Monk's Hood: The Cadfael Chronicles III : Brother Cadfael (Thorndike Press Large Print Buckinghams) Paperback – 1 Jan 1998
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A more attractive and preposessing detective would be hard to find -Sunday Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Past misdeeds find present and deadly reckonings in the third chronicle of Brother Cadfael, Ellis Peters' marvellously created medieval detective. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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Monk's-hood is a poison, otherwise known as wolfsbane, which hints at the type of murder involved in this instalment. Without giving too much of the plot away, circumstances point to the murderer being a fourteen-year-old boy, but Cadfael considers that, "A hot-tempered, proud, affronted boy seemed to him a possible suspect had Bonel [the victim] been struck down with a fist or even dagger, but a very unlikely poisoner"; a poisoner's temperament is "secret, dark and bitter."
This Cadfael tale also has interesting complications arising when English and Welsh law meet over the question of inheritance.
As usual, Ellis Peters guides the narrative well in a good naturalistic style and natural justice runs its course at the end.
When writing under her Ellis Peters name, Pargeter always weaves a beautifully beguiling and very believable medieval tapestry, in this instance centred around a poisoning. If you know the world of Cadfael - this was actually the third story in the series (but I came to it at random) - certain already familiar characters return, such as his chum, the affable deputy-sheriff Hugh Beringar, and the serenely self-satisfied prior Robert and his lackey Jerome. Between them Peters' characters present all the facets of human nature, admittedly perhaps in simplified form, but nevertheless in a satisfying manner.
The story-line is, as ever, expertly wrought, and the pacing, the detail and atmosphere characteristically plausible. My pleasure reading these books has been such as to lead my wife and I to explore Shrewsbury. It was fun. But in terms of effort and expense the Cadfael books are a more cost-effective pleasure! Cadfael himself is a great creation (as, come to think of it, is Ellis Peters!), and in this superb story he gets to exercise all his usual admirable qualities. His dignity and humanity, wit and forbearance, clarity and generosity, always ensure a good outcome, and, in my experience, often a very moving one.Read more ›
The story is well written - as usual - and is well paced. Well worth reading!
As ever, the novel delights - the humour, there in the first book, less so in the second, now more in evidence. Admittedly readers on this occasion may be ahead of Cadfael in identifying the killer but are far less likely to anticipate what happens after guilt is proved.
A particular strength is the characterization. Edwin and kindred spirit Edwy are fun. Cadfael himself is shown in a new light - unexpectedly faced with his great love of forty two years earlier. Especially appealing is his young assistant Brother Mark - gawky and shy when with others but blossoming under Cadfael's guidance, now a chatty source of interesting gossip and with a crucial part to play. Aloof Prior Robert, so cold and demanding, proves a formidable presence - aided and abetted by odious talebearing sycophant Brother Jerome. Even minor characters come over strongly - as when in Wales for the novel's dramatic climax.
Ellis Peters is adept at tying up loose ends. When we think she has finished, there is still one to come. Savour most slowly the return of Heribert - all apprehensively assembled to greet him, Robert and Jerome scarcely able to conceal their excitement....
Another immensely satisfying read, the book eventually closed with a contented sigh.
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Have already read all of this series, have the DVD collection too. Now reading again. Excellent readsPublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Read the series in hardback - re bought fr kindle and is still one of the best books in the series.Published 7 months ago by Chris MacLeod