this is yet another good read. Cannot wait to see another on special for kindle.
Published 7 months ago by Freda and Wilma
5.0 out of 5 stars Saints ana Sinners Relics
Three different groups of bones to be suitably disposed of and diverse interests to protect but Cadfael is equal to all challenges. Read more
Published 8 months ago by dorothycandy
5.0 out of 5 stars A Morbid Taste for Bones
I am delighted to see the Brother Cadfael novels beginning to appear on kindle and hope they will all be available soon. Read more
Published 9 months ago by S Riaz
5.0 out of 5 stars A Morbid Taste for Bones
I now have all the Brother Cadfael books as unabridged audo books. This was my last one to complete the set.
Published 9 months ago by Barbara Lyddiatt
4.0 out of 5 stars law and disorder
An absorbing read, that gets into a society, or two societies, Norman-English and Welsh, in a period of anarchic history that's way outside the Tudor comfort zone of so many... Read more
Published 10 months ago by SuzM
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