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In this sixth episode of Brother Cadfael, the venerable Benedictine monk of the
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Abbey of St. Peter and St. Paul in Shrewsbury finds his tranquil life at the monastery
suddenly disturbed. It is dead winter of 1139. The civil war between King Stephen and the
Empress Maud continues to rage, even in this freezing weather. But winter waits for no
man, and neither does murder. As a result of this war, two orphans and their companion,
who happens to be a nun, have fled from Worcester. However, somewhere in this vast
wintry expanse, they have gone missing. Naturally, this leads to Cadfael's involvement. He
proceeds to try to find them. The victim is on ice, all right, but not for safe keeping. She
has been murdered. With a little help from his friend Sheriff Hugh Beringer, Cadfael
combines his skills of being a sleuth, a monk, and an expert in herb medicine to solve this
intriguing mystery!   

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Plot & Themes

Tone of story    -   very upbeat How difficult to spot villain?    -   Difficult, but some clues given Time/era of story:    -   near future What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   nearly 100% 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 Unusual forms of death    -   drowned Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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