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The Fourth Cadfael Omnibus by Ellis Peters
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The Fourth Cadfael Omnibus

by Ellis Peters

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The Pilgrim of Hate: As the pilgrims gather at Shrewsbury, in distant Winchester a knight has been murdered. Among the throng of pilgrims, some strange customers indeed begin to puzzle Brother Cadfael, and as events unfold it becomes clear that the murder is a much less remote affair that it first seemed. An Excellent Mystery: In 1141 England is still torn by civic strife. Among the victims of the carnage is the Abbey of Hyde Meade, totally destroyed. But as its brothers attempt to rebuild their lives, old wounds are re-opened, painfully relived and harsh deeds committed. Only Brother Cadfael can ultimately distinguish between victim, innocent and guilty party. The Raven in the Foregate: Abbot Radulfus returns from London, bringing with him a priest for the vacant living of the Holy Cross (known as the Foregate)- a man of scholarship and discipline, but not humility. When he is found drowned in the millpond, suspicion is cast in many directions... and only the perseverance of Brother Cadfael can unravel the threads that lead to the murderer.… (more)

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The Pilgrim of Hate
Perhaps the best of the Brother Cadfael series so far. We catch up with some characters from previous books and the lyrical passages of devotion to St. Winifred and her miracles are very moving. Then we're brought down with a bump to an intriguing mystery as the world goes on, with repercussions from the high politics of the struggle for power between King and Empress making themselves felt.

An Excellent Mystery
It is. All the mayhem takes place off-stage and is only responsible for bringing the story of a vanished young woman to Cadfael's attention when two monks whose monastery has been burnt to the ground in the wars end up in Shrewsbury. But that's not the real mystery.

The Raven in the Foregate
A bit too reminiscent of One Corpse Too Many in the lovers' subplot. Cadfael's helper is not what he seems, and Hugh and Cadfael are on opposite sides again, though without spoiling their friendship. A very satisfactory outcome for the mystery element. ( )
  Robertgreaves | Sep 26, 2008 |
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