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Civil war is ravaging the countryside and a young boy and his beautiful sister have disappeared in the snow. Brother Cadafel is one of those out looking for them as well as treating a fellow monk from another Benedictine house nearby. Hugh Berengar, the deputy sheriff, is part of the search party but it is Cadfael who discovers the first traces of the missing children.

Violence, snow and ice and deception are rife in this tense and well written mystery set on 1139. I love the way Cadfael puts together the small clues which he sees to create the true picture of what has happened and where the missing children might be.

This book really does show how difficult life becomes if law and order breaks down even though it is set nine hundred years ago. This is the sixth book is this well written and interesting series featuring Brother Cadfael.
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First broadcast in 1993, this is a radio dramatisation of the sixth Brother Cadfael book by Ellis Peters. The play is 2.5 hours long, and comes on 2 discs in a fold out jewel case.

The novels told the tale of Brother Cadfael, Soldier, sailor and sinner, now a Brother in Shrewsbury abbey at the height of the civil war between King Stephen and Empress Maud, in the mid 12th century. The location and time were well chosen by Peters, as the civil war and Shrewsbury's position close to the sensitive Welsh border provides rich territory for plotting and bloody murder. Bodies keep popping up all over the place, and it falls to the worldly Cadfael, with his knowledge of pathology gained from the battle field and his knowledge of men gained from many years in the world, to solve the crimes and see justice is served.

In this story, Cadfael gets tangled up with the kin of an Empress Maud supporting nobleman. The brother and sister are trying to make their way to Shrewsbury, a town strongly affiliated to King Stephen. Many people are looking for the two, but Cadfael by a stroke of luck finds one of them. Unfortunately he also finds a body frozen in ice, and another fascinating murder mystery/character driven drama starts to unfold.

The inestimable Philip Madoc stars as Cadfael, his well rounded Welsh tones perfectly suited for the part. He conveys all the essential elements of the man – the sailor, soldier, sinner turned servant of God, full of compassion for his fellow man and a burning desire to see justice done (even if what he considers to be justice is as odds with the law of the land) with ease in a performance that is warmly comforting, but with a hint of steel hidden just below the surface. It’s masterful. In addition there is also Sir Michael Hordern as narrator, his simply beautiful speaking voice managing to set the scene and draw you into the adventure with consummate ease. It’s a dry, understated narration that is just perfect, accentuating the emotional heights of the tale by the contrast with it’s dry telling.

It’s a good solid story, very well told. The production values are very high, nicely evoking a medieval atmosphere. And I could listen to Madoc and Hordern reading telephone directories with their mellifluous voices. So for me this is a 5 star production. As far as I know there are two other Madoc/Cadfael releases out there, Monk’s Hood and Dead Man’s Ransom. I am off to buy those, and I hope there are more that I have missed waiting for me!
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on 18 July 2017
Enjoyable as ever. I'm currently working my way through the whole Cadfael collection and this was my latest. Did not disappoint and always makes me want for more.
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on 14 May 2013
The Virgin in the Ice is one of my favourite Cadfael stories and this BBC Radio adaptation is particularly good.
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on 5 February 2014
Have read the books seen the tv show and now can listen in the car. Very well produced. My grand daughter was riveted to it when I gave her a lift most enjoyable
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on 6 November 2015
Very happy with product and service.
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on 16 November 2014
It was a pleasure to listen to the beautiful clear diction of the readers. Philip Madoc will always be the perfect Cadfael for me. He has the right voice and fits well with the Ellis Peters description of him as well. Just loved it!
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on 17 October 2015
Great, as always
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on 4 June 2014
It's a good story and I really like the full dramatization audio CDs. Listen to them while I'm doing the ironing.
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on 17 December 2014
As good as usual
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