Fray Cadfael se ve envuelto en una compleja trama en la que se entrelazan un tesoro misterioso, un asesinato y una sentencia por herejía. Verano de 1143. Dos ilustres visitantes llegan a la abadía de Shrewsbury. El poderoso prelado Gerberto aparece rodeado de gran pompa; el caballero Guillermo de Lythwood lo hace en un ataúd, escoltado por su servidor Elave. Su misión es conseguir que su señor sea enterrado en el recinto de la abadía pero, al parecer, la reputación de Guillermo estaba en entredicho por algunas opiniones heréticas. Gerberto aprovecha la oportunidad para oponerse a la inhumación. Su negativa encuentra apoyo al descubrirse que Elave también ha expresado opiniones que se podrían considerar heterodoxas, debido al testimonio de Fortunata, una doncella enamorada de Elave. Y, por si fuera poco, se produce un violento asesinato... Fray Cadfael se ve obligado, una vez más, a asumir el papel de detective y resolver el caso.
Como cada año, mercaderes de todas partes llegan en tropel a Shrewsbury para asistir a la feria de San Pedro. Viajan desde Francia, Flandes y Alemania en busca de nuevos negocios. Pero la animación y la alegría de este evento se desvanecen cuando aparece el cadáver de un famoso comerciante en el recinto ferial. Fray Cadfael inicia una investigación que se convertirá en una carrera a contrarreloj en la que también deberá salvar la vida de una joven en peligro.
When Louis Stevenson is found guilty of murder, he leaves the dock loudly proclaiming his innocence. And he delivers, too, a chilling invitation to the four men responsible for his conviction: 'You four, I summon to meet me at the time appointed, at the Assize of the Dying' The meaning of the sinister words becomes clear almost immediately with two unexpected deaths. And a young couple, convinced that an innocent man has been wrongly condemned, determine to unmask the real murderer--before he strikes again... Murder is committed, too, in 'Aunt Helen', a story of blind obsession and psychological suspense that starts with what looks suspiciously like the perfect crime... Two vintage tales of murder most foul from the bestselling pen of Ellis Peters.
Detective Inspector George Felse is called upon to investigate the disappearance of two members of a musical gathering Singers and musicians are gathered for a weekend course in folk music at the impressive neo-Gothic country mansion Follymead. Most come only to sing or to listen, but one or two have nonmusical scores to settle. When brilliantly talented Liri Palmer sings "Black, black, black is the colour of my true-love's heart," she clearly has a message for someone in the audience. And as passions run high, there is murder brewing at Follymead. Among the music students are Dominic Felse and his girlfriend, Theodosia. When not one, but two, members of the group go missing from the hall, Dominic calls upon his father, Detective Inspector George Felse, to help him solve this most perplexing mystery. Black Is the Colour of My True Love's Heart is the 6th book in the Felse Investigations, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
[Back Cover] Various singers and musicians are gathered for a folk music course that will occupy a weekend in the fantastic country mansion called Follymead. Most come only to sing or to listen, but one or two have non musical scores to settle. When brilliantly talented Liri Palmer sings: 'Black, black, black is the colour of my true-love's heart! His tongue is like a poisoned dart, The coldest eyes and the lewdest hands...' she clearly has a message for one of the audience. Passions run high; there is murder brewing at Follymead. Among the music students are Tossa Barber and her boyfriend Dominic Felse. When disaster strikes, Dominic can privately enlist the aid of his father, Detective Inspector George Felse, to unravel the tangle Of events.
To save his estranged son, Brother Cadfael risks breaking his monastic vowsFor Brother Cadfael in the autumn of his life, the mild November of our Lord's year 1145 may bring a bitter--and deadly--harvest. England is torn between supporters of the Empress Maud and those of her cousin Stephen. The civil strife is about to jeopardize not only Cadfael's life, but his hopes of Heaven. While Cadfael has sometimes bent the abbey's rules, he has never broken his monastic vows--until now. Word has come to Shrewsbury of a treacherous act that has left thirty of Maud's knights imprisoned. All have been ransomed except Cadfael's secret son, Olivier de Bretagne. Conceived in Cadfael's soldiering youth and unaware of his father's identity, Olivier will die if he is not freed. Like never before, Cadfael must boldly defy the abbot. The good brother forsakes the order to follow his heart--but what he finds will challenge his soul.
Agosto de 1138. Son tiempos de confusión y desorden. Inglaterra está sumida en la anarquía y la brutalidad mientras el rey Esteban y la emperatriz Matilde se enfrentan por el trono. Familias y amigos quedan divididos por la contienda, y se emprenden acciones oscuras en nombre de un bando u otro.Tras la caída del castillo de Shrewsbury, fray Cadfael es llamado para dar cristiana sepultura a los noventa y cuatro soldados rebeldes ejecutados por orden del rey. Pero cuando hace el recuento encuentra un cadáver de más... que le pone sobre la pista de un asesino tan cruel como escurridizo.
Agosto de 1143. El campo del alfarero, que ha pasado por permuta a la propiedad de la abadía de San Pedro y San Pablo, comienza a ser arado por los monjes. De golpe, la reja topa con un macabro resto: una trenza de pelo que corresponde a una mujer fallecida, enterrada tiempo atrás. El alfarero que habitó en aquel campo es ahora monje de la abadía. Se trata de fray Rualdo, que abandonó a su bella mujer instando por su vocación; de ella nunca más se supo. ¿Serán suyos los restos del campo del alfarero? Sulien, un novicio no muy convencido, miembro de la familia que había sido antigua propietaria del campo, despeja cualquier duda: la ex mujer de Rualdo continúa viva. Pero el interés de Sulien por el caso resulta sospechoso. Fray Cadfael, con su perspicacia y conocimiento del alma humana, deberá desvelar los secretos que esconde el joven.
Detective Inspector George Felse investigates a death and a disappearance both linked to mystery whose roots go back to ancient Roman times When archaeologist Alan Morris disappears in Turkey, his great-niece, Charlotte, regrets never having gotten to know him better. In an attempt to better understand him, Charlotte begins reading the books he wrote. One of them leads her to visit the Roman site of Aurae Phiala on the Welsh border--the last place her great-uncle worked before leaving for Turkey. But when Charlotte arrives, she finds more than just a few old stones. . . . First there is a charming young man, coincidentally staying at the same hotel, who is very insistent on being her guide. Then a troublesome schoolboy disappears and a corpse is found. Detective Chief Inspector George Felse is called in to solve a case with origins in ancient Rome. City of Gold and Shadows is the 12th book in the Felse Investigations, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
When Alan Morris disappears, his great-niece Charlotte regrets never having got to know her archaeologist great-uncle better. And, in an attempt to remedy that deficiency, she goes to visit the Roman site of Aurae Phiala, on the Welsh border, that he had spent so much time investigating. When she gets there, Charlotte finds more than just a few old stones ... First there is a charming young man, coincidentally staying in the same hotel, who is very insistent on being her guide. Then a troublesome schoolboy disappears and a corpse is found. And George Felse finds himself having to solve a mystery whose roots go back to ancient Roman times ... Once more, Ellis Peters brings to bear her passion for the complexities of history in a satisfyingly baffling whodunnit.
Shrewsbury, invierno de 1142. Una fuerte nevada daña los tejados de la hospedería de la abadía de San Pedro y San Pablo. Mientras los monjes reparan los daños, fray Aluino resbala y cae. Sus heridas son graves y auguran un desenlace fatal. Al ver la muerte tan cercana, decide confesar al abad y a fray Cadfael su más oscuro secreto, una inicua historia plagada de pecados de difícil perdón por parte de Dios y por parte del hombre. Milagrosamente, fray Aluino se recupera y realiza un viaje de expiación acompañado por fray Cadfael. Pero este arduo peregrinaje conduce a una serie de atroces descubrimientos: amantes contrariados, engaño y traición, venganza... y asesinato.
When a monk survives a tragic injury, he enlists Brother Cadfael to help him right the wrongs revealed in his deathbed confessionWinter arrived early in 1142, bringing with it a heavy snowfall. The safety of the guest-hall roof at the Benedictine Abbey of St. Peter and St. Paul comes into jeopardy, and the brothers are called upon to effect repairs. But the icy and treacherous conditions are to prove near fatal for Brother Haluin. He slips from the roof and crashes to the ground, sustaining terrible injuries--grave enough for him to want to make his deathbed confession. The confession is heard by the abbot and Brother Cadfael; a wicked story, of trespasses hard for God or man to forgive. But Haluin does not die. On his recovery, he determines to make a journey of expiation, with Cadfael as his sole companion. It is an arduous journey, physically and emotionally, and one that leads to some shocking discoveries.
Invierno de 1141, Natividad del Señor. El padre Ailnoth llega de Londres escoltado por una sirvienta y su sobrino para convertirse en sacerdote de la Santa Cruz, conocida también como la Barbacana. Poco después aparece ahogado en el estanque del molino. La sospecha recae en Benito, el joven que lo acompañaba y que había sido enviado a trabajar en el huerto de fray Cadfael. Este, convencido de su inocencia, se encargará de desenredar la compleja trama que oculta la clave del misterio.
Brother Cadfael must intervene when a prisoner exchange is interrupted by love and murderIn February of 1141, men march home from war to Shrewsbury, but the captured sheriff Gilbert Prestcote is not among them. Elis, a young Welsh prisoner, is delivered to the Abbey of Saint Peter and Saint Paul to begin a tale that will test Brother Cadfael's sense of justice--and his heart. By good fortune, it seems, the prisoner can be exchanged as Sheriff Prestcote's ransom. What no one expects is that good-natured Elis will be struck down by cupid's arrow. The sheriff's own daughter holds him in thrall, and she, too, is blind with passion. But regaining her father means losing her lover. The sheriff, ailing and frail, is brought to the abbey's infirmary--where he is murdered. Suspicion falls on the prisoner, who has only his Welsh honor to gain Brother Cadfael's help. And Cadfael gives it, not knowing the truth will be a trial for his own soul.
When the woman he loves is accused of murder, Dominic Felse sets out to find the true culprit<P><P> Is a vulgarity ground for murder? Alfred Armiger had antagonized many with his greed and crass acquisitiveness. So when the ruthless beer baron is discovered dead, his head beaten in by a magnum of champagne, there is no shortage of suspects.<P> All of Comerford is shocked when Detective George Felse arrests Kitty Norris, the daughter of a rival beer baron, the last person to see Armiger alive, and the main beneficiary of his will. But Kitty, charming and popular, has an unexpected advocate in Felse's young son, Dominic, who has fallen in love with her. Passionately convinced of Kitty's innocence, Dominic sets out to find the true culprit, a hazardous undertaking that could cost him his life.<P> Death and the Joyful Woman is the 2nd book in the Felse Investigations, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.<P> Edgar Allen Poe Award Winner
A student recruits his tutor to help him investigate his father's murder The moment Evelyn Manville enlists in the British Army, his thoughts turn to Dorothy Grieve. He's loved her since they were children, and now he can finally ask her to be his wife. But when she refuses, the heartbroken Evelyn flees to the fringes of the British empire, and doesn't return to London for sixteen years. He's been home just three hours before he runs into his former love, and his old feelings come flooding back. This time, however, she has a proposal for him. A newly minted widow, Dorothy has been left alone to care for Crispin, a son she hardly knows. Desperate for help, she invites Evelyn to come to the country and act as the young boy's tutor. But Evelyn will soon find that Crispin believes his father was murdered--and discovering the truth could break Evelyn's heart all over again.
When archaeologist Bruce Almond is killed on a dig in Greece, his son Crispin returns to Somerset and a mother he barely knows. Convinced his father's death was no accident, Crispin believes even his mother is not free from suspicion, so he baits a clever trap to lure the murderer out of hiding.
Landlords the world over are not the most popular people, and there is little mourning when the greedy, ruthless Mahendralal Bakhle is blown up in his boat on the beautiful Periyar Lake. Suspicion falls on the boat-boy who died with him, but Dominic Felse, one of a party of young tourists accidentally involved in the fatality, is not convinced of the boy's guilt. And when they move on it seems that the terror is still pursuing them. Violence and death erupt yet again in the home of a very different landowner, where Dominic and his friends are guests, and follow them relentlessly south to the very tip of India, where Dominic and the Swami Premanathanand, a man of peace, unravel a deadly Indian rope trick of hatred and murder.
While on vacation in India, Dominic Felse investigates the violent deaths of two landowners Landlords are never popular, and there is little mourning when the greedy, ruthless Mahendralal Bakhle is blown up on his boat on the beautiful Periyar Lake. Suspicion falls on the boat-boy who died with him, but Dominic Felse, one of a party of young tourists visiting the landlord's game reserve, is not convinced of the boy's guilt. And when the party moves on to the next destination, the terror pursues all the way to the southernmost tip of India. The police blame local terrorists targeting wealthy landlords, but what would that have to do with a group of innocent travelers? To get to the bottom of this trail of violence, Dominic Felse must unravel a deadly Indian rope trick of hatred and murder. Death to the Landlords is the 11th book in the Felse Investigations, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
When a troubled novice is blamed for the disappearance of a priest, Brother Cadfael seeks to save his soul--and his lifeOutside the pale of the Abbey of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, in September of 1140, a priestly emissary for King Stephen has been reported missing. But inside the pale, what troubles Brother Cadfael is a proud, secretive nineteen-year-old novice. Brother Cadfael has never seen two men more estranged than the Lord of Aspley and Meriet, the son he coldly delivers to the abbey to begin a religious vocation. Meriet, meek by day, is so racked by dreams at night that his howls earn him the nickname "the Devil's Novice." Shunned and feared, Meriet is soon linked to the missing priestly emissary's dreadful fate. Only Brother Cadfael believes in Meriet's innocence, and only the good sleuth can uncover the truth before a boy's pure passion, not evil intent, leads a novice to the noose.
La primera historia de la apasionante serie sobre fray Cadfael, el monje detective, creada por la escritora británica Ellis Peters. Siglo XII, Inglaterra. Fray Cadfael lleva una existencia sencilla como encargado del herbario de la abadía benedictina de Shrewsbury. Sin embargo, su plácida rutina se ve truncada cuando el ambicioso prior Roberto decide hacerse con las reliquias de santa Winifreda. La experiencia mundana de fray Cadfael será la pieza clave para destapar un crimen terrible que parece irresoluble.
Año de 1142. Toda Inglaterra está desolada por la guerra civil. En la abadía de San Pedro y San Pablo también surge un conflicto interno. Tras la muerte de Ricardo Ludel, señor de Eyton, su hijo de diez años, alumno de la abadía y también llamado Ricardo, se convierte en su sucesor. Su abuela, Dionisia, trata de imponerle un matrimonio de conveniencia al que él se resiste. Entretanto, la llegada a la abadía del ermitaño Cutredo, hasta entonces establecido en el bosque de Eyton, coincide con una serie de desdichas que afectan a la vida de los monjes, y se empieza a temer que estas sean consecuencia de la ira divina. Pero fray Cadfael pronto averiguará que son obra de un despiadado asesino.
Two monks seeking refuge bring with them a troubling mystery that will test Brother Cadfael's beliefsIn the year of our Lord 1141, August comes in golden as a lion, and two monks ride into the Benedictine Abbey of Saint Peter and Saint Paul bringing with them disturbing news of war--and a mystery. The strangers tell how the strife between the Empress Maud and King Stephen has destroyed the town of Winchester and their priory. Now Brother Humilis, who is handsome, gaunt, and very ill, and Brother Fidelis, youthful, comely--and totally mute--must seek refuge at Shrewsbury. From the moment he meets them, Brother Cadfael senses something deeper than common vows binds these two good brothers. What the link is he can only guess. What it will lead to is beyond his imagining. As Brother Humilis's health fails--and nothing can stop death's lengthening shade--Brother Cadfael faces a poignant test of his discretion and his beliefs as he unravels a secret so great it can destroy a life, a future, and a holy order.
When an obnoxious Nazi landworker is murdered in the small village of Comerford, Sergeant George Felse faces one of the toughest investigations of his career It is 1952, and the shadow of World War II still lies over the green fields of the small village of Comerford on the Welsh borders. When ex-prisoner of war Helmut Schauffler is murdered, local policeman Sergeant George Felse has his work cut out: Schauffler was Nazi to the core and the majority of the villagers had good reason to despise him. Sergeant Felse's fourteen-year-old son, Dominic--who found Schauffler's body in a shallow brook--is fascinated by the case. Much to his father's disapproval, he resolves to find the murderer--a decision that places his own life in great danger. . . . Fallen Into the Pit is the 1st book in the Felse Investigations, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
[Back Cover] All the school boys of Comerford look up to Chad Wedderburn, a classics master who was a hero of the Resistance in World War II. But they are puzzled by his unwavering stand against all violence. And when he is blamed for the brutal murder of a former German prisoner of war who settled in this remote Shropshire town, none of them believe he did it. Policeman George Felse is also deeply troubled by this killing. His son Dominic discovered the body, and now the boy is doggedly pursuing clues in the isolated countryside to clear his teacher. As young Felse digs deeper, his father feels a mounting pressure. For Inspector Felse knows all too well that Dominic is playing with fire, and that he must close the case quickly-before the killer teaches them both a lesson in murder...
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