- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Sphere (1 April 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0751543829
- ISBN-13: 978-0751543827
- Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 2 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (182 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 96,455 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
A Morbid Taste For Bones: 1 (Cadfael Chronicles) Paperback – 1 Apr 2010
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"A pleasing, and unusual, mixture of suspense and historical fiction." --"London Evening Standard" "You'll love Brother Cadfael, wily veteran of the Crusades. . . . This was England before the age of tea and crumpets." --"Los Angeles Times "
A pleasing, and unusual, mixture of suspense and historical fiction. "London Evening Standard" You ll love Brother Cadfael, wily veteran of the Crusades.... This was England before the age of tea and crumpets. "Los Angeles Times""
Praise for the Chronicles of Brother Cadfael A pleasing, and unusual, mixture of suspense and historical fiction. "London Evening Standard" Cadfael must surely become a cult figure of crime fiction. "Financial Times" You ll love Brother Cadfael, wily veteran of the Crusades.... This was England before the age of tea and crumpets. "Los Angeles Times" "
Praise for the Chronicles of Brother Cadfael
"A pleasing, and unusual, mixture of suspense and historical fiction." --London Evening Standard
"Cadfael must surely become a cult figure of crime fiction." --Financial Times
"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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Reissue of the first in Ellis Peters' classic Brother Cadfael chronicles.See all Product description
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This is the first Brother Cadfael story written by Ellis Peters. Apparently it contains an historical inaccuracy. If so, my historical knowledge isn't good enough to spot it.
I found this book a pleasant way to pass the time. It's good enough, but not great fiction. If you come to the Cadfael chronicles from the TV adaptations, you should be happy enough. If you want grittiness and realism, look elsewhere.
I do have one problem with the Kindle version of this book - typos that aren't present in the print version. There's a sentence somewhere that doesn't make sense (I may edit this review if I find the offending passage). P132 has "fro from". P186 has "snake off" instead of "shake off". These typos indicate a lack of care by whoever create the Kindle version of this book. The four star rating is for the quality of the story. I would only dock a fraction of a star for the poor text conversion.
Canny, wise and all too worldly, Cadfael isn't surprised when this taste for bones leads to bloody murder. The leading opponent to moving the grave has been shot dead with a mysterious arrow, and some say Winifred herself dealt the blow. Brother Cadfael knows that a carnal hand did the killings, but he doesn't know that his plan to unearth a murderer may dig up a case of love and justice, where the wages of sin may be scandal - or his own ruin.
In this book, Ellis Peters introduces her beloved character Brother Cadfael, herbalist to the 12th Century Shrewsbury Abbey of St. Peter and St. Paul, on the western boarder of England and Wales. A man who was well past his prime when he entered the Benedictine order, and had been, done and seen more than any man in the cloister.
I love this series, it's richly historical settings and the characters Ellis Peters created.
Personally I think this is one of the best historical mystery series about, and well worth reading.
The books are available in all formats, paperback, Kindle/ebook (free to read if you are on Kindle Unlimited at the time of reviewing) and on audiobook.
This is a review on the audio narration by Stephen Thorne, who brings the story to life in his reading.
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Hard going at the start but soon turned into an excellent whodunit. Having watched the Cadfael TV show in my teens it was high time I read the book and I'm glad I did!!Published 3 days ago by S. E. Horsley
I have read most of the Brother Cadfael books already and have loved them. So it is a pleasure to find l now can enjoy them on my kindle wherever l am. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Amazon Customer Eliza
Not your usual crime story but captures the imagination to the end. The characters are all well developed and although some meet violent ends somehow it is still a gentle tale. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Katie May