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Brother Cadfael is on his way on another errand for the Abbey of St. Peter and St. Paul in Shrewsbury. He is needed as an interpreter at meeting in a Welsh diocese (after all, Cadfael is Welsh). It seems simple enough and he is happy to be on the road once again. Not so fast, though. Word comes that a Danish fleet is fast approaching and at the same time, news of a young girl gone missing. A corpse is soon discovered, and we have, once again, a Brother Cadfael mystery in “Summer of the Danes.” Ellis Peters' 12th century
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Benedictine monk is at his best in this episode, the 18th of the series. Before the Danish menace can be taken care of, Cadfael has to find the murderer. Using all the skills he possesses, Cadfael takes the reader on a nice roll.   

The review of this Book prepared by Bill Hobbs

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Plot & Themes

Tone of story    -   very upbeat How difficult to spot villain?    -   Challenging Time/era of story:    -   1600-1899 What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   90% Kind of investigator    -   british mystery (I say!) Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   religious figure Age:    -   40's-50's


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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