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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,883 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ellis Peters Narrator: Vanessa Benjamin Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Chronicles of Brother Cadfael Release Date: January 2011 ISBN: 9781455174126
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On a spring evening in 1140 Shrewsbury, the midnight matins at the Benedictine abbey suddenly reverberate with an unholy sound—a hunt in full cry. Pursued by a drunken mob, the quarry is running for its life. When the frantic creature bursts in to claim sanctuary, Brother Cadfael finds himself fighting off armed townsmen to save a terrified young man.

Accused of robbery and murder is Liliwin, a wandering minstrel who performed at the wedding of a local goldsmith’s son. The cold light of morning, however, will show his supposed victim still lives, although a strongbox lies empty. Brother Cadfael believes Liliwin is innocent, but finding the truth and the treasure before Liliwin’s respite in sanctuary runs out may uncover a deadlier sin than thievery—a desperate love that not even the threat of hanging can stop.

This finely written tale is another gem from the master of medieval intrigue.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Gripping and knowledgable.”

    Spectator

  • “A welcome treat for Brother Cadfael fans.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Frode | 2/16/2014

    " Another great story by Ellis Peters. The ending line by Brother Cadfael is precious and dead on. The murderer takes a while to umask, and the plot moves along with a variety of side trails. I like it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jill Crosby | 1/21/2014

    " You'll read it in one sitting. The characters are SO REAL in spite of the 900-year gap between Cadfael and us, you'll find yourself owned after the first few pages. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 1/15/2014

    " Brother Cadfael does it again. Without judgement but carefully seeks the truth and justice. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hazel | 1/9/2014

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 12/27/2013

    " A good read, with lots of medieval background. I love Ellis Peters for a light read and Brother Cadfael is there with his generosity, thoughtfulness and expertise in medicine and awareness! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 12/27/2013

    " Nothing special, just another of the series, but I like them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vickie | 12/26/2013

    " I love going back in time and listening to a Brother Cadfael mystery. It's always more than just the mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Valeria de Alquimia | 12/24/2013

    " What a depressing finale! The good guys won but I felt sorry for the villains. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allen | 12/22/2013

    " Another great Cadfael who dunnit. Keeps you guessing until the end. These are excellent books who you want an enjoyable historical murder mystery, well paced and well written as with all the others I have read in this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 M Christopher | 12/4/2013

    " Another good read in the Cadfael Chronicles. I especially enjoyed the portrait of the young jongleur, the "Santuary Sparrow" of the title. Even the peril of a sparrow is known unto God... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jan | 12/1/2013

    " Cadfael works to resolve the murder of a young minstrel who seeks sanctuary in the sanctuary. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 11/29/2013

    " as i've seen several of pbs's well-done programs on brother cadfael, i rather enjoyed reading one of the books. i will definitely read others. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ed | 6/22/2013

    " Yet another good read. It is not deep or enlightening but there is something substantial to the characters. Peters plays with traditional roles in this one making even the guilty party sympathetic and well rounded. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mom | 6/4/2013

    " These are great! love them "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miriam | 5/8/2013

    " I didn't like this one quite as much as some of the others, but it was still very good. As other reviewers have said, it provides an interesting perspective on the situation for women during this time period. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate Forsyth | 5/7/2013

    " I'm reading piles of my old favourites at the moment & picked this one up - I love the Cadfael mysteries. This is a lovely, romantic one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 5/1/2013

    " I only read a few murder mysteries a year, and Ellis Peters is still great decades later. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 G. | 4/7/2013

    " Cute, escapist mystery with a gimic (12th Century England) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meghan | 3/28/2013

    " This is probably my favourite Brother Cadfael mystery so far. Peters has such a way of writing that reflects on human nature - it makes me wish I could see things in the calm and non-judgmental way that Cadfael himself does. Great story and lovely writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martha | 11/12/2012

    " Cadfael is a wonderful character. Wish they'd make a new tv series though Derek Jacobi was so good as the monk dectective ! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ryan Patrick | 6/15/2011

    " Good, but not the best of the series. The love story was a little shallow and the murderer a little obvious. Not enough Cadfael and Hugh, I think. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jill | 4/2/2011

    " You'll read it in one sitting. The characters are SO REAL in spite of the 900-year gap between Cadfael and us, you'll find yourself owned after the first few pages. "

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

    " I didn't like this one quite as much as some of the others, but it was still very good. As other reviewers have said, it provides an interesting perspective on the situation for women during this time period. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 2/24/2011

    " Some of the earlier books in the Brother Cadfael series are oddly "chaste" considering the time period they are set in. This volume's topic perhaps was not as dark as the preceding volume, but it still involves more sensuality than some of the earlier books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 7/29/2010

    " A good read, with lots of medieval background. I love Ellis Peters for a light read and Brother Cadfael is there with his generosity, thoughtfulness and expertise in medicine and awareness! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 7/20/2010

    " I'm reading piles of my old favourites at the moment & picked this one up - I love the Cadfael mysteries. This is a lovely, romantic one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jan | 11/14/2009

    " Cadfael works to resolve the murder of a young minstrel who seeks sanctuary in the sanctuary. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 11/4/2009

    " Nothing special, just another of the series, but I like them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 3/22/2009

    " Not at all bad.

    Charity shop find. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mom | 3/9/2009

    " These are great! love them "

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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

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.”