on 11 July 2015
I love all the Cadfael books, and reading this one, I was not disappointed. A good mystery tale, very well written. It takes you back to a calmer, more settled time, where things seemed to be much simpler. Everyone lived a life which revolved round the daily toil, and a supreme faith in God. The Church was much more powerful, and attendance was the norm. The character of Cadfael is most appealing, a mixture of the secular and monastic. You wish you could meet him and talk with him, a most interesting man.
on 3 October 2002
When the body of a beautiful young woman is found in a field belonging to the Abbey Cadfael is forced to put his regular duties as herbalist on hold while he sifts through the clues to detect the murderer. This is of course and excellent thriller, as usual, from Ellis Peters, I envy anyone who has not read this series yet.
on 22 January 2002
Ellis Peters manages to write a most surprising mystery book. The end is totally unexpected and, as always, we find Brother Cadfael thick in the middle of murder but even he can be mislead and this time he is no better than us, his humble followers and admirers. The characters are fascinating but, curiously, this time, the most interesting is an old and sick woman who knows more than anyone would think.
on 12 January 2011
Of all the stores about Brother Cadfael, this happens to be my least favourite, but because it is him, I had to have it. It is an interesting storyline, not one to be missed in the saga, just somehow does not grab me as much as the others. Nonetheless the series would not be complete without it.