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Publisher's Summary

Brother Cadfael sets out to visit the Saint Giles leper colony outside Shrewsbury, knowing that a grand wedding is due to take place at the Abbey of Saint Peter and Saint Paul. As he arrives at Saint Giles, the nuptial party passes the colony's gates. He sees the fragile bride, looking like a prisoner between her two stern guardians, and the groom, an arrogant, fleshy aristocrat old enough to be her grandfather. With his usual astuteness he suspects that this union may be more damned than blessed.
He is horrifically proved right when a savage murder disrupts the May-December marriage leaving Brother Cadfael with a dark and terrible mystery to solve. For the key to the killing - and a secret - are hidden among the lepers of Saint Giles, and Brother Cadfael's skills must diagnose a sickness, not of the body, but of a twisted soul.
©1981 Ellis Peters; (P)1992 Recorded Books, LLC
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By E.D. on 05-03-12

Exciting and deeply moving

Would you listen to The Leper of St. Giles again? Why?

I will listen again, but not for a while. This is not a an upbeat story, it's an excellent story, but parts of it are very sad. I don't put myself through that all that often.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

That would spoil it for future readers! All I can say is that I would change the end.

Have you listened to any of Patrick Tull???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Oh, yes, several others. He's an excellent reader/actor.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Can't think of a thing.

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By A on 02-10-10

Great story - well read

A good yarn that kept me interested throughout. At first I thought the narration was a bit slow, but after a while, I really liked it. The narrator does a great job of conveying the feeling of the novel.

I've enjoyed several Br. Cadfael books. Strongly recommended.

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