In “The Heretic's Apprentice,” Ellis Peters provides us with the 16th Brother Cadfael mystery and she is in top form. It is 1143 at the Benedictine Abbey of St. Peter and St. Paul in Shrewsbury. The body of a pilgrim is brought to the Abbey by the deceased's attendant Elave, whose soul purpose is to have his dead master interred in sacred ground at the abbey. Unfortunately, his master at one time had been labeled a heretic and, of course, there is much opposition to his burial in the Christian fashion of the time. Soon, a body is discovered, the victim of a violent death and Elave is charged with the murder. Enter Brother Cadfael. True to form, Cadfael, with the help of his friend
Sheriff Hugh Beringer, manages to solve this historical puzzle, with his medieval skills and scholarship. This is an excellent example of Peters' usual intriguing murder mystery.
This report prepared by Bill Hobbs