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!

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