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Hermit of Eyton Forest [Large Print] [Hardcover]

Ellis Peters
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October 1988
After the death of Lord Ludel, his son Richard, a student at the Benedictine Abbey, becomes the new lord of Eaton. Meanwhile, a hermit has taken up residence in Eyton Forest, a holy man's arrival causes confusion among the Monks, Richard disappears, and a corpse is found in the forest. It is time for Brother Cadfael to leave his peaceful herb garden and track down a ruthless murderer. Unabridged. September '98 publication date.
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Little peace is to be found in England in the year 1142 as civil war continues to rage. The effects of the violence reach even into the cloistered world of the Benedictine Abbey of St. Peter and St. Paul. Richard Ludel, the father of one of the abbey's students, has recently died of wounds received in battle. His ten-year-old son, also called Richard, has now become Lord of Eaton. Richard's formidable grandmother, Dionysia, wants the boy released from the abbey's custody, where his father placed him, into her own. She has contracted a child marriage for young Richard that will gain the Ludels control over a large neighboring estate. No one is exactly what they seem, and more than one character has a past that bears closer examination. Add to this several subplots and a large amount of political intrigue, and you have a great story. Although Brother Cadfael is more an observer than an actor in this work, bodies and red herrings pile up in a satisfying way before all the puzzles are solved. In a departure from most of the Cadfael books, the reader here is female, Roe Kendall. The gender change does not diminish the listener's pleasure; Kendall has a fine touch with accents, and it is easy to tell the characters apart. Recommended for public library collections where works by Peters and historical mysteries are popular. Barbara Rhodes, Northeast Texas Lib. Syst., Garland
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Charmingly and humourously told. TLS --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Always a pleasure! March 2 2000
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
The fourteenth Cadfael book I have read and it was as enjoyable as the first thirteen. I admit that some of the plots have been predictable, but this is easily overlooked because Peters does such an expert job at bringing the 12th century to life, and Cadfael is such an entertaining character.
This particular installment happens to be one of the better mysteries in the series. Like the previous thirteen, it is a well-written and finely crafted story, but there are also some clever surprises. It is a cut above the average Cadfael book, but doesn't quite reach the five star qualities of the first two (Morbid Taste for Bones and One Corpse Too Many) that are true mystery classics.
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The Hermit of Eyton Forest if focused around a young boy named Richard Eaton, who's father recently died from a disease of war. His father place him in the Benedictine Abbey School. The abbot at the abbey says that his father wanted him to be schooled there until he was an adult. His grandmother wants him to come home so she can force him to marry and join his manor with a neighboring one. This starts a mindboggling medievil mystery that everyone should love.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't shy away from this one! Aug. 23 1998
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Many a twist and turn - no one is who they seem. The ending may be too neat and tidy, but still a great cast of characters and Peter's charming telling make this a good read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME!!! June 20 1998
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A wonderful story with a horrid front cover!! Lose the hot pink type on white background, please!!! Egads!
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1.0 out of 5 stars This book was dull, boring had a slow April 17 1999
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Format:Audio Cassette
This book was dull, boring, had a slow start but had a thrilling ending
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