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Monk's Hood (Brother Cadfael Mysteries) Mass Market Paperback – November 1, 1992
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The tale this time involves the mysterious poisoning of a guest of the Benedictine Abbey of St. Peter and St. Paul, by means, what's more, of one of Brother Cadfael's own healing concoctions. With his own - as well as the Abbey's - honour at stake, Cadfael refuses to let matters lie, especially when the sheriff's somewhat over-zealous sergeant appears to be rather hastily leaping to the wrong conclusion as to who is responsible for the dire deed. To add further complications to the task before our mediaeval sleuth, Cadfael suddenly finds himself confined to the Abbey precincts by a more than usually overweening Prior Robert. As always, though, Cadfael's greater humility and wit (aided somewhat by divine providence) win out in the end, with our hero triumphing over arrogant authority of both secular and cloistered varieties.
Ellis Peters uses her own flawless wit and easy flowing prose to spin an enchanting and compulsive story around the central mystery, although the book is not really of the classic whodunnit mould.Read more ›
The first novel, A MORBID TASTE FOR BONES, presents Cadfael's devotion to his beloved Saint Winifrid (also of Wales). The second novel, ONE CORPSE TOO MANY, chronicles his friendship with the new deputy, Hugh Beringar, a King's man. Here in #3 we enjoy a private glimpse into his amorous (pre- Benedictine) past, as he encounters his secret fiance, Richildis Vaughn--two husbands later. Still slightly susceptible to feminine charm despite long years waring the cowl, Cadfael debates visitng her one last time before she moves to a distant manor. Will our favorite Brother of the Abbey of St. Peter and St. Paul have something to Confess--to her or in the cloister?
An aging man with a feisty nature is viciously poisoned after eating a partridge sent as a gift, prepared by the Abbot's cook. Cadfael discovers that the murder weapon was none other than oil of monk's hood, disguised in the sauce; this oil was prepared by his own hand, to relieve the aches of old bones and sore muscles. Shocked that a soothing salve to reduce stress has actually caused death, Cadfael undertakes the investigation personally--as far as his snooty superiors permit. He is aided by his young, loyal assistant in the herb garden, Brother Mark--an eager sidekick to search for clues. Eventually Hugh returns to take up the case, but can they all prove that Richildis' young son is innocent?Read more ›
The more I read of this series, the better it gets. I recommend it to anyone.
Historically, I have not been much of a reader of mystery writers. The Chronicles of Brother Cadfael have made me a fan of Ellis Peters's writing. She does not write the one-sided characters that too often fill such books. She consistently surprises me with the depth and realistic humanity of her characters. This is seen most clearly in the "villain" of "Monk's Hood."
Peters's vision of medieval Shrewsbury becomes, like Cadfael and fellow monks, more interesting with each book. It is a perfectly conceived (or reconstructed) world in which to act out her tales.
I am pleased to see Brother Robert's return to a place of prominence within the storyline. He is the perfect personification of pomposity-a delightful foil for the straightforward Cadfael.
I give a heartfelt recommendation to "Monk's Hood" and the whole Cadfael series. Check it out.
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It's Brother Cadfael; it's got to be good! This is one of my favorite episodes, and I've got the whole series.Published 2 months ago by Elflover
All is well in the world of Brother Cadfael. As usual, he figures out the culprit and then comes up with a way out for everyone so that there are no losers (except Bonel). Read morePublished 5 months ago by Robert Strahan
Perhaps not as interesting as the first two Brother Cadfael books, but still well worth reading.Published 6 months ago by Onix
I am re-reading this series in order and enjoying it more than the first time I read these unusual mysteries years ago. Read morePublished 7 months ago by FourCats