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In the summer of 1138, war between King Stephen and the Empress Maud takes brother Cadfael from the quiet world of his garden to the bloody battlefield. Not far from the safety of the Abbey walls, Shrewsbury Castle falls, leaving its 94 defenders loyal to the empress to hang as traitors. With a heavy heart, Brother Cadfael agrees to bury the dead, only to make a grisly discovery: 95 bodies lie in a row, and the extra corpse tells Cadfael that the killer is both clever and ruthless.
But one death among so many seems unimportant to all but the good Benedictine. He vows to find the truth behind disparate clues: a girl in boys' clothing, a missing treasure, and a single broken flower - the tiny bit of evidence that Cadfael believes can most easily expose a murderer's black heart....
©1979 Ellis Peters (P)2011 Isis Publishing Ltd
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By anne on 09-07-15

A lovely listen!

Set in the times of king Stephen and Empress Maude and the ensuing civil war this series of books combines basic forensics and poetic language. Given that they were brutal times, there are no gory and unpleasant scenes. A mystery that highlights the ways of human beings. The good points and the bad.

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By Dr. R. Brompton on 05-26-15

A ripping yarn!

An excellent story by Ellis Peters, which contains a number of strong threads that weave together. Brother Cadfael is sagacious and crafty and a truly wonderful creation. The narration was excellent particularly for the voice of Cadfael, which has a solid worldly Welsh sound, even the female characters are well done. I hope that more of these stories are put onto audible (I think that she wrote about 20 Brother Cadfael novels), as I would love to hear more.

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