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  • 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)
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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.

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I've read a lot of crime fiction over the years and I would put the Cadfael chronicles in the same category as Poirot and​ Miss Marple. This is a gentle detective story with no violence, sex or bad language. The ending may seem contrived, but the story was set in a more innocent time when people believed in miracles. Having said that, I'm surprised that more questions weren't asked by the monks, but I suppose that Prior Robert would have quashed them. The mission to acquire a saint's bones may seem strange to some, but holy relics were a big money spinner to an abbey. The characters are quite well drawn, from self-important Prior Robert to toadying Brother Jerome, not forgetting worldly wise Brother Cadfael. There's enough historical detail for scene setting without labouring the point.

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.
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For anyone who remembers the tv series Cadfael, played so well by Derek Jacobi, it is easy to recreate the main players in the book. To those too young, it's not hard to create the characters, has the story unfolds.
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very enjoyable
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Excellent
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Good series of books
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I love these books :)
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A very well thought out plot with a wonderful array of character and a very pleasing and sensible ending looking forward to the next in this series
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In 1137 the ambitious head of Shrewsbury Abbey has decided to acquire the remains of Saint Winifred for his Benedictine order. Brother Cadfael is part of the expedition sent to her final resting place in Wales, where they find the villagers passionately divided by the Benedictines' offer for the saint's relics.

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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