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3.00017059024224 out of 53.00017059024224 out of 53.00017059024224 out of 53.00017059024224 out of 53.00017059024224 out of 5 3.00 (11,724 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ellis Peters Narrator: Patrick Tull Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: Chronicles of Brother Cadfael Release Date: January 2010 ISBN: 9781440788741
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Murder in the twelfth century is no different from murder today. There is still a dead body, though this time with an arrow through the heart instead of a bullet. There is still a need to bury the dead, to comfort the living - and to catch the murderer. When Brother Cadfael comes to a village in the Welsh hills, he finds himself doing all three of those things. And there is nothing simple about this death. The murdered man's daughter needs Cadfael's help in more ways than one. There are questions about the arrow. And the burial is the strangest thing of all.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathleen | 2/9/2014

    " Great fun. I had seen a few episodes of the PBS series, but, of course, the books are much more fun. The solution was a bit contrived, but that's no big problem. I will happily read more Cadfael mysteries. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie F. | 2/7/2014

    " A classic amongst medieval,religious murder mysteries. Brother Cadfael, of the Benedictine Abbey of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, at Shrewsbury. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 1/3/2014

    " 3.75 stars. I really enjoyed the first in this Brother Cadfael series, and look forward to continuing with it. It wasn't a page-turner that constantly called me back to it, but I was happy to spend time with the characters when I did pick it up. There is a lot to like about Brother Cadfael, I love the setting, and am slowly learning about medieval history, which is great. I also like a series in which religion figures prominently and positively, and people try to be good to one another, and show real remorse when committing a wrong. I look forward to getting to know Brother C and the rest of his order in this lengthy series by Ellis Peters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn45 | 12/30/2013

    " I have read all of these books a couple of times. I enjoy learing about that historical period in England, I enjoy the mystery, and I have enjoyed the few PBS movies of various of these books that have been filmee. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elise Kessler-wiley | 12/18/2013

    " When I need to really relax, and let my mind go somewhere else I read and re-read Ellis Peters "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christy | 12/11/2013

    " Loved this series, she is dead, so sad. These are the classic historic mysteries, the ones everyone compares to, super-ethical detective, local and global historical details, interesting bits about herbs, catholic church in medival times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ned | 12/2/2013

    " The first book in the Brother Cadfael mystery series. This is a very light, quick read, but enjoyable for those who like the genre and the medieval setting. A nice escape; I'm looking forward to the next 20 or so books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenda Haven | 11/29/2013

    " This was the first Ellis Peters book that I have read. I did enjoy the story and I plan to continue to read additional books in this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nadine | 11/23/2013

    " Fun read. Enjoyed the setting and the storyline. Looking forward to reading others in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa Rathbun | 11/22/2013

    " Brother Cadfael is a mix of compassion, wisdom, practicality, and justice. The medieval setting is unusual for a detective story. I love the series! (I just wish I could remember how to pronounce the Welsh names!) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Delphine | 11/17/2013

    " Very good novel. Somehow, Ellis Peters made the following novels much slower and they were not as good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dad | 9/27/2013

    " For some unknown reason I enjoy books written from a medieval perspective. It is great that we don't live in those times, but I enjoy the stories. This is a fun, quick read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shelly | 7/4/2013

    " I have every one of this series of books (17, I think). I absolutely love them! PBS has a Cadfael series on it's "Mystery!" show. Really well done! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ah Ah Ah | 8/28/2012

    " Liked it! An easy, fast read, doesn't drag, doesn't keep information from you despite keeping to a single POV, and I really loved Cadfael's Welsh patriotism. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jo | 4/12/2012

    " I proudly own and have read all the Cadfael chronicles. They are immensely enjoyable and lend themselves well to repeat reads. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Storm Grayson | 3/23/2012

    " I have collected all the Cadfael books and I am now a confirmed groupie! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miriam | 4/30/2011

    " This one is really a little light on mystery, and it is pretty clear what is coming early on, but I still enjoyed it a lot. It was interesting to leave the area of the abbey and meet new characters. Both of the love stories were handled well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Helen | 3/31/2011

    " superb, ended just as I hoped it would "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susanna | 11/11/2010

    " One of her better ones, in my book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alice | 10/26/2009

    " Happened to pick this up--have now been hooked by Brother Cadfael. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beka | 9/1/2009

    " An intriguing story of deception, love, and, of course, murder most foul. I love reading about Brother Cadfael and how he goes about solving mysteries. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin | 5/1/2009

    " This may be one of Peters' most romantic Cadfael books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annette | 1/30/2009

    " Very Touching. Love will always be stronger than hate. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Korynn | 9/30/2008

    " Another Cadfael tale where you can sense the twist coming a mile away but only wait for the characters to begin to suspect what you know. Still, a satisfying tale of love torn asunder righted by time and guilt. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 5/6/2008

    " I don't remember this, but I know I read it. Now I'll have to read it again... "

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About the Author
Author Ellis Peters

Ellis Peters (1913–1995) was the pen name of English novelist Edith Pargeter, author of scores of books under her own name. She was a recipient of the Silver Dagger Award and the Cartier Diamond Dagger Award, conferred by the Crime Writers’ Association of Great Britain, as well as the coveted Edgar, awarded by the Mystery Writers of America.

About the Narrator

Patrick Tull (1941–2006), born in the United Kingdom, was a multitalented actor of the stage, screen, and television, as well as an award-winning audiobook narrator. He acted in numerous American television shows from 1962 to 1996, including Crossroads, and he had roles in six Broadway plays between 1967 and 1992, including Amadeus. His film credits from 1969 to 1996 included roles as Cecil in Parting Glances and Jerry the bartender in Sleepers. He served as narrator for the television series Sea Tales. He narrated nearly forty audiobooks, and his readings of The Canterbury Tales, The Letter of Marque, Monk’s Hood, The Vicar of Wakefield, and How Green Was My Valley each earned him an AudioFile Earphones Award. His narration of Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey/Maturin novels was praised by novelist Stephen King as among his ten favorite audiobooks of 2006.