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In sixteen previous episodes, Brother Cadfael has truly been the champion of justice
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in this fascinating 12th century mystery series by Ellis Peters. In “The Potter's Field,”
Peters once again provides her readers with an absorbing case. It is 1143 in Shrewsbury.
A farmer unearths the bones of a person, later indentified as a woman, but no one knows
who she was. She has been buried in unconsecrated ground, ground that was once owned
by one of the monks of the abbey (Brother Rauld) who lived there with his wife before
taking his vows and giving up his worldly claims. Brother Cadfael knows she has been
killed, but who could have done such a thing? This is a mystery that puts Cadfael at his
very best. He draws upon his own worldly knowledge and the help of his friend the Sheriff
to solve this one. One of the best of this series.

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?    -   Very difficult--no foreshadowing/clues Time/era of story:    -   1600-1899 What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   90% Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   Proving innocence of very obvious suspect 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?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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