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One Corpse Too Many: The Second Chronicle of Brother Cadfael | [Ellis Peters]

One Corpse Too Many: The Second Chronicle of Brother Cadfael

When the castle of Shrewsbury is taken during the war between Empress Maud and King Stephen, 94 prisoners are taken, 94 are hanged. When Brother Cadfael arrives to perform the burial rites, he finds one corpse too many among the bodies stacked about the fortress.
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When the castle of Shrewsbury is taken during the war between Empress Maud and King Stephen, 94 prisoners are taken, 94 are hanged. When Brother Cadfael arrives to perform the burial rites, he finds one corpse too many among the bodies stacked about the fortress. Cadfael reports the discrepancy to Stephen's newly appointed Sheriff Gilbert Prescote, who reluctantly announces it to the town, asking if anyone can identify the unknown man.Godith identifies the murdered man as Nicholas Faintree, a squire of the rebel leader FitzAlan.

Investigate another case with Brother Cadfael.

©1979 Ellis Peters; (P)1991 Recorded Books, LLC

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"Delightful...a colorful and authentic medieval background fraught with swordplay and a challenge to the death." (Publishers Weekly)

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    CatBookMom 05-08-10
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    "A Must-Listen!"

    This, the second of the Brother Cadfael mysteries, introduces Cadfael to Hugh Beringar, who becomes a valued friend and the under-sheriff of Shrewsbury.

    In the summer of 1138, the two contenders for the throne of England have brought civil war to Shrewsbury as King Stephen battles the Empress Maud for the throne of England. Two murders have happened, both related to Stephen's conquest of the town and the flight of Maude's chief supporters. Two young people, both important to Maude's cause, are caught in the town, in hiding from Stephen. Cadfael shelters them and plots their escape, follows the clues to the murderers, and finds Hugh Beringar first a worthy opponent and eventually a staunch friend. Along the way Hugh meets the love of his life.

    Wonderful story, top-notch characterizations, and some thoughtful discussions on the nature of friendship and love. I've become convinced that Patrick Tull has a perfect voice for Cadfael, regardless of my love for Derek Jacobi from the PBS TV adaptations.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Paula Albuquerque, NM, United States 04-05-10
    Paula Albuquerque, NM, United States 04-05-10
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    "A good listen"

    Patrick Tull has a very realistic Welsh voice, but is still very understandable.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Sheley Napier Columbus, Ohio USA 04-03-15
    Sheley Napier Columbus, Ohio USA 04-03-15 Member Since 2012
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    "I love this series"

    These books do a great job of capturing the Middle Ages, the monastic life, & the role the church played in every day life. Add to that great characters, good plots, early forensics, & a narrator whose voice fits the story perfectly, and what's not to love? (Note: I don't care much for the versions read by a woman, simply because there are SO many male characters that it just works better when read by a man.)

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    Roberta L. Rushton Las Vegas, NV USA 03-02-15
    Roberta L. Rushton Las Vegas, NV USA 03-02-15 Member Since 2015

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    "A favorite"

    This is one of my favorite Brother Cadfael stories. The story, the crime, the chase are all done very well.

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    Jim United States 02-17-15
    Jim United States 02-17-15 Member Since 2013

    History, Sci-Fi, Fantasy nerd from St. Louis.

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    "Worth Every Single Moment"

    I'd have to break out the ole' Roget's to get enough words to describe how much I enjoyed every moment of this book and performance.

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    Jack United States 03-18-13
    Jack United States 03-18-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Brother Cadfael always a good listen"
    Would you listen to One Corpse Too Many again? Why?

    Cadfael stories, I have listen to for couple decades several times each.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Cadfael and Hugh Bellengar, their inter play in plots


    What does Patrick Tull bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I like to listen, so I can do mindless boring chores and have them be interesting.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The whole, from determining that there was an extra corpse through the twists and turns to finally determine who caused the extra corpse.


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    DM 02-18-13
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    "The Perfect Brother Cadfael!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of One Corpse Too Many to be better than the print version?

    Too close to call. Patrick Tull brings Brother Cadfael to life.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Ellis Peters keeps you guessing till the very end.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Too many favorites to choose.


    Any additional comments?

    Patrick Tull is the best at bringing Brother Cadfael to life. He is the perfect voice for the character. .

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    Ruth 02-02-13
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    What made the experience of listening to One Corpse Too Many the most enjoyable?

    Excellant narrater


    Any additional comments?

    The main problem I had with this, and every other audio book I've listened to, is that the narrater puts the wrong emphasis on a particular word or passage. I'm quite sure the author did not intend that emphasis in the given passage. Also, the picture on the cover of this audio book is HORRENDOUS. I would NEVER have listened to this book if the picture was all I had to go on.

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    Kathleen 06-25-12
    Kathleen 06-25-12
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    "Really enjoyed this story."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. I really enjoy Ellis Peters' books. This is one of the first I listened to as an audiobook. It took a little while to catch on to all of the characters but was very good when I did.


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    Milton Falls Church, VA, United States 04-28-12
    Milton Falls Church, VA, United States 04-28-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Cadfael meets Hugh"

    Travel the beginnings of this marvelous friendship, as
    brother Cadfael discovers one of the executed bodies is a murder victim.
    Worth your time and money.

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