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Morbid Taste for Bones Audio Cassette – Audiobook, May 1990

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Product Details

  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Chivers Audio Books; Library edition edition (May 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0745161871
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745161877
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 15.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews
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'Brother Cadfael must surely become a cult figure of crime fiction' -- Financial Times 'A gentle plod at the rich stirrup of history' -- Observer --This text refers to an alternate Audio Cassette edition.

About the Author

Ellis Peters is a pseudonym of Edith Pargeter, author of historical novels such as The Heaven Tree Trilogy. Under the name of Ellis Peters she wrote crime fiction including The Chronicles of Brother Cadfael and a more "modern" detective, Detective Chief Inspector George False. Ellis Peters won many distinguished writing awards including an Edgar Award, the Silver Dagger Award and the Cartier Diamond Dagger Award of the Crime Writers Association. She lived in Shropshire, England. --This text refers to an alternate Audio Cassette edition.


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The first in a beloved and popular series by Ellis Peters. This is excellent historical fiction, well-written with a wry sense of humour and impeccable period detail seamlessly written into the narrative.

A Morbid Taste for Bones sets the tone for the series, in this case Brother Cadfael's intelligent and deft hand unravelling the deception of a fellow monk, and the obsessive machinations of another, all the while bringing justice to the Welsh village his order have all but invaded.

A great read for any age. Timeless. Memorable.
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This novel is one of two by Ellis Peters about the medieval detective Cadfael that I've now read. But I'm hooked! In this first volume of the extensive Brother Cadfael series, the medieval crime sleuth is part of a quest of monks pursuing the bones of saint Winifred from Welsh soil, a quest commissioned by the blessed lady herself in an apparent vision to Brother Columbanus. But the town which houses Winifred's body doesn't want to give up her blessed bones so easily, and the peaceful mission is soon disturbed by the murder of the leader of the town. Suspects abound, including two suitors to his beautiful daughter, both of whom could benefit from his murder. Is the arrow in his body really from the daughter's true love, or has the other suitor tried to frame him? And are all the monks themselves beyond suspicion? Only Cadfael with his humble yet brilliant mind can unravel the truth, and come with a remarkable solution that ties up all the loose ends. The twists of the story-line are so ingenious they rival and perhaps surpass the efforts of most best-selling thrillers today.
Peters' command of the English language is outstanding, as is her precise portrait of medieval times. Although the religious aspect forms the fabric on which the novel is painted, the real concern is with characterization and intrigue. The tale is cloaked in constant talk of the supernatural, but Peters actually offers a novel that is more psychological than religious, and it is by applying the principles of reason rather than religion that Cadfael discovers the truth. The intriguing element of mystery that makes detective Cadfael's presence essential to the plot clinches this novel as a romping success. If you enjoy mystery, as well as a writer's ability to make excellent use of the English language with colourful descriptions, you are sure to enjoy this book. And chances are, like me you won't be able to stop after reading volume 1!
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An English monastery's plan to bring back the bones of a Welsh saint runs into a deadly complication in this undemanding mystery. The setting, medieval England and Wales in the early 12th Century, is no obstacle to enjoying the stroy since the author provides all the historical background and the reader need only supply a little imagination. I found "Bones" worth my while largely because of the vivid characterizations and the way it brings the Middle Ages to life. One detail I especially liked was that Brother Cadfael had no regrets about his former life as a soldier in the Crusades. Quick take: While it keeps your attention, "Bones" won't make you stay up half the night to finish it.
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As with many books or stories that we get involve with, the characters and their relationships to others in the environment is an important as the mystery. Ellis Peters (Edith Pargeter) strikes a balance between the characters, history and the mystery. Sprinkled throughout is faith, and a chance that they (the monks) may be correct in the explanation of saints and how the world works.

The external environment is the ongoing 11th century civil war between English King Stephen and his sister the Empress Maude. We also have references to the different societies as they travel to Wales. These become more relevant as the series progresses.

The inward struggle between faith and power is depicted as an individual monk is persuaded or wants to be persuaded to go on a mission to retrieve a neglected saint "St. Winifred." She lies in Wales and it happens that Brother Cadfael has a Welsh background, so he is charged with supporting the mission.

If you saw the movie you will immediately see the differences between it and he book. One main point is the fact that the monk was cured before the trip. The best difference is reviled with the detection and solution to the mystery.

One Corpse Too Many: The Second Chronicle of Brother Cadfael
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This story takes place in Britain toward the middle of the 12the century, less than a hundred years after the Norman Conquest, so the several groups involved have not had time or chance to assimilate into what we know as the British People.
Right from the first few pages the reader is captivated by the author's character description and analysis in terms of ethnic origin. The Welsh are innocent, hard-working and faithful. Normans are arrogant, duplicitous, cunning and effete. Saxons are sober, vigorous, reflective and intelligent.
Seeking to improve its status among the faithful and fill its coffers, an English Benedictine monastery sends a delegation of monks to a Welsh village to bring back the bones of Saint Winifred. Her relics are sure to turn the monastery into a center of pilgrimage.
But the villagers are not anxious to relinquish the bones of the maiden saint who has protected them for so long. The leader of the opposition is murdered while the monks are still in the village trying to convince them. Most the the remainder of the plot is occupied with solving the crime and restoring peace to the village. Brother Cadfael, the level-headed monk who accumulated plenty of worldly experience before entering monastic life, is the Benedictine who functions as detective.
This book can be recommended to just about anyone, but especially to those who enjoy stories set in the Middle Ages.
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