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The worldly-wise and compassionate Brother Cadfael makes a welcome, 15th appearance. On his deathbed, Brother Haluin confesses to the abbot and Brother Cadfael that 18 years previously he had fallen in love with Bertrade de Clary, whose mother had forbidden their marriage. The girl had later died as a result of herbs he had given her mother, Adelais de Clary, to abort their baby. Haluin unexpectedly recovers from his fall, however, and he now is determined to make a pilgrimage to the girl's tomb. But when he and Brother Cadfael arrive at Hales, they find Adelais de Clary strangely indifferent and no tomb for Bertrade at the church. Haluin insists on traveling to Elford, the chief seat of the de Clarys, in search of Beltrade's final resting place. The two monks find more than the tomb there, and on their homeward journey through Staffordshire they encounter forbidden love, a hastily arranged marriage, violent emotions and murder. It is up to Brother Cadfael to untangle the threads that bind the past to the present to avert another tragedy. Though the plot is somewhat obvious, Peters knows her period well and does not strike one false note in this thoroughly entertaining medieval mystery.
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Hard core Cadfaelians may find this particular story too simple as you can pretty much from the beginning assumes what is about to happen. Read morePublished 22 months ago by bernie
This novel is one of two by Ellis Peters that I've now read. But I'm hooked! Although I've only read a couple of this series about the medieval detective Cadfael, my appetite... Read morePublished on Aug. 4 2000 by Godly Gadfly
I felt this entry in the Brother Cadfael series (I'm reading them in order after discovering them a couple of years ago) was more predictable than most. Read morePublished on July 12 2000 by Christy
A tight read, but a very predictable plot. The strength and joy of it are Peters's prose and characterizations.Published on July 8 1998 by "rhbouchard"
Peters isn't Shakespeare, but she does know how to hook you in. I could see quite clearly Brother Haluin dragging his failing body over miles and miles to atone for his sins, and... Read morePublished on Feb. 23 1998
I was deeply impressed by the book. I really like the fact that English monasticism of the early 12th century is presented in a positive light and the characters are so human. Read morePublished on Feb. 20 1998