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Fallen Into the Pit (Inspector Felse Mystery #1)

by Ellis Peters

[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...

Flight of a Witch

by Ellis Peters

When Tom Kenyon's investigation into the disappearance of a young girl is linked to Detective Inspector Felse's inquiry into a death, the subsequent search takes the two men along a trail of betrayal, robbery, and murder to a deadly confrontation among the ancient stones of Hallowmount Annet Beck is hauntingly beautiful, which worries her parents so much that they guard her as closely as a prisoner . . . until the rainy Thursday in October when she disappears. Annet is last seen vanishing over the crest of the eerie Hallowmount, a hill said to be the abode of witches. Five days later, she mysteriously reappears, claiming that she was only gone for two hours. Enchanted by her beauty, Annet's parents' lodger Tom Kenyon is determined to find the explanation for her disappearance: Could it be deceit, amnesia, or witchcraft? Tom's amateur investigations lead to nowhere until Detective Inspector George Felse finds cause to connect those missing five days with his inquiry into a death. Flight of a Witch is the 3rd book in the Felse Investigations, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.

Flight of a Witch (Inspector Felse Mystery #3)

by Ellis Peters

[Back of Book] "There is a kind of beauty that produces wolf whistles, and another kind of beauty that creates silence all about it, taking the voices out of men's mouths and the breath out of their throats." Annet Beck's beauty is of the second order and it worries her parents so much that they guard her as closely as a prisoner. . .until the rainy Thursday in October when she disappears. Annet is last seen vanishing over the crest of Hallowmount, a hill in the remote Welsh Country believed to be the domain of witches. Five days later she mysteriously reappears, claiming that she was gone for only two hours. Detective Inspector George Felse doesn't believe in witchcraft, but he does believe in love and he never underestimates its power, especially when it may have led to murder. . .

Funeral of Figaro

by Ellis Peters

When Figaro is killed in a plane crash, it seems nothing can save the London production. A world-class baritone arrives from Europe to take over, then he too is killed - in mid-performance. Detective Inspector Musgrave embarks on a quest to discover who is responsible.

El gorrión del santuario (Fray Cadfael 7)

by Ellis Peters

Los oficios religiosos de Shrewsbury se ven interrumpidos por una turba de exaltados que persigue a Liliwin, un joven músico a quien acusan de espantosos crímenes. Cuando este pide protección y refugio a la abadía, donde deberá permanecer cual gorrión en una jaula, fray Cadfael se decide a probar su inocencia. La investigación dará un giro inesperado tras descubrir que la supuesta víctima de Liliwin sigue con vida...Este nuevo caso enfrentará al monje detective a las pasiones más oscuras del alma humana, donde ningún crimen es tan cruel como el que se comete por amor desesperado.

Grass Widow's Tale

by Ellis Peters

After being ignored on her birthday by both her husband and son, Bunty Felse decides to visit a local pub. At the end of the evening she accepts a lift home from a morose young man who is convinced his life is over. And it may mean Bunty's life is over too. On the eve of her forty-first birthday, Bunty Felse is overcome with depression. The weather is dreary; her only child, Dominic, fails to call with birthday greetings; and her husband, George, arrives home only to announce that he has to leave for London immediately to attend to urgent police business. After almost twenty years as a detective's wife, Bunty doesn't protest or complain; she sends George off with a swiftly packed case. To shake off her black mood, Bunty goes out for a solitary evening walk. She stops at the local pub for a drink and accepts a lift home from a sad young man whose troubles draw her out of her own and makes her feel compelled to help him. But as soon as the car door closes, the driver reveals a dark secret that could lead them both to early graves. Will she manage to escape the mysterious fugitive before it's too late? The Grass Widow's Tale is the 7th book in the Felse Investigations, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.

The Grass Widow's Tale

by Ellis Peters

'Listen to who's talking. I'm not the one who goes hobnobbing with gunmen and such.' Such is Bunty Felse's light-hearted reply to her husband's parting words of caution, as George is called away to London on urgent police business. But left alone in the house, Bunty begins to feel depressed: she will be forty-one tomorrow and feels that, now their son Dominic has grown up, there is nothing left for her to do except grow older. To shake off the black mood, she goes out to the local pub -- where a chance meeting with a distraught stranger proves that her farewell words to George were horribly mistaken. Caught up in a terrifying , situation, Bunty struggles desperately to hold on to the life which earlier stretched out endlessly before her...

The Heretic's Apprentice

by Ellis Peters

Charges of heresy and murder are complicated by the contents of a mysterious treasure chestIn the summer of 1143, William of Lythwood arrives at the Benedictine Abbey of St. Peter and St. Paul, but it is not a joyous occasion--he's come back from his pilgrimage in a coffin. William's body is accompanied by his young attendant Elave, whose mission is to secure a burial place for his master on the abbey grounds, despite William's having once been reprimanded for heretical views. An already difficult task is complicated when Elave drunkenly expresses his own heretical opinions, and capital charges are filed. When a violent death follows, Sheriff Hugh Beringar taps his friend Brother Cadfael for help. The mystery that unfolds grows deeper thanks to a mysterious and marvelous treasure chest in Elave's care.

The Hermit of Eyton Forest

by Ellis Peters

Brother Cadfael's pastoral life is upended by the disappearance of a young boy and the arrival of a saintly hermit The year is 1142, and England is in the grip of civil war. Within the cloisters of the Benedictine Abbey of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, there begins a chain of events no less momentous than the upheavals of the outside world. It starts with the sad demise of Richard Ludel, Lord of Eyton, whose ten-year-old son and heir, also named Richard, is a pupil at the abbey. The boy refuses to surrender his newly inherited powers to Dionysia, his furious, formidable grandmother. A stranger to the region is the hermit Cuthred, who enjoys the protection of Lady Dionysia, and whose young companion, Hyacinth, befriends Richard. Despite his reputation for holiness, Cuthred's arrival heralds a series of mishaps for the monks. When a corpse is found in Eyton forest, Brother Cadfael must devote his knowledge of human nature to tracking down a ruthless murderer.

La hierba maldita

by Ellis Peters

El hospedaje de Gervasio Bonel y su esposa Riquilda turba la apacible existencia de fray Cadfael en la abadia benedictina de Shrewsbury. El monje detective se obstina en esclarecer la muerte del senor de la mansion de Mallilie, envenenado con una mixtura preparada con raiz de aconito por el propio Cadfael. Persuadido de la veracidad del testimonio de su viuda, en quien reconoce a la que fuera el amor de su juventud, fray Cadfel descubre una compleja red de intrigas familiares.

La hierba maldita (Fray Cadfael 3)

by Ellis Peters

El hospedaje de Gervasio Bonel y su esposa, Riquilda, interrumpe la apacible existencia de fray Cadfael en la abadía benedictina de Shrewsbury. El monje detective se obstina en esclarecer la muerte del señor de la mansión de Mallilie, envenenado con una mixtura preparada con raíz de acónito por el propio Cadfael. Su situación se vuelve más comprometida cuando la viuda resulta ser su amor de juventud. Pero será ella quien le dará la clave para desvelar una compleja trama de intrigas familiares.

La hierba maldita (Fray Cadfael 3)

by Ellis Peters

El hospedaje de Gervasio Bonel y su esposa, Riquilda, interrumpe la apacible existencia de fray Cadfael en la abadía benedictina de Shrewsbury. El monje detective se obstina en esclarecer la muerte del señor de la mansión de Mallilie, envenenado con una mixtura preparada con raíz de acónito por el propio Cadfael. Su situación se vuelve más comprometida cuando la viuda resulta ser su amor de juventud. Pero será ella quien le dará la clave para desvelar una compleja trama de intrigas familiares.

The Holy Thief: The Nineteenth Chronicle of Brother Cadfael

by Ellis Peters

Two groups seek refuge from the rain at Brother Cadfael's abbey, bringing with them mystery and mayhem. In the chill, rainy autumn of 1144, two groups of visitors seek the hospitality of the Abbey of St. Peter and St. Paul, and Brother Cadfael fears trouble has come in with them. Among the first arrivals is Brother Tutilo, a young Benedictine with a guileless face and--to Brother Cadfael's shrewd eyes--a mischievous intelligence. The second group, a ribald French troubadour, his servant, and a girl with the voice of an angel, seems to Brother Cadfael a catalyst for disaster. All of Cadfael's fears become manifest as rising floodwaters endanger the abbey's most sacred relic, the remains of Saint Winifred. When the bones disappear and a dead body is found, Brother Cadfael knows carnal and spiritual intrigues are afoot. Now, in a world that believes in signs and miracles, Brother Cadfael needs his prayers answered--as well as some heavenly guidance to crucial clues--to catch a killer hell-bent on murder.

The Horn of Roland

by Ellis Peters

Buried secrets from the Nazi era threaten to destroy an Austrian composer It's been years since Lucas Corinth, world-renowned composer, has set foot in the town of his birth. In that time, Europe has been torn apart by war, but Gries, an exquisite little village nestled deep within the Alps, has not been touched--at least not perceptibly. In this high-altitude paradise, the scars lie just below the surface. As a young man, Corinth worked with the resistance, helping refugees evade the Nazis and escape across the Swiss border. When the operation was discovered, he escaped. His best friend was not so lucky. Back in Gries as the guest of honor for the town's annual music festival, Corinth receives a message: The past has not been forgotten, and vengeance will be exacted. Corinth was born in Gries, and if he's not careful, he'll die there too.

The Horn of Roland

by Ellis Peters

When Lucas Corinth is invited back to the Alpine town of Gries-am-See, it is as a favoured native son. Since his boyhood there during the War, he has become a world-famous conductor and composer and it is fitting that he be guest of honour at the premiere of his new work, The Horn of Roland. But over the celebrations falls the shadow of the past; Corinth's presence provokes bitter memories, memories of occupation, danger, secrecy. And from them springs an implacable threat. In revenge for an act of betrayal, Lucas Corinth's life is at risk.

House of Green Turf

by Ellis Peters

When Maggie Tressider awakes after a car crash convinced she has committed murder, private investigator Francis Killian, along with George and Bunty Felse, attempts to unearth the secrets of Maggie's past World-famous opera singer Maggie Tressider wakes up in a hospital after an accident, haunted by the certainty that she has committed a murder. Her doctor suggests that, with the help of a psychiatrist, she may be able to lay the nameless specter to rest. But Maggie chooses a very different expert to help her unearth the secrets of her past. Her commission launches private investigator Francis Killian on a hunt across Europe in search of a grave. But the trail also leads him to one Bunty Felse, a former colleague of Maggie's, and the wife of Inspector Felse. The successful end of Killian's search is only the beginning of a long pilgrimage--a journey that leads not only back into the past, but also to a remote corner of the Austrian Alps where death awaits. The House of Green Turf is the 8th book in the Felse Investigations, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.

The House of Green Turf

by Ellis Peters

Maggie Tressider, lovely and famous singer, was on her way to a concert when her car skidded on a curve and crashed. She woke up in the hospital, not too seriously hurt but disorientated--and haunted. Haunted by the terrible conviction that somewhere, somehow, in a forgotten corner of her life, she had been the cause of a man's death. Her doctor, understandably, suggested that perhaps a psychiatrist was in order. But Maggie insisted on a private detective. She wanted facts--she was sure of her guilt. This is how Francis Killian came into the picture, and in looking for Maggie's victim (real or imaginary, he wasn't at first sure), he found a great deal more than he had bargained for,

The Knocker on Death's Door

by Ellis Peters

When the late-Gothic, oak door is returned to its rightful place at Mottisham village church, there is a body to go with it A news photographer is found dead at the threshold of the church of Saint Eata, his hand extended to the door's great cast-iron knocker. Surely it is not a coincidence when a second victim is discovered in eerily similar circumstances? Legend holds that sinners who seize the knocker have their hands burned by the cold iron, but Gerry Bracewell didn't die of burns, and neither did the second victim. Did they knock on death's door, or is a more down-to-earth killer at large? Detective Chief Inspector George Felse watched the ceremony to rededicate the door, but little did he know that he would be called back to Mottisham to investigate murder. . . . The Knocker on Death's Door is the 10th book in the Felse Investigations, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.

The Knocker On Death's Door

by Ellis Peters

The knocker hung on a heavy oak door with an aarch, and a curse. Legend held that sinners who seized the knocker had their hands burned by the cold iron. But Gerry Bracewell didn't die of burns.

The Leper of Saint Giles: The Fifth Chronicle of Brother Cadfael

by Ellis Peters

Brother Cadfael must travel to the heart of a leper colony to root out the secret to a savage murder Setting out for the Saint Giles leper colony outside Shrewsbury, Brother Cadfael has more pressing matters on his mind than the grand wedding coming to his abbey. But as fate would have it, Cadfael arrives at Saint Giles just as the nuptial party passes the colony's gates. He sees the fragile bride looking like a prisoner between her two stern guardians and the bridegroom--an arrogant, fleshy aristocrat old enough to be her grandfather. And he quickly discerns this union may be more damned than blessed. Indeed, a savage murder will interrupt the May-December marriage and leave Brother Cadfael with a dark, terrible mystery to solve. For the key to the killing--and a secret--are hid among the lepers of Saint Giles. Now Brother Cadfael's skills must ferret out a sickness, not of the body, but of a twisted soul.

El leproso de Saint-Giles (Fray Cadfael 5)

by Ellis Peters

En la abadía de Shrewsbury se van a celebrar unos lujosos esponsales entre un noble y una hermosa joven. Su unión es fruto de un acuerdo que resulta muy satisfactorio para su tutor y el futuro marido, un hombre arrogante y desagradable, pero una injusticia para la rica heredera.Sin embargo, los preparativos quedarán interrumpidos a raíz de un brutal asesinato. Con su singular perspicacia, fray Cadfael se enfrentará a un caso cuyo desenlace sorprenderá a los lectores... y al propio monje detective.

The Mammoth Book of Historical Whodunnits

by Mike Ashley Ellis Peters

This highly entertaining collection, with a Foreword by the creator of the astonishingly successful Brother Cadfael books, combines in that fascinating genre of crime fiction epitomized by The Name of the Rose. Features Peter Tremayne, Paul Harding, Edward D. Hoch, and others.

Un misterio excelente (Fray Cadfael 11)

by Ellis Peters

En verano de 1141, Inglaterra todavía se debate en la contienda civil provocada por el rey Esteban y la emperatriz Matilde en su disputa por el trono. Las consecuencias de la guerra llegan hasta la abadía de Hyde Mead, que queda destruida. Sus monjes se han dispersado por todas partes. Dos de ellos buscan refugio en Shrewsbury: fray Humilis, que ha abandonado sus planes de boda para hacerse religioso, y Fidelis, su leal servidor. Nicolás, el antiguo escudero de Humilis, deseoso de cortejar a la doncella con la que este se había prometido, decide pedirle su bendición. Se desencadena así una tragedia a la que solo fray Cadfael podrá poner fin; él es el único que podrá distinguir entre inocente y culpable, e identificar a unas víctimas que han sido condenadas por las exigencias del honor, el amor y el destino.

Monk's Hood: The Third Chronicle of Brother Cadfael

by Ellis Peters

Brother Cadfael is confounded when his own potion is used to kill his former love's new husband Gervase Bonel is a guest of Shrewsbury Abbey of Saint Peter and Saint Paul when he suddenly takes ill. Luckily, the abbey boasts the services of the clever and kindly Brother Cadfael, a skilled herbalist. Cadfael hurries to the man's bedside, only to be confronted with two surprises: In Master Bonel's wife, the good monk recognizes Richildis, whom he loved before he took his vows--and Master Bonel has been fatally poisoned by monk's-hood oil from Cadfael's stores. The sheriff is convinced that the murderer is Richildis's son, Edwin, who hated his stepfather. But Cadfael, guided in part by his concern for a woman to whom he was once betrothed, is certain of her son's innocence. Using his knowledge of both herbs and the human heart, Cadfael deciphers a deadly recipe for murder.

A Morbid Taste for Bones: The First Chronicle of Brother Cadfael

by Ellis Peters

On an expedition to acquire a saint's remains, Brother Cadfael instead finds intrigue and murder It is 1137, and the ambitious head of Shrewsbury Abbey wishes to acquire the remains of Saint Winifred for the glory of his Benedictine order. Brother Cadfael is part of the expedition sent to the saint's final resting place in Wales, where he finds the villagers divided over the Benedictines' quest. When the leading opponent to moving the grave is shot dead with a mysterious arrow, some believe Winifred herself delivered the blow. Brother Cadfael knows that an earthly hand did the killing. But he doesn't know that his plan to root out a murderer may dig up a case of love and justice, where the waves of sin may be scandal--or his own ruin.

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