The Holy Thief (Brother Cadfael Series #19)

The Holy Thief (Brother Cadfael Series #19)

by Ellis Peters

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Overview

A medieval whodunnit featuring Brother Cadfael. A sudden flood means all the treasures of the Abbey of St Peter and St Paul must be moved to safety, including the bones of St Winifred, which then disappear. A murder soon follows, and Cadfael leaves his peaceful herb garden to investigate.

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ISBN-13: 9780751503722
Publisher: Little,Brown & Company (UK)
Publication date: 12/09/1993
Series: Brother Cadfael Series , #19
Pages: 288

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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The Holy Thief (Brother Cadfael Series #19) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
DWWilkin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Number nineteen and all the elements are in place for a good tale. We have Red Herrings and misdirection, we have a body and multiple suspects. We have motives and misdeeds. Peters delivers a good story.Way back when, Cadfael did something that he probably shouldn't have in regards to Saint Winifred who is the prize of Saint Peters and Saint Pauls monastery/Cathedral. Well the act was such that it could never be undone, and what takes place in this book could expose Cadfael's indiscretion. Yet larger misdeeds abound once a body is found.Cadfael, as always, is perfectly positioned with his study of human nature and careful sleuthing to uncover the truth behind all the mysteries. Encompassing the telling is more of the politics surrounding the stagnating civil war. Here we meet Robert Beaumont, Earl of Leicester and the candid dialogue between and Hugh Beringar, sheriff of our home county, adds further to the linear time frame in which the canon takes place. We see the faith of the times put to the test also and it highlights how much more faith was relied on then as to now. That alone elevates this tale of our Medieval past above the rest.
seoulful on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another page-turner from Ellis Peters which causes dishes to be left in the sink and beds unmade until the mystery is revealed. In Holy Thief we witness the bones of Saint Winifred stolen from off the High Altar at the Abbey of Shrewsbury during a major flood from the River Severn. We have the murder of an innocent shepherd who would be able to identify the thief and we have a developing love between a traveling troubadour and a young visiting Brother from another Abbey who has the voice of an angel. Every character is finely drawn by Ellis Peters and each reveals something of their medieval place in society. There is a fine tuning of Peter's word choice creating atmosphere, insight into character and vivid word pictures. Brother Cadfael, herbalist and amateur sleuth from the Abbey, displays his humanity and lack of clerical legalism in all of his dealings with the miscreants involved in the Holy theft.
AngelaG86 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A murder occurs after someone tries to "relocate" the remains of St. Winifred.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Way too descriptive for me with not enough story. i.e Frankly I got lost so many times in the descriptions of every step and of every view that were certainly not conducive to the story line, I quit. As this is my first Cadfael novel it is my hope this is an abberation in the series because I have three others to read. Or if they are like this one, to quit each of them separately.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I usually like books of this era. I found this one slow moving and predictable. I really had a hard time finishing this one. Save your money!
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