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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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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