Book - 1981 | First U.S. edition
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Brother Cadfael, Benedictine monk and self-appointed detective of Shrewsbury Abbey, defends a young man accused of poisoning his stepfather, a guest at the abbey, and pursues several seemingly obscure clues to expose the murderer

Publisher: New York : Morrow, 1981
Edition: First U.S. edition
Copyright Date: ©1980
ISBN: 9780688004521
Branch Call Number: MYS Peters, E 100.3 1981
Characteristics: 223 pages : map ; 22 cm


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May 18, 2019

Even if I hadn't enjoyed the easy-going mystery, this would have been a worthwhile read for the sake of its wealth of cultural/historical/linguistic insight into 12th century Shropshire, deeply flavored by neighboring Wales -- not to mention the many details of daily monastic life and a collection of colorful characters. You get a lot for your money with this book: an engaging protagonist; a well crafted whodunit; a neat set of maps that I found myself referring back to many times; and a helpful glossary of Welsh words. The amount of research the author had to do to create this series must have been very extensive. I intend to search out a couple more of the Brother Cadfael mysteries.


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