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An Excellent Mystery by Ellis Peters
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An Excellent Mystery (1985)

by Ellis Peters

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Series: Brother Cadfael (11)

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In the year of our Lord 1141, two monks ride into the Benedictine Abbey of Saint Peter and Saint Paul bringing with them disturbing new 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 totally mute, must seek refuge at Shrewsury. And from the moment he meets them, Brother Cadfael senses something deeper than their common vows binds these two good brothers. What the link is he can only guess...what it will lead to is beyond his 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)
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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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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 |
Typically good mystery by Ms Peters and a great evocation of the time. ( )
  charlie68 | Sep 6, 2018 |
The eleventh Brother Cadfael mystery involves an injured knight who becomes a monk, his faithful mute attendant, and his squire who seeks to marry the knight's fiancee. "Then a latent tragedy becomes a present reality, and only the ever-indefatigable Brother Cadfael can distinguish between the innocent, the guilty -- and the victims foredoomed by the demands of honour, love, and Fate." (from the back cover) ( )
  gypsysmom | May 10, 2018 |
An OK mystery! Fidelius' devotion to someone Fidelius didn't really know is never truly explained, but hey, that's all right. And it's interesting, vaguely. Once I realized the solution to the potential murder, that took the wind out of the sails of the book. ALSO the homophobia of Brother Uriel only being able to be attracted - violently! - to young men because he really misses sex with his former wife? Middle fingers up and that takes the book from a four-star to a three-star. Onward to the next nine Cadfaels, I suppose! ( )
  SuziSteffen | Feb 20, 2018 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Ellis Petersprimary authorall editionscalculated
BascoveCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Chwat, SergeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Doleżal-Nowicka, IrenaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fredriksson, Karl G.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fredriksson, LilianTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Janssens, PieterTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kendall, RoeNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Langowski, JürgenTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Leek, HeliTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Menini, María AntoniaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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August came in, that summer of 1141, tawny as a lion and somnolent and purring as a hearthside cat.
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