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“The joys in the Peters mysteries lie in the telling—the historical detail, the view of medieval life in town and monastery, the lively characterization and the author’s graceful, literate prose.” —The Washington Post
About the Author
Pargeter won an Edgar Award in 1963 for Death and the Joyful Woman, and in 1993 she won the Cartier Diamond Dagger, an annual award given by the Crime Writers’ Association of Great Britain. She was appointed officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1994, and in 1999 the British Crime Writers’ Association established the Ellis Peters Historical Dagger award, later called the Ellis Peters Historical Award.
- ASIN : B00LUZNWNG
- Publisher : MysteriousPress.com/Open Road (August 5, 2014)
- Publication date : August 5, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 8733 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 265 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #82,325 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This fourteenth novel in a series of 21 mysteries, "The Hermit of Eyton Forest," begins in October 1142 when Abbot Radulfus is appointed guardian of a ten-year-old orphan boy, Richard, lord of Eaton manor. Richard's grandmother, Dame Dionisia strenuously objects to the Abbot's guardianship, and wants to take Richard out of the Abbey school and marry him off to a girl who will inherit the estates on either side of Eaton manor.
According to historian, Rotha Clay, "Religious solitaries [hermits] were a feature of the English spiritual landscape ‘from the dawn of Christianity in England until the sixteenth century’." Large landowners were considered fortunate to have a hermit living on their property, so when the hermit, Cuthred and his servant, Hyacinth show up, Dame Dionisia gives them a disused chapel on her grandson's property to live in.
Richard is an adventurous little boy and when he's not studying his lessons in the Abbey, he likes to wander through the woods that will one day be his. He soon makes friends with Hyacinth, and when he learns that Drogo Bosiet, a surly guest at the Abbey is hunting for a runaway villein who very much resembles his new friend, he rides out to give warning.
When Drogo was found stabbed to death in the woods, his runaway servant is naturally the main suspect. Then Cadfael learns that young Richard has disappeared, and he must solve both a murder and a kidnapping.
This story's plot hinges on the long and bitter feud between the Empress and King Stephen, but it is really held together by the character and adventures of young Richard. Naturally, this being a Brother Cadfael mystery, there is a love story, but war and love are both secondary to Richard's quest to avoid an unwanted marriage and to help Hyacinth, his new-found friend. I loved the way this author used the deus ex machina of the mysterious hermit to tidy up all the loose ends in this excellent adventure/mystery/love story.
Drogo Bosiet and his groom arrive at the Abbey. They are looking for a villein named Brand who has fled their Northamptonshire manor. The only other newbies in the area are Cuthred, a hermit living in Eyton forest, and a boy who runs his messages.
After Drogo is found murdered, and Richard's son goes missing from the Abbey, it is up to Brother Cadfael and Sheriff Hugh Beringar to solve these mysteries. A lovely farmer's daughter plays a good role in this story.
This one I figured out before Ellis revealed all. I'm getting better at unraveling her mysteries.
I've read all the Brother Cadfael novels, most more than once. This one has probably given me the most pleasure.
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