An Excellent Mystery (Brother Cadfael Series #11)

An Excellent Mystery (Brother Cadfael Series #11)

by Ellis Peters

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Overview

In the year of our Lord 1142, August comes in golden as a lion, and two monks ride into the Benedictine Abbey of Saint Peter and Saint Paul bringing with them disturbing news of war -- and a mystery. The strangers tell how the strife between the Empress Maud and King Stephen has destroyed the town of Winchester and their priory. Now Brother Humilis, who is handsome, gaunt, and very ill, and Brother Fidelis, youthful, comely -- and totally mute -- must seek refuge at Shrewsbury. And from the moment he meets them, Brother Cadfael senses something deeper than their common vows binds these two good brothers. What the link is he can only guess...what it will lead to is beyond his imagining. But as Brother Humilis's health fails -- and nothing can stop death's lengthening shade -- Brother Cadfael faces a poignant test of his discretion and his beliefs as he unravels a secret so great it can destroy a life, a future, and a holy order...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780449212240
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/12/1987
Series: Brother Cadfael Series , #11

About the Author

Although she wrote under a number of pseudonyms, Edith Mary Pargeter (1913-1995) is perhaps best known as the mystery author Ellis Peters. Pargeter wrote the Brother Cadfael series featuring a medieval Benedictine monk. She won many writing awards during her lifetime and a number of her Brother Cadfael books were made into television movies.

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Excellent Mystery 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
antiquary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My personal favorite in the series, perhaps because I identify with the knigth
DWWilkin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Cadfael is one of the great detectives and Ellis Peters is generally a master of the genre. To my mind she invented the medieval Mystery, but here we have much of the detective work being done by another that is not Cadfael. Further Cadfael and we the reader can jump to the conclusion, to the mysteries outcome midway through the book.A good mystery should not let you have the information you need to solve it so easily. A great mystery keeps you guessing until the end. So where does that leave us here? Cadfael does not really contribute much to the solving of the mystery, and as such it could be set anywhere. The reason to read this is for the background of what else is happening in Cadfael's england. The Civil War between the King and the Empress, and that outcome that will effect the lives of our real protagonist.
smik on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Read by Derek Jacobi. England in 1141. Winchester has been sacked by Queen Maude and two Benedictine monks, Brother Humilis and the mute Brother Fidelis, arrive at Shrewsbury looking for sanctuary. Humilis is carrying a wound from the Crusade and near death. Humilis' former squire arrives to ask permission to pay court to Humilis' former fiance, but finding the girl is harder than it looked as if it was going to be. Very well read, good characterisation, although it is an abridged version - 3 hours.
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