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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,876 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ellis Peters Narrator: Philip Madoc Publisher: AudioGO Format: Original Staging Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2009 ISBN:
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A BBC Radio 4 dramatisation starring Philip Madoc as medieval monk and wily sleuth Brother Cadfael.

After the violence of civil war in the spring, Shrewsbury has enjoyed a quiet summer and a good harvest. But, as Cadfael reflects ruefully, such a peaceful state of affairs cannot be expected to last.

He's right. The trouble begins when Gervase Bonel, rich lord of the manor, proposes to sign all his property over to the Abbey. A welcome gift, but when Bonel is found poisoned, foul play is suspected somewhere along the line. Cadfael is sure that the obvious suspect is not the right one, but are his powers of detection strong enough to lead him through the maze of clues to the truth? Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Surreysmum | 2/19/2014

    " [These notes were made in 1985:]. "A Medieval Whodunnit". Cadfael is a Welsh monk near the England/Wales border. He is also a shrewd observer, and he (as well as the people he observes) is humane if not fully human. In fact, Cadfael pretty much makes it to "human"; the suspects in the murder tend to be defined by their roles a bit. Bastard son; discontented slave; hot-tempered young rightful heir - all of them at some point are suspected of putting the poisonous balm made from Monk's-hood into the rich old man's food. The border is important, for under English law, the murderer (Meurig - the bastard son) has no reason to kill his father, but under Welsh law, he is an inheritor & therefore has reasons to feel aggrieved. Peters weaves in just enough medieval law and church politics to make all this comprehensible; it's a bit daft to compare this to Name of the Rose, which is a much more complex work, and a one-shot effort. But the two share at least some genuine evidence of their authors' erudition. I was not tremendously bowled over (Cadfael is rather more matter-of-fact than your standard detective-hero) but I was pleased by this book. I was particularly pleased by the ending in which, Father-Brown style but with more plausibility, Cadfael chooses to let the murderer go free of the outer, no' not the inner consequences of his crime "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindi | 2/7/2014

    " Great book! Ellis Peters knows how to grab your attention and keep it! Going to get the next book in the series at the Lawton Library! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vicki Cline | 2/4/2014

    " No young lovers this time, but we learn more about the abbey and its occupants. Cadfael gets to go to Wales again, which he loves. And Hugh Beringar helps to clear up the mistaken charge of murder against the son of a very old flame of Cadfael's. Plus a very tense ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elena | 2/1/2014

    " More heart-warming than some with a murderer who wasn't all bad and a glimpse into Brother C's past life & love. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 liirogue | 1/22/2014

    " A very enjoyable novel in this series, though perhaps not as strong as the first two. The plot is as carefully sculpted as in the first two books, but it takes a little bit for the action to begin. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andy | 1/18/2014

    " I hadn't read this in years but was recently impelled to pick it up again. While it was a quick read, and the solution was clearer to me much sooner than it had been when I read it at 13 years old, it was still a lot of fun and I think I'll reread a few others now. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beka | 1/18/2014

    " This one has a lot of interesting twists and turns, especially with Cadfael's former love interest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim | 1/4/2014

    " Simple and straightforward story, but Peters takes such delight in her characters and their setting that to enter their world is always a delight. "

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

    " My first Cadfael mystery & I enjoyed it very much. All the descriptions of life in the 12th century (the food, the occupations, etc.) are just so cozy for a winter's read. Really, really, really liked it (thank goodness I bought another six at the thrift shop with this one). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth Fabiano | 12/16/2013

    " Much better paced then #2. Nice little mystery story. I love how all of Cadfael's cases get rolled up into "neat little packages". I think one of the lingering themes of the character is his understanding of moral ambiguity. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Oscar Climent | 12/11/2013

    " Another great Cadfael mytery! The only downsides: a bit short, and little too obvious. Still, very enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra aka Sleo | 11/13/2013

    " Sigh, Peters has such a nice feel for human nature. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeanne | 8/21/2013

    " The best in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill Crosby | 1/16/2013

    " Poison, Christmas, horses, Welsh lands....a quintessential Cadfael classic! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alice | 1/12/2013

    " Wise Brother Cadfael knows how to set a trap to gauge the guilt or innocence of a suspect. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 AleÅ¡ | 10/5/2012

    " getting more fun with each book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meredith | 5/10/2012

    " I liked it, but again, hated the abridgement. I have a feeling we would have gotten more adventures of Brother Mark, whom I've come to adore. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cris | 4/16/2012

    " My only disappointment is how little we see of Hugh in this story. If you enjoyed the earlier books in this series &/or you enjoyed the PBS adaptation, you'll probably enjoy Monk's hood. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Diegert | 3/3/2012

    " Entertaining mystery set in medieval period. I like the main character. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marlene | 7/21/2011

    " This book captivated my interest, even though I have read it a couple of times. Ellis Peters is such a good mystery writer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jonathan | 7/18/2011

    " In the hands of a good author, the formula can be fun every time even as it is the same every time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ikonopeiston | 7/1/2011

    " Interesting view of inheritance customs in 12th century England. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Murphious | 6/24/2011

    " Some of the words "Ellis Peters" uses in the Brother Cadfael series are so archaic, I need to keep a dictionary handy. But that is not a complaint. The words that were chosen and the manner of their usage are like poetry when combined into these well-written historical mysteries. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trish | 6/7/2011

    " Great writing, but the end is a bit lame - the solving of the murder is a bit contrived and I had problems with Cadfael's moral conclusions concerning the murderer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Murphious | 4/10/2011

    " Some of the words "Ellis Peters" uses in the Brother Cadfael series are so archaic, I need to keep a dictionary handy. But that is not a complaint. The words that were chosen and the manner of their usage are like poetry when combined into these well-written historical mysteries. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill | 3/23/2011

    " Poison, Christmas, horses, Welsh lands....a quintessential Cadfael classic! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martha | 2/26/2011

    " I love this series! Cadfael would have been an absolute prize in England's grim 12th century! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 12/18/2010

    " Entertaining mystery set in medieval period. I like the main character. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vicki | 12/6/2010

    " No young lovers this time, but we learn more about the abbey and its occupants. Cadfael gets to go to Wales again, which he loves. And Hugh Beringar helps to clear up the mistaken charge of murder against the son of a very old flame of Cadfael's. Plus a very tense ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 La Chipie | 11/25/2010

    " Pas l'intrigue que j'ai préférée, mais Cadfael est toujours aussi futé. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beka | 11/12/2010

    " This one has a lot of interesting twists and turns, especially with Cadfael's former love interest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 11/6/2010

    " Brother Cadfael investigates the suspicious death of Gervase Bonel, rich lord of the manor. This full-cast dramatization stars Philip Madoc as the medieval monk and sleuth, Brother Cadfael. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elena | 11/2/2010

    " More heart-warming than some with a murderer who wasn't all bad and a glimpse into Brother C's past life & love. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 9/10/2010

    " Each one of Peters' Cadfael series gets better and better--finding out more about Cadfael's past in this book was lovely, though I felt it lost something by not having Hugh Berengar enter the action until almost the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 8/16/2010

    " I love the Cadfael mysteries. Just re-read this for the first time in years and enjoyed it again - its stood the test of time "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alana | 6/8/2010

    " more of a 3.5, but it made me impatient to read the next one, so I'll give it a 4. "

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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

Philip Madoc’s theater credits include performances in Othello, Faust, Duet for One, and the stage adaptation of Kingsley Amis’ novel The Old Devils. His television roles include Sir George Fisun in A Very British Coup, Lancing in the BBC’s First Born, and the title role in the BBC production of Lloyd George. Among his films are Operation Daybreak and A Mind to Kill.