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The devil's novice by Ellis Peters

The devil's novice (original 1983; edition 1993)

by Ellis Peters (Author), Patrick Tull (Narrator)

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A young man seems to be totally eager to give his vows and become and monk but Cadfael feels there might be some reason he is in such a hurry. The second son of a wealthy landowner (and as such ineligible to inherit), Meriet seems to have no better path for his life. When out collecting fallen tree branches for firewood, Meriet leads them to an abandoned coalmaker's hut where they discover a recent fire which consumed a dead body. This victim turned out to be a recent visit to the town, Peter Clemence. Whatever Meriet knows about the death is giving him terrible nightmares that cause him to wake up screaming.

In his usual slow and gentle way, Cadfael gathers information about the victim and his young novice and how the two are related.

I love the gentle life of the monks as world events swirl around them and gentle eddies stirring up their lives and adding some worldly content to their lives. ( )
  mamzel | Dec 19, 2016 |
Book 8 on the "Brother Cadfael" series and another superb story by Edith Pargeter (real name of Ellis Peters). Very well crafted, her writing is obviously not “old” English, but she brings to her words a taste of that time. I has just the right amount of mystery, intriguing characters and situations. The series of books was made into several movies with one of my favorite actors, Derek Jacobi, as Brother Cadfael. I watched the movies before reading the books and maybe that is the reason, but I can’t imagine another actor in the skin of Cadfael. When I read the books, I can’t help imagining Jacobi as the Benedictine monk. ( )
  MrsRK | Nov 21, 2016 |
The 8th Brother Cadfael mystery, set in 12th century England during the first Civil War, this book was just as satisfying as all the others I've read. In this, a young man comes to join the monastery who seems not to have a vocation. His nightmares frighten his fellow novices and when a body is found that has a connection to him, he freely confesses the murder. Brother Cadfael and Deputy Sheriff Hugh Beringar team up once again to find the truth of the matter. ( )
  Oodles | Feb 16, 2016 |
A perfectly adequate mystery. I don’t really have any complaints about it, but neither was it groundbreaking or astounding. It was a nice, undemanding vacation read – I’d read a couple of others in this series, and it was exactly what I expected. I enjoy the medieval/monastic setting.

Here, a new novice enters Brother Cadfael’s monastery. The boy is clearly unsuited to the lifestyle, but he vehemently insists that he wants nothing more than to become a monk, even requesting that he be allowed to expedite the process and take vows immediately. During the day, he professes devotion… but at night, he suffers nightmares that disturb the whole community.

Cadfael decides to look into the background of this novice, to discover what he is hiding. The secret appears like it may be more sinister than suspected when a body is found…
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  AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
a young man from a local gentry family is sent to be a novice in the monastery but disturbs it with his screaming nightmares. When there is a murder, he is a suspect. Cadfael investigates. ( )
  antiquary | Sep 20, 2015 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Ellis Petersprimary authorall editionscalculated
BascoveCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Benjamin, VanessaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Chwat, SergeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Doleżal-Nowicka, IrenaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hansson, LarsTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Langowski, JürgenTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Menini, María AntoniaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Thorne, StephenNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tull, PatrickNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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In the middle of September of that year of our Lord, 1140, two lords of Shropshire manors, one north of the town of Shrewsbury, the other south, sent envoys to the abbey of Saint Peter and Saint Paul on the same day, desiring the entry of younger sons of their houses to the Order.
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It is 1140. The Benedictine monastry at Shrewsbury finds its new novice Meriet Aspley a disturbing presence. Meek by day, his sleep is disturbed by violent nightmares that earn him the nickname of "Devil's Novice". Can he be involved with the disappearance of a superior prelate?
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Suspicions abound when a young man turns up at Shrewsbury Abbey wanting to join as a novice and the half-burnt body of a missing cleric is found.

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