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An Excellent Mystery (Cadfael Chronicles) by…

An Excellent Mystery (Cadfael Chronicles) (original 1985; edition 1995)

by Ellis Peters (Author)

Series: Brother Cadfael (11)

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In the year of our Lord 1141, August comes in golden as a lion, and two monks ride into the Benedictine abbey of Saint Peter and Saint Paul bringing with them disturbing news of war- and a mystery. The strangers tell how the strife between the Empress Maud and King Stephen has destroyed the town of Winchester and their priory. Now Brother Humilis, who is handsome, gaunt and very ill, and Brother Fidelis, youthful, comely- and mute- must seek refuge at Shrewsbury. From the moment he meets them, Brother Cadfael senses that they are bound by something deeper than their common vows. What the link is he can only guess; what it will lead to is beyond imagining. But 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)
Title:An Excellent Mystery (Cadfael Chronicles)
Authors:Ellis Peters (Author)
Info:Warner (1995), 253 pages
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An Excellent Mystery by Ellis Peters (1985)

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    The Earl by Cecelia Holland (themulhern)
    themulhern: Both books are set during the wars between Stephen and Matilda. "The Earl" is far grimmer and more political, after al it is about an earl, and such did engage in politics and fighting. There is more sex and considerably less romantic ardor of one sort or another in "The Earl" than in "An Excellent Mystery".… (more)

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The eleventh chronicle of Brother Cadfael. ( )
  ME_Dictionary | Mar 20, 2020 |
Brother Caedfel and two mysterious monks and a disappearing woman
  ritaer | Mar 19, 2020 |
An ancient tale of knights and damsels, monks and kings and queens. ( )
  Fashion | Jan 9, 2020 |
An excellent mystery, the eleventh Cadfael Chronicle is not as excellent as the title. Two monks, one mortally ill and one mute, arrive at Shrewsbury from war torn Winchester and a young girl is found to be missing and presumed dead. We must also deal with Brother Urien's tendancies. Cadfael unravels the mystery and averts disaster in the end, as usual with the help of Sister Magdalen. (See The leper of St. Giles for more information on her.)

This book was a bit of stretch and a bit unrealistic, especially as compared with the other novels thus far. Still, with Ellis Peters' remarkable ability to make the 12th century alive, a good read. ( )
  fdholt | Jun 16, 2019 |
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 |
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Chwat, SergeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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