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AN EXCELLENT MYSTERY: The Eleventh Chronicle of Brother Cadfael. (original 1985; edition 1985)

by Ellis. Peters (Author)

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Title:AN EXCELLENT MYSTERY: The Eleventh Chronicle of Brother Cadfael.
Authors:Ellis. Peters (Author)
Info:William Morrow (1985). (1985), Edition: First Edition
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Engaging mystery novel, not so much featuring Cafael, as featuring Brothers Humilis and Fidelity, and the excellent mystery of what happened to Julian Cruce? ( )
  phoenixcomet | Oct 29, 2018 |
Typically good mystery by Ms Peters and a great evocation of the time. ( )
  charlie68 | Sep 6, 2018 |
The eleventh Brother Cadfael mystery involves an injured knight who becomes a monk, his faithful mute attendant, and his squire who seeks to marry the knight's fiancee. "Then a latent tragedy becomes a present reality, and only the ever-indefatigable Brother Cadfael can distinguish between the innocent, the guilty -- and the victims foredoomed by the demands of honour, love, and Fate." (from the back cover) ( )
  gypsysmom | May 10, 2018 |
An OK mystery! Fidelius' devotion to someone Fidelius didn't really know is never truly explained, but hey, that's all right. And it's interesting, vaguely. Once I realized the solution to the potential murder, that took the wind out of the sails of the book. ALSO the homophobia of Brother Uriel only being able to be attracted - violently! - to young men because he really misses sex with his former wife? Middle fingers up and that takes the book from a four-star to a three-star. Onward to the next nine Cadfaels, I suppose! ( )
  SuziSteffen | Feb 20, 2018 |
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Title: An Excellent Mystery
Series: Brother Cadfael #11
Author: Ellis Peters
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Genre: Mystery
Pages: 253
Format: Kindle Digital Edition


Synopsis:

A wounded Crusader has become a monk who has been befriended by a mute young monk. In the power plays between the royalty, an abbey is destroyed and the monks therein scatter.

The aforementioned Crusader makes his way to Shrewsbury, where it is found out that the young woman he was to marry but forswore to become a monk, went to become a nun. Only she never arrived at the Abbey. Now a young man who was with the Crusader monk must track her down to press his own suit for her hand, if she is alive. If she is dead, then he'll pursue vengeance.

Caught in the middle of it all, is Cadfael. Seeing more than others, caring for all, trying to make everything work out without destroying a man, a name, a legacy or a young woman.



My Thoughts: Spoilers

If you aren't as dull as dullard, you'll have figured out what is going on at probably about the same time as Cadfael. If you are that dull, here's a Pro Tip: young women can disguise themselves as boys.

And honestly, that is what made me shake my head over and over. How does a woman disguise herself so thoroughly that nobody in a bloody Abby discovers it? She has to bathe sometime. She has to have her period sometime. It gets hot in the summer and she can't wear the monk's habit ALL the time. I get that a young woman can pass as a young man for a time, among strangers. But among a cloistered community? It just beggared my belief.

Apart from that, this was a half decent Cadfael story. He actually plays a rather small part. There is also a lot of "Historicalness" going on and those goings ons are what actually drive the story. Kind of like getting a history lesson on the sly.

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In 1141, two monks have arrived in Shrewsbury from Winchester, where their abbey was destroyed. Now Brother Humilis, who is very ill, and Brother Fidelis, who is mute, must seek refuge at Shrewsbury. And from the moment he meets them, Brother Cadfael senses something deeper than their common vows binds these two brothers. And as Brother Humilis's health fails, Brother Cadfael faces a poignant test of his discretion and his beliefs as he unravels a secret so great it can destroy a life, a future, and a holy order.

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In 1141, two monks have arrived in Shrewsbury from Winchester, where their abbey was destroyed. Now Brother Humilis, who is very ill, and Brother Fidelis, who is mute, must seek refuge at Shrewsbury. And from the moment he meets them, Brother Cadfael senses something deeper than their common vows binds these two brothers. And as Brother Humilis's health fails, Brother Cadfael faces a poignant test of his discretion and his beliefs as he unravels a secret so great it can destroy a life, a future, and a holy order.… (more)

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