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The Confession of Brother Haluin (original 1988; edition 1989)

by Ellis Peters

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Title:The Confession of Brother Haluin
Authors:Ellis Peters
Info:Mysterious Press (1989), Edition: First Edition, Mass Market Paperback, 208 pages
Collections:Your library, Read in 2012
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Tags:Fiction, Paperback, British Literature, Historical Fiction, Medieval, Mystery, Religion, Series, 2012/12

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The Confession of Brother Haluin by Ellis Peters (1988)

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Six-word review: Improbable tale charms indulgent series fan.

Extended review: It's not hard to picture the author chuckling quietly to herself as she pieced together the fifteenth chronicle of a medieval monk whose monastic life seems to be as riddled with episodes of violent death as if he were a spiritual ancestor of Miss Marple or Jessica Fletcher. The first book of the series takes place in the spring of the year 1137, and this one begins in December of 1142. That's an average of nearly three dastardly crimes per year within the reach of the quiet, well-run abbey in Shrewsbury, all of which depend somehow on Brother Cadfael for their solution and the invocation of justice.

So it's no wonder that by now the author has ventured rather far into the realm of unlikelihood, albeit with the usual complement of concealed identities, long-hidden sins, thwarted romances, and complicated family relationships.

However, if we've stayed with the series this long, we love Brother Cadfael, and we're just happy to watch him going about his business, doing what he does best, which on most days is growing and tending his herb garden, preparing remedies, and offering wise counsel to those who seek it, and on surprisingly frequent occasions is investigating crimes and exposing culprits.

In this installment, it doesn't even matter that Cadfael has almost no detecting to do. His main function is to serve as a go-between and catalyst while the dramas of others play out. That's enough. I got what I came for. ( )
2 vote Meredy | May 20, 2014 |
Miss Haversham, forsooth! ( )
  amelish | Sep 12, 2013 |
THE CONFESSION OF BROTHER HALUIN is the fifteenth instalment in Ellis Peters' Cadfael series.

In the severe winter of 1142, the roof of the Abbey collapses under the weight of the heavy snowfall. One of the monks assigned to the task of repairing the roof is Brother Haluin. He falls from the roof and crashes to the ground, unconscious and badly hurt. Cadfael nurses him through the first night. Fearing he will not recover, Haluin makes a sickbed confession to Cadfael and Abbot Radulfus. He tells of a burden of guilt, carried since his youth, over a love affair that ended badly. Believing that his survival is a sign to make restitution, Brother Haluin receives Abbot Radolfus' blessing for pilgrimage of penance to his old home. Because Cadfael is privy to the confession, he is enlisted to aid Brother Haluin in his journey.

When they arrive at their destination, they find that things are not all as they seem, and that another tragedy is in the offing. Then a murder occurs. Cadfael unravels the mystery, the sinner atones insofar as possible, and Haluin finds peace.

THE CONFESSION OF BROTHER HALUIN is an involved but absorbing plot which is sorted out by Cadfael in his inimical style. What makes this and the other Cadfael tales enjoyable is the charming, unhurried way in which Peters tells the tale. ( )
  Jawin | Jun 4, 2011 |
Brother Cadfael mysteries are good for rainy days when one's brain just can't think any longer and escape, escape, escape is all one wants to do! This particular one is a rather slim volume, but still, it was as expected. No spoiler alerts for this review (unlike some of the ones that follow), but I will say that although I guessed the answer to the main mystery early, early on, I was puzzled as to the motive for it. But all is revealed in the end....

This plot gives us a glimpse into the life of a Benedictine convent, and of how these beautiful stone convents and monasteries were constructed. Just a glimpse, but still interesting. ( )
  kaulsu | Apr 8, 2011 |
In this the 15th Brother Cadfael Chronicle, we watch unfold the unhappy consequences of long distant, long hidden deception. The author gives us an important lesson in the sorrows brought about by suppressing devious actions of the past which can only be rectified by the sometimes painful process of revealing truth. Brother Cadfael, the medieval monk of Shrewsbury Abbey reflects, "Truth can be costly, but in the end it never falls short of value for the price paid." The tangled tale begins with the inexplicable rejection of a suitable husband for a daughter and proceeds to the burdening of the young suitor with false guilt driving him into the cowl at the Benedictine Abbey of Shrewsbury with a heaviness that now 18 years later is still consuming him. Brother Cadfael, resident herbalist and amateur sleuth of the Abbey, is the partner in the redemption of this young monk as they make pilgrimage together to the tomb of his long lost beloved and to the revelation of painful occurences of the dark past. Ellis Peters can not only tell a good tale, but she also has a remarkable insight into human nature--the motives that drive us and the consequences of our unfortunate choices. ( )
  seoulful | Feb 8, 2010 |
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Chwat, SergeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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On his deathbed, Brother Haluin confesses to a shocking act in his past--and then recovers. To atone, Haluin determines to make a journey of expiation with Brother Cadfael and embarks on an arduous journey that leads to discoveries of deceit, betrayal, revenge . . . and murder. "Each addition to the series is a joy".--USA Today.

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Brother Cadfael is witness to a shocking near-death confession and accompanies a fellow Benedictine on a dangerous quest for redemption.

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