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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As a favour to his girlfriend Tossa's beautiful but erratic filmstar mother, Dominic Felse agrees to escort a teenage heiress to her father in India. But travelling with the spoilt, precocious Anjili is no sinecure - and the task of delivering her back to her family proves less than easy. Dominic and Tossa find themselves embroiled in a mystery that swiftly and shockingly becomes a murder investigation. For behind the colourful, smiling mask of India that the tourist sees is another country - remote, mysterious - and often shatteringly brutal...
When Alf picked up the hitch-hiker, he seemed perfect as a stand-in for the horrific crime Alf was about to commit. But by luck William is saved from Alf's plan and someone else is killed in his place, this leads to a tangle of mistaken identity and an unsolved bank robbery from many years ago.
(This book was also published under the title: Who Lies Here?) (From back of book) "Shed here no tears. No Saint could die More Blessed and Comforted than I." So read the epitaph composed by Morwenna Treverra centuries ago as she followed her beloved husband, Jan, into death. The couple have been together ever since, models of pious content, in the little seaside Saxon church near the village of Maymouth. But when curious scholars arrange to open Jan Treverra's tomb, it yields not one body but two. . . and neither one of them is Jan Treverra. Detective Inspector George Felse happens to be on holiday nearby; indeed, he helped to open the crypt and reveal its all too modern contents. Now, from an ancient grave, a mystery unfolds; a trail of violence in Maymouth's history that casts shadows centuries long...
En el otoño de 1140, la abadía benedictina de Shrewsbury se ve conmocionada por la llegada de Meriet, un novicio cuyo extraño comportamiento parece consecuencia de una posesión demoníaca. De manera paralela se descubre el cadáver misteriosamente carbonizado de un alto jerarca eclesiástico. Se trata de dos hechos sin aparente conexión entre sí, aunque tal vez están relacionados de alguna forma siniestra y oscura... Meriet, el llamado «novicio del diablo», es acusado del crimen, y Fray Cadfael, convencido de su inocencia, intentará resolver el caso con su inteligencia y su sagacidad habituales.
When Shrewsbury Castle falls, Brother Cadfael discovers a murder mystery amid the wreckage In the summer of 1138, war between King Stephen and the Empress Maud takes Brother Cadfael from the quiet world of his garden into a battlefield of passions, deceptions, and death. Not far from the safety of the abbey walls, Shrewsbury Castle falls, leaving its ninety-four defenders loyal to the empress to hang as traitors. With a heavy heart, Brother Cadfael agrees to bury the dead, only to make a grisly discovery: one extra victim that has been strangled, not hanged. This ingenious way to dispose of a corpse tells Brother Cadfael that the killer is both clever and ruthless. But one death among so many seems unimportant to all but the good Benedictine. He vows to find the truth behind disparate clues: a girl in boy's clothing, a missing treasure, and a single broken flower . . . the tiny bit of evidence that Cadfael believes can expose a murderer's black heart.
Invierno de 1145. El equilibrio de fuerzas entre el rey Esteban y la emperatriz Matilde pone de manifiesto la necesidad de buscar una solución negociada al conflicto que los enfrenta. Para ello se convoca una reunión en Coventry el último día de noviembre.Fray Cadfael pide licencia a su abad, Radulfo, para asistir a la reunión, aunque no le mueve un interés político sino humano. Debe encontrar a Oliveros de Bretaña, un joven caballero que ha sido apresado por las tropas del rey y que ahora corre un peligro mortal... Y es que Oliveros es su hijo secreto, concebido cuando Cadfael no era más que un joven soldado.En Coventry, para su decepción, no logra averiguar su paradero, pero sí hace un descubrimiento preocupante: no todo el mundo está a favor de la paz, existen poderosas fuerzas que se benefician del sufrimiento de muchos y un aura de violencia reprimida preside las reuniones. El instinto paternal y el sentido del deber como hombre de bien luchan en el alma de fray Cadfael, que deberá poner en tensión toda su energía, tenacidad e inteligencia para conseguir su doble propósito: servir a la causa de la paz y proteger el más profundo de sus afectos terrenales.
Mayo de 1141. La guerra civil ha dejado tras de sí un legado de violencia. Pero, a pesar de esos tiempos tempestuosos, llegan peregrinos desde muy lejos para celebrar el cuarto aniversario del traslado de las reliquias de santa Winifreda a la abadía benedictina de Shrewsbury. En la lejana Winchester, un caballero, partidario de la emperatriz Matilde y querido amigo de fray Cadfael, ha sido asesinado; un hecho sin aparente relación con los que buscan curaciones milagrosas por mediación de la santa. Sin embargo, algunos extraños personajes de la muchedumbre llaman la atención de Cadfael. Quizá el asesino se encuentra entre los desamparados.
Amid a flood of pilgrims seeking solace in a saintly celebration, Brother Cadfael seeks the killer of a dear friend. In the year of our Lord 1141, civil war over England's throne leaves a legacy of violence--and the murder of a knight dear to Brother Cadfael. And with gentle bud-strewn May, a flood of pilgrims comes to the celebration of Saint Winifred at the Abbey of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, carrying with it many strange souls--and perhaps the knight's killer. Brother Cadfael's shrewd eyes see all: the prosperous merchant who rings false, an angelic lame boy, his beautiful dowerless sister, and two wealthy penitents. In the name of justice Cadfael decides to uncover the strange and twisted tale that accompanies these travelers. Instead he unearths a quest for vengeance, witnesses a miracle, and finds himself on a razor's edge between death and the absolution of love.
When Herbert Terrell falls off a mountain during a vacation in Czechoslovakia, accidental death is the verdict. Then his step-daughter Tossa receives a note suggesting Terrell was murdered--turning Tossa's long-planned European holiday with college friends into a hunt for the killer.
The gifting of a field to the Benedictine abbey goes from generous to ghastly when plows turn up a hastily buried bodyWhen a newly plowed field recently given to the Benedictine Abbey of Saint Peter and Saint Paul yields the body of a young woman, Brother Cadfael is quickly thrown into a delicate situation. The field was once owned by a local potter named Ruald, who had abandoned his beautiful wife, Generys, to take monastic vows. Generys was said to have gone away with a lover, but now it seems as if she had been murdered. With the arrival at the abbey of young Sulien Blount, a novice fleeing homeward from the civil war raging in East Anglia, the mysteries surrounding the corpse start to multiply.
[Back of book] Miss de la Pole drained her glass and rose to set a good example, drawing her black shawl round her shoulders. "He won't do, you know," she said with inexorable gentleness; and having pronounced her oracle, as gently and decidedly withdrew, leaving them room either for comment or for silence. As it turned out, no one had anything to object, or to add. In a whirlwind of activity, wealthy newcomer Arthur Rainbow extravagantly refurbishes the Manor House, joins the Golf Club, Angling Society and Arts Council-and, in a ruthless coup, dislodges the old church organist to take over the position himself. Rainbow was becoming a veritable curse on the sleepy village of Middlehope-until someone pushed him off St. Eata's church tower. The news causes very little surprise or sorrow to the villagers-but much speculation as to who the murderer could be. After all, there are so many candidates-from his young, beautiful, flirtatious wife to the usurped organist and his mutinous choir. It falls upon Superintendent George Felse, newly promoted head of the Midshire CID, to follow the twisted path to Rainbow's end.
Three vintage tales reveal how a former crusader became literature's greatest mystery-solving monk<P> Brother Cadfael sprang to life suddenly and unexpectedly when he was already approaching sixty, mature, experienced, fully armed and seventeen years tonsured." So writes Ellis Peters in her introduction to A Rare Benedictine--three vintage tales of intrigue and treachery featuring the monastic sleuth who has become the best-loved ecclesiastical detective since Father Brown. Although Cadfael has appeared in twenty novel-length chronicles, the story of his entry into the monastery at Shrewsbury has been known hitherto only to a few readers. Now his myriad fans can discover the chain of events that led him into the Benedictine Order.
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