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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,649 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ellis Peters Narrator: Johanna Ward Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 1999 ISBN:
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St. Peter's Fair is a grand, festive event, attracting merchants from across England and beyond. There is a pause in the civil war racking the country in the summer of 1139, and the fair promises to bring some much-needed gaiety to the town of Shrewsbury. Until, that is, the body of a wealthy merchant is found murdered in the river Severn. Was Thomas of Bristol the victim of murderous thieves? And, if so, why were his valuables abandoned nearby?

Brother Cadfael, that shrewd but kindly monk, offers to help the merchant's lovely niece Emma. But while he is searching for the killer, Thomas of Bristol's wares are ransacked and two more men are murdered. Emma almost certainly knows more than she is telling - as others will soon realize. Cadfael desperately races to save the young girl, knowing that in a country at war with itself, betrayal can come from any direction - and even good intentions can kill.

St. Peter's Fair is the fourth chronicle of Brother Cadfael, of the Benedictine Abbey of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, at Shrewsbury.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Poetreehugger | 2/12/2014

    " Another wonderful episode in the series about Cadfael, a monk living in the England of almost a thousand years ago. Along with the intriguing story line and the fascinating historical details, the author blesses us with philosophical observations. Page 63: "Penitence is in the heart, not in the words spoken." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandra aka Sleo | 2/11/2014

    " Well, this one had a new twist, but the formula remains clear. We meet two new young people - girl/boy - there is another, duplicitous. There is a murder. Girl seems to fall for duplicitous one, gets in trouble. Is rescued by Brother Cadfael and/or the smitten lad. Still, very nice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 kirsten johnstone | 1/24/2014

    " love the rich language peters' writes. so evocative. "

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

    " Interesting mystery with a twist. Also loved this quote by Brother Cadfael: 'The manifold gifts of God are there to be delighted in, to fall short of joy would be ingratitude.' "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Macha | 1/10/2014

    " 3 stars. i'm re-collecting this whole series, for probably the third time. and rereading as they come to hand. even though it would be nice to read the whole series in order just once. but that would mean waiting. this one's not the best example of this series. but it's still fun, to look in on Brother Cadfael's herb garden, and the monastery's power struggles, and the dissensions between that other town and gown. and it's 1139: so there's a larger civil war being fought around the city of Shrewbury, between King Stephen and the Empress Maud. of all the historical mystery series, this one is still the best. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Medea | 12/25/2013

    " Lovely as always! The scenario- a twelfth century fair- is described beautifully by Ellis Peters. If you haven't already, check out the tv series. It's not as good as the books but it's still very well done with Derek Jacobi as Cadfael. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Libby | 12/6/2013

    " As usual, Peters' writing caused me to step into another world; her historical setting and her characters come to life. The only reason I didn't give this 5 stars is because I found the mystery a bit too obvious. But that didn't lessen my enjoyment of Peters' writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vickie | 12/5/2013

    " Good. I always enjoy my time with Brother Cadfael. It makes me want to grow more herbs and flowers with medicinal and other practical uses. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeremy | 11/14/2013

    " A pretty good mystery, overall. Likeable protagonists and some international intrigue thrown into the mix, with a few red herrings to keep you guessing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 11/8/2013

    " Book 4. Typical Cadfael. Intriguing characters and a light, predictible mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 CatBookMom | 10/27/2013

    " Listening to Patrick Tull is such a delight. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hazel | 10/23/2013

    " The Brother Cadfael series by Ellis Peters is a wonderful set of mysteries that take place in 12th century England. Ellis Peters does a wonderful job of describing all the characters and she is a great mystery writer. The cases are complicated enough to make them interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daniel Ribera | 10/22/2013

    " The annual fair is here. The town is still hurting from the siege. the merchants are not happy. Fair vendors are turning up dead. It all seems to surround one young lady. Cadfael.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lindsay | 10/18/2013

    " Medieval mystery. Quite a novel idea having the main character being a monk. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frode | 9/9/2013

    " Another good novel of Brother Cadfael with Hugh Beringar along to help. I liked it; it was fun to read. The evildoers came to light slowly. It was a good yarn. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gregg | 1/21/2013

    " Cadfael books are like a palate cleanser between larger, more demanding novels. As such, I always enjoy going back to them every couple of books. This one is no exception! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindi | 11/16/2012

    " Very good, as always! Plot got a bit slow in spots, but overall well written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Priscilla | 9/3/2012

    " The Cadfaels are almost always pleasant bedtime reading owing to a certain charming coziness they have. I prefer to read each so that it matches the real world season to season, but even though this was a summer book read in winter, it still provided plenty of pleasant pre-sleep daydream fodder. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill Crosby | 5/11/2012

    " Slow start for a Brother Cadfael mystery, but a barn-burning end. You won't be able to stop once you get to the "Day After the Fair" section! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 benebean | 2/9/2012

    " the more I read, the more I like these books "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gwen Burrow | 1/4/2012

    " I think this is the one (warning: spoiler) where they find the guy with his tongue cut out. That was fun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beka | 12/31/2011

    " An interesting novel taken a little out of its usual setting, but still solved by the amazing Cadfael. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 9/16/2011

    " As with all of Peters' books, this was well-written and interesting, and I loved immersing myself within Cadfael's world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meghan | 6/10/2011

    " Once again figuring out "whodunnit" fairly quickly but enjoying the stories greatly! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 3/26/2011

    " Slow start for a Brother Cadfael mystery, but a barn-burning end. You won't be able to stop once you get to the "Day After the Fair" section! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marisa | 3/8/2011

    " Nothing is ever quite as it seem in the Benedictine Abbey in Shrewsbury where Bother Cadfael lives and this book was not a disappointment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elena | 12/5/2010

    " Great twists and turns--I could really sense the murderer closing in. I had guessed who it was partway through but I enjoyed how the author tried to divert me from him. Really sweet love story too. "

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

    " An interesting novel taken a little out of its usual setting, but still solved by the amazing Cadfael. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 9/11/2010

    " As with all of Peters' books, this was well-written and interesting, and I loved immersing myself within Cadfael's world. "

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

    " Alice says, "I always enjoy the author's deft descriptions of each character in the Brother Cadfael mysteries." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vicki | 1/13/2010

    " Very interesting to learn about how the fair operated and conflicts between the town and the abbey. This one was more about politics than the last one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gwen | 6/12/2009

    " I think this is the one (warning: spoiler) where they find the guy with his tongue cut out. That was fun. "

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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

Johanna Ward (a.k.a. Kate Reading) is an Audie® Award–winning narrator and has received numerous Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine. She is also a theater actor in the Washington, DC, area and has been a member of Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company since 1987. Her work onstage has been recognized by the Helen Hayes Awards Society, among others. She and her husband live in Hyattsville, Maryland, with their two children.