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Author: Ellis Peters Narrator: Vanessa Benjamin Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Chronicles of Brother Cadfael Release Date: May 2017 ISBN: 9781538462737
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Outside the pale of the Abbey of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, in September of the year of our Lord 1140, a priestly emissary for King Stephen has been reported missing. But inside the pale, what troubles Brother Cadfael is a proud, secretive nineteen-year-old novice.

Brother Cadfael has never seen two men more estranged than the Lord of Aspley and Meriet, the son he coldly delivers to the abbey to begin a religious vocation. Meriet, meek by day, is so racked by dreams at night that his howls earn him the nickname the Devil’s Novice. Shunned and feared, Meriet is soon linked to the missing priest’s dreadful fate. Only Brother Cadfael believes in Meriet’s innocence, and only the good sleuth can uncover the truth before the boy’s pure passion leads him to the noose.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Enchanting…Medieval England comes marvelously alive.”

    Washington Post

  • “Each addition to the series is a joy. Long may the Chronicles continue.”

    USA Today

  • “Peters’ customary mix of warmth, scholarship, and first-class storytelling.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rgauthie | 2/17/2014

    " Standard Cadfael. A good yarn. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gwyn | 12/31/2013

    " This is not one of the better Cadfael mysteries I have read so far, but it is nonetheless enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Arlene | 10/4/2013

    " Ah, my first Brother Cadfael. To him and Ellis Peters I owe my lifelong love of historical mysteries. A lot of authors have "If you like Brother Cadfael you'll like...." on their covers but very few have ever come close to Ellis' hero and his stories. Both he and his creator are missed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Denise | 8/30/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cat | 7/26/2013

    " Ellis Peter's evocation of a particular time and place, in English history, is masterful. I always learn something new when I read her books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gwen | 6/18/2013

    " Decent plot and all, but Ellis Peters (pen name) is obviously a female who enjoys describing her studly male characters. Got tedious. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 TJ | 6/11/2013

    " Nothing earth shattering, but still a fun read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeremy | 4/16/2013

    " Quite a good mystery. I really had no clue about why Meriet was so tortured until near the reveal. The interplay between pride, honor, and family that caused the situation was a great plot device, and food for thought. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lemongrass | 10/12/2012

    " All the right ingredients, mixed nicely. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sam | 9/11/2012

    " Not her best one... But great series "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel | 5/21/2012

    " Canon Eluard's young cleric, Peter Clemence, has gone missing. Meriet Aspley, second, and lesser son of Leoric Aspley, has entered the Abbey as a novice. Something is not right. How will Cadfael sort out politics, a flirtatious bride, a novice with nightmares, and just plain bad parenting? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise | 4/18/2012

    " Enjoyed this book as I do all the Brother Cadfael chronicles. This one moves along at a good pace and is even slightly surprising in the end when the mystery is solved. There was even a map that was some help in keeping straight just where things were happening. I will read more of these. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beka | 3/12/2012

    " A very interesting story about a troubled young man whom Cadfael helps find peace. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meredith | 2/24/2012

    " Loved the themes of duty, loyalty, and love. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sean | 9/23/2011

    " This is one of the Brother Cadfael series, about a Benedictine monk solving mysteries in medieval England, which I generally recommend. This is one of my favorites from among a good crop. Cadfael is in top form, the emotions are deep and painful, and the resolution is _highly_ satisfying. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allen | 7/20/2011

    " Another enjoyable Cadfael tale. Very absorbing with good plot twists and turns. Vannot fault them for an easy laid back read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kris | 6/15/2011

    " Definitely one of my favorites so far, just for the twisty solution if nothing else. As usual, Peters' characters are well fleshed out and once again she allows Brother Mark to shine! "

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

    " Another great book. I was glad to see Brother Mark again; he is one of my favorite supporting characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 5/9/2011

    " A slight but enjoyable outing for Brother Cadfael. Motivation for the murderer seemed lacking. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 3/28/2011

    " Although it is common for Brother Cadfael to help young couples, this volume was unique in involving relationships at the father and son level of the family as well. [spoilers removed] "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miriam | 3/5/2011

    " Another great book. I was glad to see Brother Mark again; he is one of my favorite supporting characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Arlene | 7/31/2010

    " Ah, my first Brother Cadfael. To him and Ellis Peters I owe my lifelong love of historical mysteries. A lot of authors have "If you like Brother Cadfael you'll like...." on their covers but very few have ever come close to Ellis' hero and his stories. Both he and his creator are missed. "

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

    " Ellis Peter's evocation of a particular time and place, in English history, is masterful. I always learn something new when I read her books. "

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

    " A very interesting story about a troubled young man whom Cadfael helps find peace. "

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

    " Decent plot and all, but Ellis Peters (pen name) is obviously a female who enjoys describing her studly male characters. Got tedious. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lemongrass | 2/13/2009

    " All the right ingredients, mixed nicely. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 D.w. | 1/21/2009

    " The prose is very enjoyable in the early half of the book. The mystery solution seems to become apparent as the story unfolds, but the conclusions for it are a little forced, perhaps needing another clue or two. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Korynn | 9/17/2008

    " The young love sub-plot of two sets of beautiful people inside and out plus a political murder that needs a solution from Cadfael and Hugh...if only the witnesses would speak! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 7/12/2008

    " Another excellent Brother Cadfael mystery. "

About the Author

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

Vanessa Benjamin (a.k.a. Roe Kendall) is a native of the British Isles. Some twenty-five years ago she moved to the United States with her family and set down roots in Maryland. She graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London, receiving their silver medal as well as the Sir Emile Littler and Caryl Brahms awards. Benjamin has performed on stage in the Washington, DC, area for several years and at many venues and has performed at the Kennedy Center as Mrs. Schubert in the long-running show Shear Madness. An accomplished actress and narrator, she has recorded over two hundred books. Her work as a freelance voice-over artist and narrator has led her in many interesting directions, from technical government materials to eighteenth-century romance novels to hotel advertising, but narrating books is what she really enjoys. “I really love playing all the parts when I narrate a book. It’s an adventure, a challenge, and above all I feel that I learn something new with each book I read. I do a lot of reading for the Library of Congress’ Blind and Physically Handicapped program, and it is so rewarding for me especially when I get a letter from a patron; it’s a great service for the listener.”