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The Holy Thief (Book 19) by Ellis Peters
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The Holy Thief (Book 19) (original 1992; edition 1992)

by Ellis Peters

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Title:The Holy Thief (Book 19)
Authors:Ellis Peters
Info:Time Warner Paperbacks (1998), Paperback, 274 pages
Collections:Your library, Brother Cadfael mysteries
Rating:****
Tags:mystery, hardcover

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I was disappointed with this book of Brother Cadfael. He seems to have ben dropped back to a secondary character. I found it boring. ( )
  delta61 | May 15, 2015 |
Six-word review: Conflict and murder over sacred relic.

Extended review:

Politics, religion, and natural disaster converge in Brother Cadfael's penultimate outing as a problem-solving monastic in twelfth-century England.

Absurd premises no longer bother me in this endearing series. I just like being at the Benedictine's elbow as he teases out truth from deception and folly from rank evil-doing.

In the present instance, a saint's reliquary is the bone of contention among a most unlikeable brother who is on a fund-raising mission for a despoiled abbey, an aristocratic landowner, and Cadfael's own abbey, where the reliquary has been in residence as a destination of pilgrimages. The object of veneration becomes lost during a move to flee rising floodwaters, and foul deeds follow.

Into the mix come a troubador and his beautiful, golden-voiced slave, a young ex-novice, a dying woman, and a musically gifted brother upon whom suspicion readily falls. Cadfael's talents are well exercised as, with the help of his friend the sheriff, he wends his way toward truth and justice. ( )
1 vote Meredy | May 5, 2015 |
I enjoyed it. Be warned, it has some major spoilers for some previous Cadfael mystery. I'm not sure which, as this is my first Cadfael in decades. ( )
  AmphipodGirl | Oct 14, 2014 |
A good book, just not my cup of tea. A medieval monk as a detective? I'll pass (even though it was very well written). ( )
  AliceAnna | Aug 10, 2014 |
Took it's time getting going and then dragged at the end but the middle was very enjoyable. I just kept thinking she was going to throw a few more twists in at the end and she didn't and I wondered if she just lost interest and wrapped it up.
  amyem58 | Jul 3, 2014 |
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Wegens een dreigende overstroming worden de kostbaarheden van de abdij van Shrewsbury (we zijn in het jaar 1144) in veiligheid gebracht. Daarbij verdwijnt een kostbare reliekschrijn. Deze wordt weliswaar spoedig teruggevonden, maar er zijn ook nog andere schatten gestolen, en dan wordt er een mogelijke getuige vermoord. Monnik-speurder Cadfael heeft er weer veel werk aan, maar zoals altijd bij deze schrijfster komt alles keurig op zijn pootjes terecht, zij het ditmaal met heel wat toeval. Dit negentiende deel uit deze reeks is zeker niet het minste; met name de omgang met heiligen, hun relieken en bijbelse voorspellingen is heel aardig beschreven. Bekend zijn de rustig voortkabbelende verteltrant en de zwart-witte karakters. De vertaling is nog steeds stroef. Een onderhoudend boek in normale druk. - Hans Wagemans.
 

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Chwat, SergeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Janssens, PieterTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kim, HunTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Menini, María AntoniaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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In the height of a hot summer, in late August of 1144, Geoffrey de Mandeville, Earl of Essex, deferred to the heat of the sun, and made the final, fatal mistake of his long and opportunist career.
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Nach einem Unwetter müssen die Benediktinerbrüder des Klosters von Shrewsbury voller Entsetzen feststellen, daß ihnen die wertvollen Reliquien der Heiligen Winifred gestohlen wurden. Der Verdacht fällt schnell auf zwei Gäste, Mönche aus dem zerstörten Kloster von Ramsey. Als dann auch noch der wichtigste Zeuge ermordet wird, scheint die Schuld festzustehen.
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During the hot summer of 1144, the Earl of Essex succumbs to a fatal arrow, but only after a lingering fever during which his officials do their best to save him from hellfire by restoring various properties he has annexed. And then heavy rains bring threats of floods and the holy relics must be saved. When the waters subside, a robber is revealed and before Brother Cadfael can solve that case a murder is added.… (more)

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