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Author photo. Ellis Peters (Edith Pargeter), 1913-1995

Ellis Peters (Edith Pargeter), 1913-1995

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A Morbid Taste for Bones 3,369 copies, 83 reviews
One Corpse Too Many 2,383 copies, 52 reviews
Monk's Hood 2,027 copies, 41 reviews
The Virgin in the Ice 1,815 copies, 39 reviews
Saint Peter's Fair 1,814 copies, 35 reviews
The Leper of Saint Giles 1,757 copies, 41 reviews
The Sanctuary Sparrow 1,672 copies, 27 reviews
The Rose Rent 1,570 copies, 20 reviews
A Rare Benedictine 1,548 copies, 26 reviews
Brother Cadfael's Penance 1,539 copies, 25 reviews
The Potter's Field (Author) 1,514 copies, 19 reviews
The Devil's Novice 1,511 copies, 30 reviews
The Summer of the Danes 1,506 copies, 23 reviews
Dead Man's Ransom 1,502 copies, 29 reviews
The Hermit of Eyton Forest 1,497 copies, 23 reviews
The Holy Thief 1,496 copies, 22 reviews
An Excellent Mystery 1,490 copies, 29 reviews
The Raven in the Foregate 1,486 copies, 21 reviews
The Pilgrim of Hate 1,451 copies, 24 reviews
The Confession of Brother Haluin 1,441 copies, 22 reviews
The Heretic's Apprentice 1,416 copies, 22 reviews
The Brothers of Gwynedd Quartet 497 copies, 7 reviews
A Nice Derangement of Epitaphs 452 copies, 7 reviews
Fallen into the Pit 431 copies, 16 reviews
The Knocker on Death's Door 429 copies, 5 reviews
Flight of a Witch 424 copies, 6 reviews
Death and the Joyful Woman 365 copies, 8 reviews
A Bloody Field by Shrewsbury 357 copies, 7 reviews
The Piper On the Mountain 333 copies, 8 reviews
Rainbow's End 314 copies, 3 reviews
City of Gold and Shadows 283 copies, 7 reviews
The Heaven Tree 262 copies, 7 reviews
The House of Green Turf 251 copies, 3 reviews
Mourning Raga 247 copies, 4 reviews
The Grass Widow's Tale 218 copies, 2 reviews
Death to the Landlords! 214 copies, 4 reviews
The Green Branch 198 copies, 3 reviews
The Scarlet Seed 188 copies, 5 reviews
Death Mask 163 copies, 1 review
The Will and the Deed 147 copies, 3 reviews
Sunrise in the West 145 copies, 3 reviews
The Fourth Cadfael Omnibus 130 copies, 1 review
Funeral of Figaro 124 copies, 1 review
Never Pick Up Hitch-hikers! 123 copies, 3 reviews
The Marriage of Meggotta 115 copies, 3 reviews
The Assize of the Dying 110 copies, 1 review
Holiday with Violence 109 copies, 2 reviews
The Dragon at Noonday 105 copies, 2 reviews
The Hounds of Sunset 94 copies, 2 reviews
The Horn of Roland 93 copies, 2 reviews
Afterglow and Nightfall 84 copies, 2 reviews
More Mystery Cats: Feline Felonies (Contributor) 66 copies
Ellis Peters' Shropshire 49 copies, 2 reviews
She Goes to War 41 copies, 1 review
Lost Children 31 copies
By Firelight 31 copies
The Price of Light 7 copies, 1 review
Eye Witness 6 copies
Aunt Helen 5 copies
Iron-Bound 1 copy
Cadfael 1 copy
Don Juan 1 copy
Closely Watched Trains (Translator, some editions) 884 copies, 24 reviews
Historical Whodunits (Contributor; Foreword) 500 copies, 4 reviews
The Big Book of Christmas Mysteries (Contributor) 195 copies, 6 reviews
The Mammoth Book of Historical Detectives (Contributor) 192 copies, 2 reviews
The Cadfael Companion: The World of Brother Cadfael (Introduction) 152 copies, 1 review
Stories Not for the Nervous, Part 2 (Contributor) 86 copies, 1 review
Crime for Christmas (Contributor) 77 copies, 1 review
Legends of Old Bohemia (Translator, some editions) 67 copies
Cadfael Country: Shropshire and the Welsh Borders (Introduction, some editions) 61 copies, 1 review
2nd Culprit: A Crime Writers' Association Annual (Contributor) 58 copies, 1 review
Mysterious Pleasures (Contributor) 29 copies, 2 reviews
Cadfael: One Corpse Too Many [1994 TV episode] (Original book) 13 copies, 1 review
Winter's Crimes 11 (Contributor) 10 copies
Dangerous Ladies (Contributor) 8 copies
Winter's Crimes 13 (Contributor) 8 copies
Vijf historische zaken 6 copies, 1 review
Murder in Midwinter (Contributor) 6 copies
A Feast of Stories (Contributor) 5 copies, 1 review
Winter's Crimes 17 (Contributor) 5 copies
Winter's Crimes 16 (Contributor) 4 copies
Du sang sous le sapin 2 copies, 1 review
Argosy - November 1958 (Contributor) 1 copy
Mystery and Suspense (Contributor) 1 copy

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Edith Mary Pargeter, BEM (September 28, 1913 in Horsehay, Shropshire, England –October 14, 1995) was a prolific author of works in many categories, especially history and historical fiction, and was also honoured for her translations of Czech classics; she is probably best known for her murder mysteries, both historical and modern. Born in the village of Horsehay (Shropshire, England), she had Welsh ancestry, and many of her short stories and books (both fictional and non-fictional) were set in Wales and its borderlands, and/or have Welsh protagonists.

During World War II, she worked in an administrative role in the Women's Royal Naval Service, and received the British Empire Medal - BEM.

Pargeter wrote under a number of pseudonyms; it was under the name Ellis Peters that she wrote the highly popular series of Brother Cadfael medieval mysteries, many of which were made into films for television.
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