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One Corpse Too Many (Chronicles Of Brother Cadfael Book 2) by [Peters, Ellis]
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Book 2 of 20 in Chronicles of Brother Cadfael (20 Book Series)

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"Each addition to the series is a joy. Long may the Chronicles continue." --"USA Today" "Delightful . . . A colorful and authentic medieval background fraught with swordplay and a challenge to the death." --"Publishers Weekly" "You'll love Brother Cadfael, wily veteran of the Crusades. . . . This was England before the age of tea and crumpets." --"Los Angeles Times "

Each addition to the series is a joy. Long may the Chronicles continue. USA Today

Delightful... A colorful and authentic medieval background fraught with swordplay and a challenge to the death. Publishers Weekly

You ll love Brother Cadfael, wily veteran of the Crusades.... This was England before the age of tea and crumpets. Los Angeles Times
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Brother Cadfael's abilities are tested to the limit in this reissue of the second Cadfael chronicle.

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  • Publisher: Head of Zeus (2 Jun. 2014)
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  • Language: English
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Brother Cadfael has acquired an unexpected apprentice in this entertaining crime story set in 1138 at the height of Stephen's battle against Matilda for the throne of England. Shrewsbury has fallen to Stephen and many have been executed.

Cadfael is asked to lay out the bodies and organise the claiming of the bodies by relatives. But there is one more body than he was told and he realises that this extra body has been murdered rather than being a judicial killing.

I am getting to like Cadfael as a character - he is calm and rational whatever the circumstances and he is intelligent and observant. I thought the plot was well constructed and it did keep me guessing and it was a shock when the murderer was revealed.

If you want to read one of the original historical crime series then Brother Cadfael is a must. This is the second book in the series.
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Loved all the series but please see review of the last one Brother Cadfael’s Penance
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great read
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Although I'm a big fan of the televised series I'd never actually read any of the Cadfael novels. As they are available at a great price on kindle I thought I'd start. One corpse too many is a great follow on from 'a morbid taste...' as it takes us into the bitter war between Maud and Steven. It's also Cadfael's first meeting with Hugh Beringer and how they came to form a friendship. It's a thrilling read that I just whizzed through in a few nights. The TV series was actually very true to the book, with much of the dialogue pulled straight from the novel. When its written this well why wouldn't you.
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It's so refreshing to read a mystery series with no gore or bad language that is mixed with a cast of characters I'd like to know in real life. They're wise, honorable people. The central character is a monk, but don't let that put you off. He becomes a real person with flaws, not some pie-in-the-sky paragon of perfection. This book gives a black-and-white movie feeling, for which I'm very grateful. It's a good, comfort read. If you're afraid the historical aspect and time period will go right over your head, don't be. Ellis Peters is gifted, so you don't have to be. Just relax and enjoy learning about Empress Maud and King Stephen. It's ok. There's no final exam at the end, and even if there was, you could probably pass it. So, no worries.

The setting really does come alive on the page, and you'll feel safe and secure in that world with Brother Cadfael as your guide. I've enjoyed meeting every character in this series so far. This one shines in all categories: plot, characters, setting, and good writing. I wouldn't say any of them are taking the lead, leaving others behind. I feel this series can be compared to the The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series. Both have good writing featuring warm, wise characters, and a setting with which you may be unfamiliar. There is humor, and you'll learn something along the way. You may not know what to expect, but you'll be glad you took the time to find out.
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England is in turmoil over the crown, between King Stephen and Queen Maude. King Stephen has set siege on the castle of Shrewsbury, who are loyal to Queen Maude. After taking the castle, and the principle players against him have escaped, Stephen orders that the 94 loyal Maude supporter left to be hanged, and the brothers at the Benedictine Abbey of St. Peter and St. Paul are ordered to bury the dead.

But when Brother Cadfael arrives and does a body count, there are 95 not 94. It soon becomes apparent that there is one corpse too many, 94 hanged men and one murdered man.

Brother Cadfael is given 4 days in which to solve and catch a murderer, before King Stephen moves on and allows the murderer to roam free.

This is the second of the Brother Cadfael mysteries, and is full of intrigue, mystery and romance.

Ellis Peters weaves a tapestry of the 12th century, drawing you in and holding you captive.

I love historical mysteries, and Ellis Peters is one of the best writers in this field. She has me returning back to her stories, time after time.

This was a audiobook, produced by Hachette Audio UK and downloaded via Audible.co.uk. Narrated by Stephen Thorne, whose rich voice, brings Brother Cadfael and the 12th century to life.
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Thoroughly enjoyed it. I knew of the Cadfael books through the TV series and decided to try one in 'book' form (this is a Kindle review). Ellis Peters writes well and the historical background is both interesting and informative. I like detective novels and, if you do too, then I would heartily recommend this book and, in fact, the whole series.
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With her first Brother Cadfael novel ("A Morbid Taste for Bones"), English author Ellis Peters introduced us to perhaps, now, the most famous of the medieval "detectives"! And in her second installment, "One Corpse Too Many," we find the erstwhile Benedictine monk up to his neck in another murder mystery, this time involving way too many deaths!
In this episode, Brother Cadfael and his beloved Shrewsbury have the unpleasant task of burying the bodies of 94 soldiers, killed as a result of a battle between Stephen and the Empress Maud, both trying to claim the throne of England. In this ugly civil war, we find the countryside constantly in a flux as to which side is which, as this struggle, which lasted for 12 years, seemed to change shapes and sides all too frequently. In this instance, it is Stephen who has won the day. After the hanging of the hold-outs, Brother Cadfael, representing the church and the Abbey of St. Peter and St. Paul in Shrewsbury, goes in to arrange for the proper burial of the dead. He is told there were exactly 94 bodies. Instead, he finds an extra one--that of a young man, unidentified, who has had his throat slashed.
And Brother Cadfael, over the course of the novel, uses all his God-given talents to solve the mystery. And solve it, of course, he does. He wants not only to identify the young man, but to name the murderer. At the same time, Peters, whose real name is Edith Pargeter, lays the foundation for two of her other recurring characters, Aline and Hugh Beringer (This is a nice romantic touch!). Cadfael, himself, is the herbalist to the abbey and uses that skill to help him solve the murder. He is also able to call upon some of the knowledge he learned during his younger days as a Crusader to the Holy Lands.
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