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A Rare Benedictine
"A Rare Benedictine" collects three short stories about Brother Cadfael, Ellis Peter's 12th-century monk and sleuth. In "A Light on the Road to Woodstock," fans learn of the chain of events that led Cadfael, a former Crusader and sailor, to enter the monastic life. Cadfael briefly enters the employ of a lord involved in a land dispute with the Shrewsbury abbey and discovers the lord's deceitful plot for winning the lawsuit. In "The Price of Light,"...
City of Gold and Shadows
Charlotte Rossignol's great-uncle, the renowned archaeologist Alan Morris, disappeared over a year ago. When she visits his last dig at Aurae Phiala, a Roman site on the Welsh border, she meets the charming and knowledgeable Gus Hambro. Her suspicions of him flare up when he secretly slips out of the hotel at night. Following him down the river path to Aurae Phiala, she is just in time to rescue him from drowning after a murderous attack. Detective C...
One Corpse Too Many
When is a body one too many? When the official count says 94, yet clearly there are 95! Thus begins the math problem that Brother Cadfael must deal with in “One Corpse Too Many,” the second in this series. Who is this extra body? It is 1138 and all England is astrife with civil war between the factions of Stephen and the Empress Maud. It is an ugly scene, with the church, not to mention the citizens, torn between loyalties. In this instance, ...
Summer of the Danes
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 Brot...

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The Heretic's Apprentice
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 muc...
The Potter's Field
In sixteen previous episodes, Brother Cadfael has truly been the champion of justice 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 o...
The Raven at the Foregate
In “The Raven at the Foregate,” the 12th Brother Cadfael mystery, we find the venerable Benedictine brother embroiled in solving another murder. A young, albeit zealous, priest has been assigned to the parish of Holy Cross, known as the Foregate. So enthusiastic is he that he soon alienates most of his parish members, and when his body is discovered in the millpond, not many care, he was so disliked. However, to Brother Cadfael, this is murder,...
The Sanctuary Sparrow
It is 12th century in England and a young lute player has been accused of murdering a prominent nobleman. Brother Cadfael, a former foot soldier and now a Benedictine monk, is sure the young musician is not guilty and uses his wisdom, knowledge of herbs and his oowers of observation to find the true murderer and set the young musician free....
The Sanctuary Sparrrow
Usually, life around the Abbey of St. Peter and St. Paul in Shrewsbury is on the tranquil--but busy--side. But not for long, it seems. As Brother Cadfael, the former Crusader now turned Benedictine monk, goes about his work, his tranquillity is disturbed by lots of noise! Chased by a mob intent upon lynching him, a young man has scrambled into the church, seeking sanctuary. He is accused of murder and robbery, no small charge. But Brother Cadf...
The Virgin in the Ice
In this sixth episode of Brother Cadfael, the venerable Benedictine monk of the 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 b...

Ellis Peters list of books

The Virgin in the Ice – The Sixth Chronicle of Brother Cadfael
The Virgin in the Ice – The Sixth Chronicle of Brother Cadfael Ellis Peters Thorndike Press, 1982, 311 PP ISBN: 0-7862-1479-1 This is a one of a series of the Brother Cadfael series of mystery novels by Ellis Peters, which is the nom de plume used by British author Edith Pargeter when writing her mystery stories. Like the other Brother Cadfael books, this one is centered around the Shrewsbury Abbey in the village of Shrewsbury in Shropshire, ...


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