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The author of the book: Ellis Peters
Edition: Mysterious Press
Date of issue: December 1st 1992
ISBN 13: 9780892964499
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 8.33 MB
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I'd never heard of Brother Cadfael until I saw this book in a stack my mother brought to trade at our local used bookstore. I pulled it out, noticed an inscription to my mother from my aunt, and asked her, "What's this?"
"Oh, it's the first two books of a mystery series set in medieval times that my sister gave me a long time ago."
"Is it any good?"
"I didn't really get into it."
But just because my mother has a hard time getting interested in a book doesn't mean I have the same problem. And it was from my aunt.
"Can I keep this?"
I was right; I did not have the same problem she did with this series. I liked it immediately just from the first few pages.
Brother Cadfael, we are told, was not always a monk. He spent nigh fifty years in the world, conquering Jerusalem during the Crusades, and then spending a large amount of time as a sailor, battling along the coast of Israel. He was world savvy, a soldier, a lover, and then one day, decided to become a monk. In the abbey, he refined his talents as an herbalist and reliable aid to the abbot.
The first book opens with a fellow monk claiming to have seen a vision of a saint calling them to come rescue her from obscurity in a seemingly ungrateful Welsh village. Peters seems to have a tongue in cheek attitude about such "miracles," but doesn't mock them unnecessarily. When a strong opponent to their mission turns up murdered, Brother Cadfael must use his powers of observation, deduction, and cunning to help the locals find the killer.
The second book focuses around a civil war in England, between Stephan and his cousin Maude. The bulk of the story takes place outside of the abbey, in an around the village of Shrewsbury, with ne'er a sign of visions and miracles. This proves that Peters could adeptly write in various environments, while keeping her characters consistent, especially when challenged with the unexpected. A man is found murdered and dumped with a pile of corpses fresh from the gallows, but this body does not show signs of being hanged. Instead, it shows signs of being strangled in close quarters. Brother Cadfael, not only an herbalist, but also a sort of healer, and thus the only kind of medical examiner available, discovers this corpse, and he begins a journey to find the killer, adopting a few strays along the way.
Brother Cadfael is always trustworthy and endearing to the characters that deserve it, and dangerous to the ones that don't, but himself never lifts a finger to do harm. Instead, he is crafty, clever, and patient, and often enlists the aid of those wronged.
It's a mystery series, and while not as riveting as some, I found it highly interesting because of the lack of technology (a la CSI or Bones). I recommend this series to those who like a good puzzle without gore or grisliness, and who have a penchant for the medieval period.
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Read information about the authorA pseudonym used by Edith Pargeter.
Edith Mary Pargeter, OBE, BEM 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.
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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