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The Holy Thief (1992)

by Ellis Peters

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Series: Brother Cadfael Mysteries (19)

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Fiction. Mystery. Historical Fiction. HTML:Strangers seek refuge at the abbey as floodwaters rise, a body falls, and a relic vanishes??in this "top drawer" mystery featuring the twelfth-century monk (Chicago Sun-Times)
In the chill, rainy autumn of 1144, two groups of visitors seek the hospitality of the Abbey of St. Peter and St. Paul, and Brother Cadfael fears trouble has come in with them. Among the first arrivals is Brother Tutilo, a young Benedictine with a guileless face and??to Brother Cadfael's shrewd eyes??a mischievous intelligence. The second group, a ribald French troubadour, his servant, and a girl with the voice of an angel, seems to Brother Cadfael a catalyst for disaster.

All of Cadfael's fears become manifest as rising floodwaters endanger the abbey's most sacred relic, the remains of Saint Winifred. When the bones disappear and a dead body is found, Brother Cadfael knows carnal and spiritual intrigues are afoot. Now, in a world that believes in signs and miracles, Brother Cadfael needs his prayers answered??as well as some heavenly guidance to crucial clues??to catch a killer hell-
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While a major flood nearly overwhelms the abbey, someone has stolen a much valued relic encased in a coffin. Cadfael is in earnest to recover the coffin before anyone opens it. A rather dubious monk whose lack of interest in the brotherhood seems to be the thief. When the body of a murdered man shows up, the thief is immediately suspected but Cadfael realizes there is more to unravel before a young lady nearly wrecks everything. Will Cadfael catch the killer or will his long held secret in the coffin be discovered? ( )
  walterhistory | Sep 4, 2022 |
Decent addition to the Brother Cadfael series. This time I guessed the actual murderer, but not the motive. Interesting. ( )
  fuzzi | Sep 23, 2021 |
finally a murderer is arrested
  FKarr | Jul 18, 2020 |
The Abbey of St. Peter and St. Paul in Shrewsbury becomes the destination for two monks from Ramsay, a monastery ravaged by war and needing assistance, and for a group of musicians. We find that one of the monks is also a singer and musician. The monks have raised a goodly sum of money and jewels from the area along with a gift of lumber from a local lord. When the rains fall and the River Severn is flooding, the wagon with lumber and the gifts is sent out of harm's way while the Abbey puts all its treasures in higher ground. When the flood waters recede, somehow the Abbey loses coffin with the bones of St. Winifred. Meanwhile, thieves steal the cart on the way back to the monastery and the strong box with the cash and jewelry is found opened. Also found is Winifred. There is contoversy over who actually will actually get custody of the saint. Does she belong to Shrewsbury, the monks of Ramsay to which she was heading or Lord Robert Beaumont, upon whose land she was discovered? And how did she get on the wagon for Ramsay?

A sortes Biblicae is the proposed solution for Saint Winifred. But what about the murder victim found nearby, especially as he was coming to the Abbey to identify the monk whom he helped put the reliquary on the wagon? The sortes gives closure to one mystery and Brother Cadfael deduced the rest. A most successful solution. ( )
  fdholt | Jun 27, 2019 |
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Title: The Holy Thief
Series: Brother Cadfael #19
Author: Ellis Peters
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Genre: Medieval Mystery
Pages: 288
Format: Digital Edition

Synopsis:

Two fellow Benedictines from a neighboring enclave come in search of offerings of money, prayers, skilled labor and materials for help in rebuilding their plundered abbey. A great amount of all 4 are raised and sent on back to the abbey while the 2 brothers head to other abbey's to keep on raising more support. The cart and its inhabitants are waylaid by bandits and while the men escape with their lives, all the materials and money is gone.

At this time, it is discovered that the reliquary supposedly containing the bones of the welsch Saintess has gone missing. Suspicion falls on the younger of the monks from the ruined abbey and a witness is called to prove he did take the reliquary. Said witness ends up dead and discovered by the younger monk. Lots of twistings and turnings later, it all comes out that it was done by the assistant to a travelling musician who had stolen the valuables and then murdered the witness to the stealing of the reliquary on the off chance he had seen the assistant take the gold and jewels.

Said young monk, who has a voice from heaven, runs off to Wales with the slave girl of the travelling musician who also has the gift of singing. The bones of the Saintess are returned safely to Shrewsbury, the murderer is taken and everything works out for the best, with the exception of the murdered shepherd, poor sap.

My Thoughts:

It is about phracking time that this series got back to having Cadfael as a main character again. I bumped this up at least half star just for that reason alone!

The other thing I really liked was that brother Jerome, that sniveler, that ass kisser and general sucker upper to Prior Robert, lost control and whacked the shepherd over the head. He thought he killed the guy but sadly, it turned out to be someone else put the finishing kabosh on the poor shepherd. I have to admit, I was hoping it WAS Jerome just so the sheriff, Hugh Beringar, could string him up and hang him dead. Jerome has been a worm since the first book and I want him dead. Oh well.

The whole young love thing is just such a trope in this series at this point that I just shrug my shoulders and think “oh well”. The problem I do have it is that it allows Peters to give voice to her rather ecumenical and unscriptural theology using a monk and so add weight to her thoughts.

I enjoyed this read from start to finish, which is a good change from the last couple of Cadfael books. I only have 2 more to go in this series and I'm really hoping they end strong and not with a whimper.

★★★☆½ ( )
1 vote BookstoogeLT | Jul 18, 2018 |
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Wegens een dreigende overstroming worden de kostbaarheden van de abdij van Shrewsbury (we zijn in het jaar 1144) in veiligheid gebracht. Daarbij verdwijnt een kostbare reliekschrijn. Deze wordt weliswaar spoedig teruggevonden, maar er zijn ook nog andere schatten gestolen, en dan wordt er een mogelijke getuige vermoord. Monnik-speurder Cadfael heeft er weer veel werk aan, maar zoals altijd bij deze schrijfster komt alles keurig op zijn pootjes terecht, zij het ditmaal met heel wat toeval. Dit negentiende deel uit deze reeks is zeker niet het minste; met name de omgang met heiligen, hun relieken en bijbelse voorspellingen is heel aardig beschreven. Bekend zijn de rustig voortkabbelende verteltrant en de zwart-witte karakters. De vertaling is nog steeds stroef. Een onderhoudend boek in normale druk. - Hans Wagemans.
 

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Peters, Ellisprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
BascoveCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Chwat, SergeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Janssens, PieterTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kim, HunTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Menini, María AntoniaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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In the height of a hot summer, in late August of 1144, Geoffrey de Mandeville, Earl of Essex, deferred to the heat of the sun, and made the final, fatal mistake of his long and opportunist career.
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Fiction. Mystery. Historical Fiction. HTML:Strangers seek refuge at the abbey as floodwaters rise, a body falls, and a relic vanishes??in this "top drawer" mystery featuring the twelfth-century monk (Chicago Sun-Times)
In the chill, rainy autumn of 1144, two groups of visitors seek the hospitality of the Abbey of St. Peter and St. Paul, and Brother Cadfael fears trouble has come in with them. Among the first arrivals is Brother Tutilo, a young Benedictine with a guileless face and??to Brother Cadfael's shrewd eyes??a mischievous intelligence. The second group, a ribald French troubadour, his servant, and a girl with the voice of an angel, seems to Brother Cadfael a catalyst for disaster.

All of Cadfael's fears become manifest as rising floodwaters endanger the abbey's most sacred relic, the remains of Saint Winifred. When the bones disappear and a dead body is found, Brother Cadfael knows carnal and spiritual intrigues are afoot. Now, in a world that believes in signs and miracles, Brother Cadfael needs his prayers answered??as well as some heavenly guidance to crucial clues??to catch a killer hell-

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Nach einem Unwetter müssen die Benediktinerbrüder des Klosters von Shrewsbury voller Entsetzen feststellen, daß ihnen die wertvollen Reliquien der Heiligen Winifred gestohlen wurden. Der Verdacht fällt schnell auf zwei Gäste, Mönche aus dem zerstörten Kloster von Ramsey. Als dann auch noch der wichtigste Zeuge ermordet wird, scheint die Schuld festzustehen.
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