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Ellis Peters
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June 1982 Brother Cadfael Ser
When Gervase Bonel, a guest at the Shrewsbury Abbey, takes ill, Brother Cadfael, an expert herbalist, runs to his side, only to discover that his patient has been poisoned by monk's hood oil taken from Cadfael's own laboratory. Reprint.
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A more attractive and preposessing detective would be hard to find -Sunday Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Ellis Peters was the pseudonym of Edith Pargeter. She wrote twenty chronicles in the Cadfael series, which she produced annually until her death in 1995. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars a parable of forgiveness Aug. 28 2001
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The third book in the Brother Cadfael series, "Monk's Hood," is a powerful parable of forgiveness.
The more I read of this series, the better it gets. I recommend it to anyone.
Historically, I have not been much of a reader of mystery writers. The Chronicles of Brother Cadfael have made me a fan of Ellis Peters's writing. She does not write the one-sided characters that too often fill such books. She consistently surprises me with the depth and realistic humanity of her characters. This is seen most clearly in the "villain" of "Monk's Hood."
Peters's vision of medieval Shrewsbury becomes, like Cadfael and fellow monks, more interesting with each book. It is a perfectly conceived (or reconstructed) world in which to act out her tales.
I am pleased to see Brother Robert's return to a place of prominence within the storyline. He is the perfect personification of pomposity-a delightful foil for the straightforward Cadfael.
I give a heartfelt recommendation to "Monk's Hood" and the whole Cadfael series. Check it out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfectly paced tale of mediaeval intrigue May 28 2001
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"Monk's-Hood" is Ellis Peters' third Brother Cadfael mystery, following nicely on from "One Corpse Too Many". It is set at the close of the year 1138. Almost six months have elapsed since King Stephen's army laid siege to and finally took the English town of Shrewsbury. But, whilst the King may have withdrawn his forces, and departed the town to impress his claim to the English throne on other areas of the Kingdom, murderous deeds are still afoot on the Welsh Marches. And, once again, Brother Cadfael finds himself firmly in the midst of it all.
The tale this time involves the mysterious poisoning of a guest of the Benedictine Abbey of St. Peter and St. Paul, by means, what's more, of one of Brother Cadfael's own healing concoctions. With his own - as well as the Abbey's - honour at stake, Cadfael refuses to let matters lie, especially when the sheriff's somewhat over-zealous sergeant appears to be rather hastily leaping to the wrong conclusion as to who is responsible for the dire deed. To add further complications to the task before our mediaeval sleuth, Cadfael suddenly finds himself confined to the Abbey precincts by a more than usually overweening Prior Robert. As always, though, Cadfael's greater humility and wit (aided somewhat by divine providence) win out in the end, with our hero triumphing over arrogant authority of both secular and cloistered varieties.
Ellis Peters uses her own flawless wit and easy flowing prose to spin an enchanting and compulsive story around the central mystery, although the book is not really of the classic whodunnit mould.
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One nice thing about historical mysteries is that they withstand the test of time so well. The Brother Cadefel series is now well into its third decade but the writing (and the reading) remains fresh and entertaining. This book won the British Silver Dagger (top runner up for best novel) in 1980 and it could still be a contender.
This episode has Cadefel defending the child of his childhood sweetheart after the poisoning of her new husband. We learn a bit more about Cadefel's background - both in Wales and as a Crusader. Hugh Beringer returns as the honest and smart deputy. I also rather liked Cadefel's new assistant, Mark - a monk with spunk. The action takes Cadefel to the Welsh borderlands and it's fun to see him in a new context.
Bottom-line: Not exactly a page-turner but a wonderful read to savor and enjoy over a couple of days.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The third chronicle April 29 2001
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Ellis Peters continues her story of Brother Cadfael in Monk's Hood. Cadfael is at home in Saint Peter and Saint Paul Abbey in Shrewsbury, tending his herb garden and mixing his potions. Unfortunately one of his potions designed to ease the aching body finds its way into a dish served to Gervase Bonel a guest who has donated his land in exchange for lifelong stay at the abbey.
Gervase step son is the top suspect and we are led on a chase through the English countryside in search of this young man. Brother Cadfael once again proves his shrewd insight into human nature and works hard to see that justice is served.
The reader is gifted with an assortment of interesting characters and a trip through the Welsh countryside during the twelfth century. Peters sets the stage for more political maneuverings at the abbey.
This is a lively and entertaining series of mysteries and should appeal to any medieval fan.
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