Dead Man's Ransom: 9 (Cadfael Chronicles) Mass Market Paperback – 21 Mar 1985
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'A more atttractive and prepossessing detective it would be hard to find.' SUNDAY TIMES
In his ninth chronicle Brother Cadfael discovers that the death of a prisoner is far from natural, but he still faces an uphill struggle to prove how he really died.See all Product Description
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This tale hangs very much on the civil war and the proximity to Wales. It involves an exchange of high ranking prisoners between the Welsh and English, captured in two very different battles resulting from the politics of the day and a breakaway rebel Welsh faction. When one of the prisoners unexpectedly dies, Cadfael has to navigate his way through both wordly politics and the human heart to find the killer. It is a well told tale, quite complex in parts but so clearly laid out as to be easy to follow.
This two hour production stars Philip Madoc in a fine performance as Cadfael. With his mellifluous voice he strikes just the right note, evoking the basic humanity of the man, and the steely determination to see justice served. Also included in the cast are Michael Kitchen as the narrator, and Susannah York as Sister Magdalene. It is an excellent production. Having read the books many times, Madoc is almost exactly how I imagine Cadfael to sound.Read more ›
Set in the year 1141, civil war runs amok in Britain between King Stephen and the Empress Maud, and it appears that the end of the twelve year old struggle is in sight. The war has taken its toll in many areas, as civil wars do, and the people are quite weary of it all. Maud's forces, however, now have captured the king himself.
The sheriff of Shropshire, too, has been taken captive. This means, in those days, that in all likelihood an exchange of prisoners will take place.
Alas, one of the captives is now dead and it is our Brother Cadfael who senses that, indeed, it is murder, and, just as naturally as Peters would have it, it is he who is given the responsibility to solve the case and to try to bring about the release of the king.
Brother Cadfael is the former crusader now a Benedictine monk, who specializes in herbal medicines, solving murders, and compassion. Peters (Edith Pargeter) has developed her Cadfael through this series of medieval whodunits into a man of the cloth easily admired and respected. He is a man of firm, and devout, principles; a man who seems to carry the weight of the shire on his own Welch-born shoulders!
Peters has made grand the area of Shropshire, and especially the town of Shrewsbury there on the Welch borders. She has also created an exciting family of literary characters to complement Cadfael: Hugh Beringar (deputy sheriff of the shire and Cadfael's closest friend) and his wife Aline, Abbot Radulfus (the venerable patriarch of the abbey, and other members of the abbey.Read more ›
Thankfully, Ellis Peters writing is of sufficient standard that these faults are just an irritation. I have abandoned some other authors works because the bad punctuation and/or misspellings were just the last straw.
But as someone else said about Kindle books, you get what you pay for, I suppose.
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Only outline details of the plot are given in this review: there is no spoiler.
The ninth Cadfael was published in 1984. Read more
A great story but, like others have said, it is badly let down by the lack of proof-reading. The commas are the worst, they seem to be just thrown on to the page at random. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Woodyjon
This is a very good read as the Cadfael books usually are and there is no need to read them in order. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
Ellis Peter's book is fine. What spoiled it was the typing - commas randomly scattered all over the place for no apparent reason made it very irritating to read.Published 23 months ago by bronwyn westacott