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Monk's Hood: The Cadfael Chronicles III : Brother Cadfael (Thorndike Press Large Print Buckinghams) Paperback – 1 Jan 1998

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  • Paperback: 310 pages
  • Publisher: Thorndike Pr; Lrg edition (Jan. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786210737
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786210732
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 14 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,671,778 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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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.

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This is the third instalment of the Cadfael series, written in 1980. It's now December 1138 and we swap the besieged town of Shrewsbury that was the centre of action in `One Corpse Too Many' for a Shrewsbury in peacetime. "It was a better world than it had looked in the spring, and an ending that improves on its beginning is always good news."

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.
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By Sebastian Palmer TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 Feb. 2014
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Edith Pargeter, or Ellis Peter as she is here, was a master storyteller, and the pleasure I get from reading her books - only the Cadfael chronicles so far (but I'll certainly check out her other writing in the fullness of time) - is very like the pleasure listening to Nigel North playing John Dowland's lute music gives me. And that is: always comfortably familiar, masterfully executed, and both uplifting and pleasurable.

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.
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I very much enjoyed this even though the identity of the killer wasn't hard to work out (motive wasn't obvious however). Read this if you enjoy historical mysteries or if you were a fan of the television series since the books are even better. Avoid if you prefer books like The Tokyo Zodiac Murders, the reader isn't expected to deduce anything. Agatha Christie fans would probably like this.
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By Max VINE VOICE on 25 Sept. 2015
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An excellent read. Cadfael investgates a poisoning of a wealthy Lord with a concoction from his own stores. It re-introduces the contemptable Prior Robert and his dogsbody Brother Jerome. It makes for a tense thriller as Cadfael must obey Robert's order while he is in charge, whilst trying to clear the name of a young man. I found it a great read from start to finish. Looking forward to reading book 4 in the series.
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This is an enjoyable story. At the Abbey Church in Shrewsbury a visitor is given a lavish meal, but is poisoned. The poison contains herbs (such as monks hood) that are used by Cadfael among his healing ointments and medicines though he had no part in preparing the meal. The characters of the monks and other people associated with the abbey are well brought out, and the search for the poisoner spreads into the countryside around and across into Wales. There is plenty of action but the basic pace is controlled by the ordered life of the monks and their daily services. There are no other deaths but the peaceful security has been deeply disturbed.
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What can I say really? This book is about a gentleman who moves his family into the care of the monks at the price of him leaving his estate to them when he passes away. This naturally upsets the current benefactor of the will and suspicions arise when the gentleman is murdered by ingesting a poison which is part of a remedy created by brother Cadfael.
The story is well written - as usual - and is well paced. Well worth reading!
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By Mr. D. L. Rees TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 April 2011
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The third Cadfael novel. It is still 1138, Shrewsbury calmer now no longer the battleground between King Stephen and Empress Maud. The Abbey is without its gentle, aged Abbot Heribert - he summoned to London and almost certainly to be relieved of his post. Prior Robert deputizes - undoubtedly efficient, but ambitious and without warmth. A sudden death in one of the Abbey's guesthouses causes concern and embarrassment. Monk's-Hood is to blame, the ointment produced by Cadfael used to poison a partridge. Murder! Instantly the hunt is on for the victim's stepson Edwin, the two having just quarrelled. Edwin really the culprit? Cadfael is not so sure....

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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