Saint Peter's Fair (Brother Cadfael Series #4)

Saint Peter's Fair (Brother Cadfael Series #4)

by Ellis Peters

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Stylishly authentic . . . a graceful and informative case for Peters' engaging herb-gardening monk. -- Kirkus Reviews

The great annual Fair of Saint Peter at Shrewsbury, a high point in the city's calendar, attracts merchants from far and wide to do business. But when an unseemly quarrel breaks out between the local burghers and the monks from the Benedictine monastery as to who shall benefit from the levies the fair provides, a riot ensues. Afterwards a merchant is found dead, and Brother Cadfael is summoned from his peaceful herb garden to test his detective skills once more.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780449213544
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/12/1986
Series: Brother Cadfael Series , #4

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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Saint Peter's Fair (Brother Cadfael Series #4) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
seoulful on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Once more, Ellis Peters gives us a vivid window into medieval life and customs as we enjoy all that is associated with an annual fair given on the grounds of the Benedictine Abbey of St. Peter and St. Paul at Shrewsbury, England. We learn of the ancient charter giving the abbey the right to the proceeds of a three day fair which is the source of a dispute with the town folk over their request for a tenth of the proceeds. We learn about the merchants who come by land and sea with their wares to sell at the fair and in particular a wealthy merchant and his beautiful niece who arrive in a handsome boat only to be embroiled in a nasty fight by town youths enraged over the abbey's decision to not give the town a share of the proceeds. The merchant is murdered as well as two others and Brother Cadfael and under-sheriff Hugh Beringer join forces in tracking the culprit. A love story is played out bringing a mellow ending to the bloody scenes. As always Ellis Peters is a delight in her imagery, language and knowledge of medieval history.
cbl_tn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The approach of the annual St. Peter's Fair reveals tensions between the town and the abbey of Shrewsbury. One year after the castle was under siege in the war for the throne between Stephen and Maud, the town is still repairing its infrastructure. The local merchants are worried about the economic difficulties that the festival will create, as they will lose trade to visiting merchants while the taxes and tolls that would normally be paid to the town will, by charter, be paid to the abbey for the three days of the festival. When the body of a prominent Bristol merchant is discovered on opening day, sheriff Hugh Beringar welcomes Brother Cadfael's assistance in investigating the murder. Was the motive political or personal? Does the dead merchant's niece know more than she has shared with Cadfael and Beringar, and could this knowledge put her in danger?Coincidentally, St. Peter's Fair was held on the first three days of August, and I listened to the book during the same time frame. I love it when that happens! It's one year since the events of One Corpse Too Many, and those events are referred to several times in the book. I loved the interaction between Brother Cadfael and Hugh Beringar in One Corpse Too Many, and I was glad that Hugh had a larger role in this book than he's had in several of the other books I've read in this series. He and Cadfael make a good team. I also enjoy the mentoring relationship between Cadfael and his young assistant, Brother Mark, and they share a great scene as Mark seeks Cadfael's supportive ear after the sudden death of a patient he treated in Cadfael's absence.This has become one of my favorite mystery series. Several of the books I haven't yet read are available for audio download from my public library, and I'm looking forward to listening to several more.
Katissima on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
St. Peter's Fair is the fourth novel in the Brother Cadfael series. Not bad, but they are all very similar.
Joycepa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The end of July of 1139 finds the Abbey of St. Peter and St. Paul at Shrewsbury readying for the annual 3-day summer fair, which will bring to its environs traders from all over England and even the continent, and buyers eager to sample the luxury goods they sell. There is a lull in the civil war between King Stephen and the Empress Maude, with the latter in France.Enter an important merchant, Thomas of Bristol with his lovely daughter, Emma. Thomas almost immediately becomes involved in a brawl involving some of the town's youths over what the latter see as injustice in the paying of rents and tolls to the abbey with nothing for the town to help repair the damage done in the siege of the previous year, when the civil war arrived at Shrewsbury. Not too long afterwards, Thomas is found murdered; the leader of the young men, Phillip Corviser, is immediately suspect, since he has no alibi for the time of the murder. But when other disturbing occurrences around Thomas of Bristol's goods and another murder occur, none of which can be laid at Phillip's hand, Brother Cadfael begins his own investigation. This is one of the best of the Brother Caedfel series, well written in Peters' gentle style, but with a more muscular plot and a really fine climax. As usual, her young "heros" are pretty ingenious but likeable characters. Brother Caedfel is a little less omniscient and wise than usual--and more believable for all that.Very entertaining read. Highly recommended.
AngelaG86 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After the new Abbot refuses to share the profits of the St. Peter's Fair with the townsfolk, Brother Cadfael is drawn into another murder investigation.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A little slow but an excellent heroine and a smoking hot ending.
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