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The devil's novice by Ellis Peters

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

by Ellis Peters, Patrick Tull (Narrator)

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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 |
Some pretty great family dynamics in this one, and I always appreciate a really badass female character. ( )
  jen.e.moore | Feb 22, 2015 |
Re-read 2012, still marvelous. ( )
  devafagan | Jan 2, 2015 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Ellis Petersprimary authorall 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
Zardoni, MonicaTranslatorsecondary 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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