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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,072 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ellis Peters Narrator: Derek Jacobi Publisher: Phoenix Books Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2009 ISBN:
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The year is 1143 and this is the 17th chronicle of Brother Cadfael, of the BenedictineAbbey of Saint Peter and Saint Paul at Shrewbury. Once again, the gentle monk is forced to leave the tranquility of his herb garden and use his knowledge of human nature to solve a murder - this one frighteningly close to home.

When a newly plowed field given to the Benedictine Abbey of Saint Peter and Saint Paul yields the body of a young woman, Brother Cadfael finds himself in a delicate situation. The field was once owned by a local potter named Ruald, who has abandoned his beautiful wife Generys to take monastic vows. Generys was said to have gone away with a lover, but now it seems that she has been murdered. With the arrival at the Abbey of young Sulien Blaunt, a novice fleeing homeward from the civil war raging in East Anglia, the mysteries surrounding the corpse start to multiply. 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 Korynn | 2/20/2014

    " Everything a Cadfael mystery needs: a body, a mystery, and young love. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Poetreehugger | 2/8/2014

    " Enjoyable. My favourite quotations from this book: "We live as candles in the breath of God." (p. 182) "...My soul has benefited from his prayers. But pain is here in the body, and has a very loud voice. Sometimes I could not hear my own voice say Amen! for the demon howling." (p. 238) " 'It may well be,' said Cadfael, 'that our justice sees as in a mirror image, left where right should be, evil reflected back as good, good as evil, your angel as her devil. But God's justice, if it makes no haste, makes no mistakes.' " "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marisa | 1/28/2014

    " Yet another great Brother Cadfael novel. I really can't get over how well written these are. Once again there was a surprise ending that never even crossed my mind. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ermabom | 1/26/2014

    " This was not the first time I'd read this book but I fell in love with the series all over again. Really well-written, educational and good character development with a wry sense of humor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teresa | 1/26/2014

    " This version was read by Derek Jacobi who played Cadfael in the television series. I enjoy hearing him play this part but I really think that Peter's meant him to be a tough, knight who had been in many battles and was world weary. Jacobi creates a cozy characterization which is enjoyable in this murder mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vaughn | 1/17/2014

    " Good historic mystery reminiscent of The Name of the Rose. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elena | 1/16/2014

    " Lots of twists and turns in this one--an unidentified old corpse will do that. Fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate Forsyth | 1/14/2014

    " If you like historical mysteries set in medieval times, you'll enjoy these books - they're really very good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathleen | 12/29/2013

    " I enjoy Ellis Peters immensely. These are always a quick, engaging read with an interesting murder mystery to solve. If I could only have an herb garden like Brother Cadfael! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helen Correll | 12/1/2013

    " Enjoying this Medieval Whodunnit. Recommended by a friend at FOL. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Diegert | 10/29/2013

    " I enjoyed this a lot it had a good rich plot, but not hard to understand. Interesting characters and themes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hazel | 10/26/2013

    " 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 Jessica | 5/22/2013

    " Again, another author I really enjoy reading. Mysteries without excessive profanity, gore, violence, sex etc. Brother Cadfael is an engaging character - and I wish I had the time he does to putter around the herb garden! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 12/6/2012

    " Not as good as some of the other Brother Cadfael mysteries, but still better than so many mystery series and their individual entries. The resolution of the plot is somewhat less satisfying than other situations with which Brother Cadfael has had to contend--but it's still very good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Miriam | 8/10/2012

    " I liked this one quite a bit, but not as much as some of the others in the series. I guess I just had a problem with the idea that a man would be allowed to leave his wife to become a monk and she would have to spend the rest of her life alone. The way the mystery was resolved was interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beka | 7/16/2012

    " A knotty problem deftly unwound by Brother Cadfael. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 4/28/2012

    " Book #17. The Brothers discover human remains when they plough a newly aquired field. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael Carlson | 3/28/2012

    " Another great book in the series. Are they getting better and better? While not as "theological" as the previous one (that I enjoyed so much) this was another good mystery. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daniel Ribera | 12/26/2011

    " I found this book a bit slow at the start, but Ellis Peters has a incredible ability to provide a powerful, emotional, and surprise ending. In this book she does not disappoint. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne | 11/1/2011

    " Still going strong. I find Peter's Cadfael series one of the best series I've read. He always seems to have a good mystery to solve. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 9/18/2011

    " Just arrived from USA through BM. Another great masterpiece by Ellis Peters. I must continue to read this Brother Cadfael series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Denise Engel | 7/7/2011

    " A really great read. Very different from others in the series "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill | 3/29/2011

    " One of my favorite Brother Cadfael mysteries! I absolutely love Brothers Cadfael Mark, and wish they lived next door so we could swap gardening tips! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Picklefactory | 3/27/2011

    " One of my favorites of the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 1/23/2011

    " Another great volume in the Brother Cadfael series. Ellis Peters demonstrates the classic mystery writing style of dropping clues and making the reader feel as though they are making the discoveries along with the characters. I enjoyed the little twist at the end too. "

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

    " This was a good one - good, simple story; good characters. "

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

    " Ouhou, il est terriblement sombre celui-là aussi. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 amy | 10/11/2010

    " Original title for U.S. release (1981): Leapers, Lepers & Love Affairs. Overly whimsical, confusing; did not sell. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alice | 7/14/2010

    " The solution to this one was easy to reach, but I enjoyed the journey with the good brother, as usual. "

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

    " I love the characters in this book. I'm not sure I love the love story, however. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brent | 3/7/2010

    " Another good one, although none so far are nearly as good as One Corpse Too Many "

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

    " It was very interesting reading about the leper hospital. What a terrible disease. The young lovers in this book seem to have been in more peril than in other of the Cadfael books, but it's comforting to know all will be well by the end of the book. "

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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

Sir Derek Jacobi has had a long and distinguished career. He has toured in Becket and Uncle Vanya, and he received a Tony Award for his performance as Benedick in the RSC’s production of Much Ado about Nothing. His work in television includes the lead roles in Cadfael and I, Claudius, and his film credits include Henry V, Gosford Park, and Hamlet. His narrations have won him eleven Audiofile Earphones Awards.