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“Each book is an elegant little mystery, gracefully written, cleverly plotted and richly detailed, full of the sounds and the colors and the customs of 12-century England.” —The Plain Dealer
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 : B00LUZNZ60
- Publisher : MysteriousPress.com/Open Road (August 5, 2014)
- Publication date : August 5, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 8743 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 311 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #106,258 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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My favorite Brother Cadfael mysteries take place within the familiar confines of the Shrewsbury Abbey, so this nineteenth entry which has our middle-aged monk/ex-Crusader/herbalist wandering through Wales and getting himself captured by a band of marauding Danes ranks 20th out of the 21 books in this series, at least in my opinion.
In April 1144 Deacon Mark (see "Monkshood") asks his friend Brother Cadfael to accompany him to Wales and translate for him. The Celtic Church had fallen under English control after the Norman invasion of Wales, but the Roman rite still needed reinforcement among the Welsh. Deacon Mark (already well on his way to sainthood) was chosen to deliver gifts and messages of good will to the two Welsh bishops.
Meanwhile two noble Welsh brothers are feuding, and the loser allies himself with the Danes and invites them to invade his native land. They are happy to oblige.
As this is a Cadfael mystery, there is a murder that is almost forgotten amidst all of the diverse alarums and excursions. Oh yes, and a rather unusual love story.
Cadfael finds the woman, Heledd, but they are quickly taken prisoner by Danes, who are in Wales at the behest of Owain's brother, Cadwaladr, to restore his lands, by force if necessary. A stalemate ensues, but the trickery is not over with yet.
Read the whole story to see how Cadfael and Mark get out of this fine mess.
She has a wonderful gift for storytelling. This book is a good example of it. She has developed an intriguing plot. The Danes do invade from their home bas in Dublin, Ireland. But, they are not here to conquer. They are here because of the poor character of the brother of the local ruler. So, while this is a tale of attack and defense, it has other issues such as the effect of individual character on historical events.
While I found this book a bit loose in style with a tendency to float off into poetic descriptions of atmosphere and locations, it is not dreadful and does not interfere with the story. If you like the other Cadfael tales, you will certainly like this one.
Top reviews from other countries
The content is not a match, it’s the previous book in the series, the Potters Field. It’s driving me mad reporting it and then no action being taken..
The cassettes are for my friends birthdate and sure they will be fine,
Arrived on time-thanks