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Excellent Mystery [Mass Market Paperback]

Ellis Peters
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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April 1990
In the year of our Lord 1142, August comes in golden as a lion, and two monks ride into the Benedictine Abbey of Saint Peter and Saint Paul bringing with them disturbing news of war -- and a mystery.
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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Fawcett Books; Reissue edition (April 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0449212246
  • ISBN-13: 978-0449212240
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 1.8 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,323,804 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A pleasing and unusual mixture of suspense and historical fiction. (EVENING STANDARD) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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In his eleventh chronicle, Brother Cadfael suspects that the relationship between two refugees from civil war hides a deeper trauma that their shared flight. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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AUGUST CAME in, that summer of 1141, tawny as a lion and somnolent and purring as a heartside cat. Read the first page
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Marriage is the core of this mystery story where things are not what they seem. They never are but, in this case, you have to be surprised. No one would expect this end, mainly because the concept of marriage is so different from today. I believe it is the book by Ellis Peters more difficult to understand by today's standards and so more truly medieval in nature. That only makes it more intriguing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mystery and death 1 May 2011
Open up almost any of Ellis Peters' Cadfael mysteries, and chances are that you'll find a romance circling around the heart of it -- good ones, bad ones, and occasionally weird ones. "An Excellent Mystery: The Eleventh Chronicle of Brother Cadfael" is a solid example of the third kind, centering on a powerful love affair, and the only downside is the occasional stretch of believability.

After the abbey at Winchester is burned down, two new monks arrive at Shrewsbury -- Brother Humilis, a famous ex-crusader, and Brother Fidelis, a mute young boy who follows him and cares for him. It also turns out that Humilis received some truly horrible wounds during the Crusades that are slowly killing him, and have left him basically castrated. Because of his injury, he ended his engagement to a rich young girl named Lady Julian and became a monk.

However, an old friend of his arrives at the abbey and asks for his blessing in wooing Julian... only to find that while her brother says she became a nun, there is no trace of her becoming one. Cadfael is brought into the investigation, with only some pieces of jewelry as the clues to where she has gone -- but it soon becomes clear that one of the monks is more than he appears.

This book ends with a marriage prayer, and honestly that isn't surprising. "An Excellent Mystery" revolves around marriage, thwarted love and how true love can be divorced from sex -- on one hand you have the deep love between Fidelis and Humilis, and on the other you have a bisexual monk's obsessions and with Rhun and Fidelis (which are all about physical attraction and rage, with no actual love).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent buy. 12 Dec 2013
By Jules38
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I bought this to replace the version I had on tape so know the story and the reading well. Just so pleased to have it safe now
on cd. Highly recommended.
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