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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (27 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ellis Peters Narrator: Patrick Tull Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2009 ISBN:
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In the middle of the abbey's evening services, an angry mob pursues a young boy into the sacred peace of the sanctuary. Terrified and in tatters, he clutches at the altar-cloth, grasping for mercy in the only sure place he might find it. He is accused of robbery and murder, but Cadfael senses his innocence and sets out to prove it. 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 Ryan Patrick | 2/18/2014

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 2/13/2014

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mom | 12/29/2013

    " These are great! love them "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate Forsyth | 12/18/2013

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jill Crosby | 11/17/2013

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hazel | 11/4/2013

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 11/4/2013

    " 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! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Valeria de Alquimia | 6/6/2013

    " 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 Martha | 3/29/2013

    " 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 Frode | 1/22/2013

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allen | 12/19/2012

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meghan | 12/10/2012

    " 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 Ruth Fabiano | 9/24/2012

    " I think this is one of my favorite BC books so far. Im not sure why, perhaps its emotional intensity and passion was really reved up. Really dug it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 7/28/2012

    " A bit grimmer and more intense than the earlier ones that I've read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 4/23/2012

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 B. | 1/5/2012

    " I have read some reviews that indicate this is the best of the Cadfael series. I certainly do not agree, and feel inclined to say so. However, I do agree with reviewers that cite this as the darkest yet. Overall, another charming addition in the Welsh monk's adventures. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 G. | 10/14/2011

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 9/30/2011

    " 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 M Christopher | 9/29/2011

    " 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 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. "

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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

Patrick Tull (1941–2006), born in the United Kingdom, was a multitalented actor of the stage, screen, and television, as well as an award-winning audiobook narrator. He acted in numerous American television shows from 1962 to 1996, including Crossroads, and he had roles in six Broadway plays between 1967 and 1992, including Amadeus. His film credits from 1969 to 1996 included roles as Cecil in Parting Glances and Jerry the bartender in Sleepers. He served as narrator for the television series Sea Tales. He narrated nearly forty audiobooks, and his readings of The Canterbury Tales, The Letter of Marque, Monk’s Hood, The Vicar of Wakefield, and How Green Was My Valley each earned him an AudioFile Earphones Award. His narration of Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey/Maturin novels was praised by novelist Stephen King as among his ten favorite audiobooks of 2006.