Morbid Taste for Bones Audio Cassette – Audiobook, May 1990
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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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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.
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!
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
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.
Most recent customer reviews
Brother Cadfael is one of those characters you can never forget. He is a monk in the 1100s who solves murders. He has an amazing worldly grasp of humanity.Published 5 months ago by Bootsy Bass
This is one of the best mystery stories I've ever read. Ellis Peters creates a world in which we can immerse ourselves, the world of medieval Wales and the border country it... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Sharon E. Leighton
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. Read morePublished on Oct. 27 2007 by Bernie
I've read the first five books in this series and I love them all! A Morbid Taste for Bones may not even be the best of them, but do read the stories in order, there are a few... Read morePublished on May 22 2002
story was set during mediaeval
times, in an atmosphere involving
Benedictine monks and Christian
liturgical practice, I detected no love on the... Read more
Life is full of twists and turns...and so is "A Morbid Taste for Bones." This "First Chronicle of Brother Cadfael" is the first book in a long series of... Read morePublished on July 7 2001 by NotATameLion
Having read one or two Cadfaels before, I decided it would be far better to try and read the 20 volumes in order, both to increase the sense of storyline and allow myself the... Read morePublished on July 2 2001
I am generally not a fan of mystery novels, because so many of them are so poorly written. The Cadfael books, in contrast, are masterfully written, delightful mysteries. Read morePublished on June 14 2001
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