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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Mysterious Press
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892963816
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892963812
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.4 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,980,369 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "rhbouchard" on July 11 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
One of Peters's best plots. Despite Cadfael's absence in the middle of the narrative, this chronicle kept my attention. This is a deeply religious experience as Peters examines some of the origins of Christian dogma through her characters. As always it is Peters's style that sets it above the common mystery. Trurly one of the best of the Cadfael series.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
No heresy to tout this book as one of Peters's best! July 11 1998
By "rhbouchard" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
One of Peters's best plots. Despite Cadfael's absence in the middle of the narrative, this chronicle kept my attention. This is a deeply religious experience as Peters examines some of the origins of Christian dogma through her characters. As always it is Peters's style that sets it above the common mystery. Trurly one of the best of the Cadfael series.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Two for the price of one! March 26 2006
By Joseph Kaiser Canner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
As I was reading this book, I remarked to a friend "how often do you get to read a mystery novel that talks about St. Augustine, infant baptism, co-equality of the Trinity, predestination, and Peripassian heresy?" For those who are not interested in such things, this installment in the Brother Cadefael series might seem somewhat tedious. I for one, however, enjoyed the added intellectual stimulation of the doctrinal controversies.

Aside from the heresy issues, which play a fairly peripheral role in the actual crime in question, this is a fairly standard (by Brother Cadfael standards) murder mystery. As always, romance plays a big role in both the heresy subplot and the murder investigation.

I normally give 4 stars to Brother Cadfael mysteries. I'm giving 5 here for the added value supplied by the heresy issues. Those who have no interest in theology and church history might want to give it a 3.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Heretical leanings May 8 2006
By Beverley Strong - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is the sixteenth chronicle of Brother Cadfael, ex soldier/crusader, herbalist and healer, lately come monk and incorrigibly inquisitive sleuth. Elave is a young man who has accompanied his master, William of Lythwood,to Jerusalem and the East and who followed his instructions to the letter by bringing home his body after death to be buried at the Abbey Of St.Peter and St.Paul. He also brought with him an elaborately carved chest, with unknown contents, as the dowry for William's foster daughter. Before Elave left with his master on his travels, he had filled the position of what would be known today as an accoutant, keeping stocks of the family's money and possessions. This position was filled in his absence by Aldwin, a dour, pessimistic man who is convinced that he'll be discarded now that Elave has returned, and so sets about making trouble for him. Aldwin's murdered body is found and suspicions point to Elave as the killer. At this same time, a very self important Canon of the Church is a visitor at the Abbey and when Elave, somewhat in his cups, is heard making what could be taken as heretical statements on points of Church law, the Canon insists that he be taken before a court of the Church and tried for heresy. Brother Cadfael investigates both claims in his methodical way and, once again, saves the day. Perhaps this story is a little too tied up with points of theology for some readers, but it's still a most enjoyable read for Cadfael fans.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
An enjoyable read on many levels Nov. 23 2012
By Nina M. Osier - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
William of Lythwood died while returning from his pilgrimage to the Holy Land. His young clerk, Elave, has brought his body home to Shrewsbury in 12th Century England, and now Elave seeks to carry out his master's wish for burial on the grounds of the Abbey of St. Peter and St. Paul. Elave also carries out William's wish to turn over to William's foster daughter, Fortunata, a box that contains her dowry. Elave has no idea of the box's contents, and that proves to be important when Aldwin - clerk to William's household during Elave's long absence - is murdered. Aldwin's death comes shortly after he accuses Elave of heresy, an accusation that results in Elave's being seized and imprisoned to await the judgment of the bishop. Did Aldwin deliberately accuse the younger man out of fear that he might lose his position, now that Elave is back in Shrewsbury? And why does Fortunata's box seem lighter, and have a different sound when handled, now than before Elave turned it over to her?

The rigidity of the 12th Century church contrasts throughout this tale with the more realistic and human viewpoints of some of the church's authorities, including Abbot Radulphus and the Abbey's herbalist, Brother Cadfael. Elave sometimes seems a bit too good to be true, and that's also the case with Fortunata; but otherwise the characters are all too human, mingling good and bad in completely realistic fashion. The plot twist at the end worked well, and so did the story's resolution. An enjoyable read on many levels.

--Reviewed by Nina M. Osier, author of 2005 science fiction EPPIE winner "Regs"
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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By D. Webb - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
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