The Rose Rent (Brother Cadfael Series #13)

The Rose Rent (Brother Cadfael Series #13)

by Ellis Peters

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A late spring in 1142 brings dismay to the Abbey of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, for there may be no roses by June 22nd. On that day the young widow Perle must receive one white rose as rent for the house she has given to benefit the abbey or the contract is void. When nature finally complies, a pious monk is sent to pay the rent - and is found murdered beside the hacked rose-bush. The abbey's wise herbalist, Brother Cadfael, follows the trail of bloodied petals. He knows the lovely widow's dowry is far greater with her house included, and she will likely wed again. But before Cadfael can ponder if a greedy suitor has done this dreadful deed, another crime is committed. Now the good monk must thread his way through a tangle more tortuous than the widow's thorny bushes -- or there will be more tears...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780708917763
Publisher: Ulverscroft Large Print Books, Ltd.
Publication date: 03/28/1988
Series: Brother Cadfael Series , #13
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 1.50(h) x 9.50(d)

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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Rose Rent 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
reader53CD More than 1 year ago
Every book of the series by Ellis Peters is a great read! they do not have to be read in order but you watch the characters grow and change if you read them in order.
DWWilkin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book has a different pacing then the last several in the series. There is still a build-up to the first murder and the mystery, but in this instance we are focused on the mystery. There is detail about the part of medieval life that surrounds and embraces those involved in the mystery and that background breathes life into these stories. But in this instance the politics of the King and Empress is lacking, but not sadly so.That the tug of war of the Civil War that was occurring and featured so prominently in the preceeding books is gone has allowed the series to grow and be much more focused on it's genre. A much better mystery then some of what has been contrived to fit in the Civil War previously.What one misses is that Cadfael, who does solve our mysteries with help, has special skills in herbology and this is not needed to solve the crimes and has seldom been played up. He is making casting impressions in this case and that certainly seems much more like a modern sleuth then one whose background as the local pharmacist for near twenty years would also be able to contribute.Cadfael does not recognize his own growth away from his hut of herbs and spices, but does indeed know that solving the problem of the mystery is where he finds peace. I would think that at some time the abbey would say something along those lines, but we do glimpse the politics there on occasion and see that won't be forthcoming soon.
seoulful on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What a delight to be drawn into the world of Brother Cadfael in the medieval town and Abbey of Shrewsbury, England. The author, Ellis Peters, is a medieval scholar, a master of the English language and a shrewd observer of character just like her worldly-wise, but now tonsured character, Brother Cadfael. This is the thirteenth in a series of mysteries surrounding the folk of Shrewsbury all of which are deftly solved by the herbalist and former Crusader, Brother Cadfael. There is always a touch of romance, an assurance of everyone in his proper place in society, reverence for those things Holy, and respect for men and women of honour and courage with a wide latitude of allowance for the weaknesses of humankind. Ellis Peter's characters speak with the cadences, words and manners of the middle ages and are immensely likeable.
AngelaG86 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A widow rents her former home to the Abbey for the price of a single rose a year. The monk who delivers the rose is found murdered, and then the widow herself disappears.
stnylan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
There is at least one love story for every Brother Cadfael story, sometimes more. However, of all the romances the one contained within these pages speaks more to me than the others. I just find it a shame the tv adaptation semi-wrecked it. The murder story itself is also pretty good, though not I think her best.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago