An Excellent Mystery

An Excellent Mystery

The Eleventh Chronicle of Brother Cadfael, of the Benedictine Abbey of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, at Shrewsbury

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Two monks seeking refuge bring with them a troubling mystery that will test Brother Cadfael's beliefs In the year of our Lord 1141, August comes in golden as a lion, and two monks ride into the Benedictine Abbey of Saint Peter and Saint Paul bringing with them disturbing news of war-and a mystery. The strangers tell how the strife between the Empress Maud and King Stephen has destroyed the town of Winchester and their priory. Now Brother Humilis, who is handsome, gaunt, and very ill, and Brother Fidelis, youthful, comely-and totally mute-must seek refuge at Shrewsbury. From the moment he meets them, Brother Cadfael senses something deeper than common vows binds these two good brothers. What the link is he can only guess. What it will lead to is beyond his imagining. As Brother Humilis's health fails-and nothing can stop death's lengthening shade-Brother Cadfael faces a poignant test of his discretion and his beliefs as he unravels a secret so great it can destroy a life, a future, and a holy order.
Publisher: [United States] : MysteriousPress.com/Open Road : Made available through hoopla, 2014
ISBN: 9781497671355
1497671353
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital

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EuSei May 07, 2015

Most definitely, an excellent mystery. Though you will certainly be able to figure the mystery way before the book's end, Ellis Peters wrote so well, it doesn't really matter. She was able, though not using "Old English," to take you to the past. Cadfael and the other characters are quite alive in her beautiful prose. The TV series, thought not really faithful to Peters' books, is very good. And Derek Jacobi in the main character is absolutely perfect. Every time I read one of the books of the series, I can't help but visualize Jacobi as Cadfael--as well as Sean Pertwee as Hugh Beringar. Another excellent read, highly recommended.

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delfon
Jul 19, 2014

Another favorite from one of the best, most knowledgeable of medieval writers. Books are for a number of reasons: story, plot, human emotions, learning, entertainment and so on. The sophistication of intelligence comes forth, in superb language skills, new words, subtle meanings and creative homilies. The danger is one might get used to being treated like a real insightful reader, and want more of the same.

hermlou Nov 09, 2010

Brother Humilis and Brother Fidelis escape the destruction of their abbey and come to Shrewsbury for refuge. Humilis is a badly wounded veteran of the Crusades, and Fidelis is devoted to his care. Humilis' former fiancee joined a convent three years ago, but the convent never heard of her. Brother Cadfael joins the search for traces of the girl. Peters always has a happy ending, and this plot is cleverly done.

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