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It was ok but I had trouble following the plot after halfway through; I only give this 2 stars!
S.H: The Brother Cadfael series by Ellis Peters (This is a mystery series with the sleuth being an aging monk in the medieval times. It is a very well-written series, and you'll love Brother Cadfael.)
I had heard about this series for a long time, so I finally decided to give it a try. I certainly love a good historical mystery (my favorite series is the Nicholas Bracewell one by Edward Marston, set in Elizabethan England). This book is wonderful! Well-written and researched, full of life-like characters and psychological insights. Brother Cadfael is a kind, compassionate but disillusioned monk who, after being a crusader and having lived a very adventurous life, decides to spend his last years in the tranquility of a monastery. But adventure has a way of reaching him and involving him in a crime that will take all his intelligence and knowledge of human heart to solve. The story is about the removal of the bones of a beloved saint by an overzealous prior, an act that is justly seen as robbery by the village where the bones lay. A vociferous opponent to the removal turns out dead and an innocent man is falsely accused. At this point, it will be Brother Cadfael's task to discover the truth, even it is very unpleasant indeed. No more, just read the book and enjoy it!
The first in the author's "Brother Cadfael" mystery series, set in a rather murderous medieval England. Living in the Abbey at Shrewsbury, Brother Cadfael is sent to Wales to acquire the sacred bones of St. Winifred...But the local villagers aren't having it. Not necessarily the best in the 21 volume series, but a good introduction to the many mysteries ahead.
The acquisition of Saint Winifred's bones for Shrewsbury Abbey may have led to murder.
Great book... though with a silly ending that reminded me of the antics in "Tower Heist" (the 2012 Ben Stiller-Eddie Murphy movie).
Good detective story in another time. I would have enjoyed it a bit more in larger print-this paper back version is a bit tough to read especially as the "language" is a bit different-so no speed reading.
This will be my second go-round with Ellis Peters' Brother Cadfael books. These long-ago stories with this very interesting monk take me on a journey to a foreign land where I feel I have been before. RIP, Ms. Peters. I miss your vivid storytelling and wish you were still with us.
A fun story featuring a medieval monk with a past. I really enjoyed this visit of Olde England, the myths, the travel. The villagers of Gwytherin are a wonderful group.
There's not much I can say without giving away a mystery. The adventures of Father Cadfael and the others is a fun, human, warm story of murder, friendship, faith, hope, truth.
This story ,being the first in the chronicles,must be approached in the knowledge that brother Cadfael had just begun his fictional life.His character develops with each respective story,as do all the characters who repeatedly survive from chronicle to chronicle.The more one gets to know Cadfael with each successive story, the more endearing or distasteful he becomes.Some may find him to be thoroughly unacceptable for his order,others, that he is too sanguine.
Regardless of how one embraces Cadfael,Ms.Pargeter was an accurate historian and researcher so any history lover will find the chronicles an absorbing journey.She was also a devoted linguist so old fashioned in her language which will require a good dictionary be kept nearby and the interest there to use it.These are remarkable stories if one is prepared to persevere with them.
Having seen a number of good recommendations for this novel, I looked forward to reading it, but alas I couldn't get into the story. I say this regretfully since I don't easily give up on books. It doesn't help that the narrative takes its time to get going, with this Brother talking to that Prior using a stilted, high language. Even the words themselves feel slow.
Not necessarily a bad book, just not for me.
I labored a bit to get through this short book. Brother Cadfael is clever, and mildly irreverent. The book succeeded in surprising me with the end, but other aspects of the story, specifically, the characters were not as engaging.