An Excellent Mystery (Brother Cadfael #11)

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Title: An Excellent Mystery

Series: Brother Cadfael #11

Author: Ellis Peters

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Genre: Mystery

Pages: 253

Format: Kindle Digital Edition

 

Synopsis:

A wounded Crusader has become a monk who has been befriended by a mute young monk. In the power plays between the royalty, an abbey is destroyed and the monks therein scatter.

The aforementioned Crusader makes his way to Shrewsbury, where it is found out that the young woman he was to marry but forswore to become a monk, went to become a nun. Only she never arrived at the Abbey. Now a young man who was with the Crusader monk must track her down to press his own suit for her hand, if she is alive. If she is dead, then he’ll pursue vengeance.

Caught in the middle of it all, is Cadfael. Seeing more than others, caring for all, trying to make everything work out without destroying a man, a name, a legacy or a young woman.

 

My Thoughts:  Spoilers

If you aren’t as dull as dullard, you’ll have figured out what is going on at probably about the same time as Cadfael. If you are that dull, here’s a Pro Tip: young women can disguise themselves as boys.

And honestly, that is what made me shake my head over and over.  How does a woman disguise herself so thoroughly that nobody in a bloody Abby discovers it? She has to bathe sometime. She has to have her period sometime. It gets hot in the summer and she can’t wear the monk’s habit ALL the time. I get that a young woman can pass as a young man for a time, among strangers. But among a cloistered community? It just beggared my belief.

Apart from that, this was a half decent Cadfael story. He actually plays a rather small part. There is also a lot of “Historicalness” going on and those goings ons are what actually drive the story. Kind of like getting a history lesson on the sly.

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The Pilgrim of Hate (Brother Cadfael #10)

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Title: The Pilgrim of Hate

Series: Brother Cadfael

Author: Ellis Peters

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Genre: Mystery

Pages: 270

Format: Kindle digital edition

 

Synopsis:

The bones of St. Winifred are being brought out to display and for a miracle to happen. Pilgrims flock to the Abbey. Some true pilgrims, some scofflaws and others with very mixed motives. Cadfael is still feeling guilty about burying Winifred back in Wales and wants a sign that he did right.

While this is all going on, the war for the Kingdom continues. London is far away but what happens there ripples out to the rest of the land. A murder there affects a whole group of Pilgrims at the abbey, whether they know it or not.

 

My Thoughts:

Been about 2 months since my last Cadfael read. That seems to be a good space. Any sooner and I’d start champing at the bit with these.

This story had as much historical action as the previous book. Empress Maude makes the classic blunder of not sucking up to those in power and they spurn her attempt at  becoming Queen. So the war between her and Stephen continues. Which is just the backdrop for everything happening at the abbey.

Cadfael is all doubt’y until his son shows up and then it is all rainbows and ponies and a sign that Winifred approves his decision. Cadfael, while having given up the life that he led before, certainly doesn’t seem in the least repentant for ANY of it. I know that the religious and theological isn’t the main purview of this series, but still, I’d like that aspect touched on a bit more, even if it “is” Catholicism 😉

The one thing that really bugged me however was all the references to previous stories. I don’t remember individuals from the other books and so to have them mentioned was just an annoyance. I don’t keep that kind of detail in my head for more than about 2 days, then *delete*, it is gone to make room for the next book I’m reading. Which is why reviews of books that I have finished over a week ago tend to be quite a bit sparser than ones done immediately after reading.

Finally, I am really liking these MysteriousPress.com covers. While they don’t have the Priest’y vibe of the earlier ones, I am very much drawn to the whole colored cover thing. It works for me.

Dead Man’s Ransom (Brother Cadfael #9)

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Title: Dead Man’s Ransom

Series: Brother Cadfael

Author: Ellis Peters

Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars

Genre: Mystery

Pages: 273

Format: Kindle digital edition

 

Synopsis:

King Stephen has been captured, as has Sheriff Prestcote. The Welsh make a move against the inhabitants that Beringar must now look after [as his lord was Prestcote, who’s lord was Stephen]. In the process, they capture a young man who they think they can exchange for Prestcote.

During the exchange, Prestcoste is murdered and it is up to Cadfael to find the murderer and determine if Justice, or Mercy, are truly due.

 

My Thoughts:

For some reason, this just hit the spot.

Part of it was last weekend where I drove almost 1K miles and moved my parents in 90degree weather with 90% humidity. Then once home and finding booklikes glacial and staff actively unresponsive [not sure what else you call changing your facebook page so people can’t comment/ask questions], I was just stressed.

So a little murder mystery where things would get worked out in the end was pleasant, very pleasant. The young people involved were all idiots, all of them, but thankfully they were balanced out by Cadfael, Sister Magdalena and Beringar. Which is much like real life.

The Devil’s Novice (Brother Cadfael #8)

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Title: The Devil’s Novice

Series: Brother Cadfael

Author: Ellis Peters

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Genre: Mystery

Pages: 273

Format: Kindle digital edition

 

Synopsis:

A young man desires to join the monastery, with an incredible fervor.

At the same time, an emissary of the King is found dead, under mysterious circumstances.

Thankfully, Cadfael is on the case!

 

My Thoughts:

I vaguely recalled this from when I was watching the tv series. So I “knew” that things weren’t all that they seemed and the path was twisty. I just couldn’t remember when things turned left or right.

I enjoyed this more than the previous books. Most of that I suspect is BECAUSE I didn’t know what was going on. I’ve found that most murder mysteries aren’t good as re-reads. Not that I’ve read a lot of murder mysteries.

I am thankful that I picture Derek Jacobi as Brother Cadfael. The tv series definitely got that part down right.

The Sanctuary Sparrow (Brother Cadfael #7)

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Title: The Sanctuary Sparrow
Series: Brother Cadfael
Author: Ellis Peters
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Genre: Mystery
Pages: 289
Format: Kindle Digital Editions
Synopsis:A young jongleur is accused of theft and murder. Taking sanctuary in the church grounds, he has 40 days for the law to determine his guilt or innocence.

Brother Cadfael is convinced of his innocence and sets out to help prove it.

 

My Thoughts:

Mysteries aren’t my favorite things but I still like to occasionally read them just to keep up the slight variety in my SFF world.

What I don’t like is that information is doled out, or not in many cases, to the reader and not much actually happens.The writing was excellent but this just wasn’t my thing.

I also think that this was the last tv episode I watched back in ’13, so I mostly knew what was going on right from the get go.

St. Peter’s Fair

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St. Peter’s Fair

Brother Cadfael #4

Ellis Peters

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

 

The only problem I’m finding is that I keep inserting things from the tv series into the book series as I read along.

And I’m not always correct.

Which makes things confusing, for me, as I’m reading along. BUT, it keeps the mystery in the book 😉

Monk’s Hood

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Monk’s Hood

Brother Cadfael #3

Ellis Peters

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

 

Truth be told, I am enjoying this series, but it can get pedestrian at times.

Thankfully, the Father Abbot Heribert is being replaced, so I’m hoping the new Father will play a slightly larger role.

One Corpse Too Many

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One Corpse Too Many

Brother Cadfael #2

Ellis Peters

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

 

This tale went sailing merrily along until about 2/3rd’s of the way through, then for some reason it slowed down for me. Not sure why, but I stopped caring about all the different alliances, etc, etc that different people had for different reasons. It became boring.

But, I like the introduction of Hugh B. [I can’t remember how to spell his last name]. He seemed like a good counterweight to Cadfael’s age, vocation and temperament.