Generally I love all the Brother Cadfael stories, but I disliked this one. The story line was very weak, with a body showing up in a potter's field and the surrounding story of who it was and how it got there. Central to the story was a man who abandoned his wife to enter the monastery. The monks kept going on about how he did the right thing by following his vocation, but never once mentioned that it was a greater sin to renounce his sacramental marriage vow to become a monk. The identity of the body and how it came to be in the field was finally revealed but by a very weak plot device.
This was definitely the best of all the Brother Cadfael books. I kept looking forward to driving to and from work so I could listen and find out what happened. Brother Cadfael goes off to find his son who is held by Phillip, Robert of Gloucester's son. He manages to secure his release along with that of Yves, his son's brother in law, and befriends Philllip at the same time. This is one of the few books of this series that does not have a pair of star crossed lovers who come together in the end. There is a murder in the story, but it is secondary to the main plot. All in all, a fascinating story, much too short. Stephen Thorne is an excellent narrator, giving just the right amount of individuality to each character.
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