©1981 Ellis Peters; (P)1992 Recorded Books, LLC
"With colorful, convincing details on the workings of a medieval fair - a graceful and informative case for Peters' engaging herb-gardening monk." (Kirkus Reviews)
Patrick Tull (god rest his soul) could perform the encyclopedia and make it entertaining. His rumbling voice, grasp of dialect, and acting skills are perfect for Brother Cadfael, and the Cadfael books are a great vehicle for him. The mysteries are of the heart and spirit, with enough twists to engage and surprise. I'll confess the happy-enough endings are comforting.
Having seen the series, I already knew "whodunit", but the original stories add so much more as the readers imagination has no budgetary constraints. This story in particular had a different, and in my view, better ending than the episode based upon it. And, as usual, Patrick Tull's narration (by far my favorite narrator) is outstanding.
Life-long reader, 10 years listening
I've just finished a third listen to this book, and Patrick Tull makes it a delight.
Hugh Beringar isn't in Shrewsbury, so Cadfael has to deal with another of the Sheriff's men, one is looking for a quick arrest and easy solution to the murder of one of the merchants who have come to the annual fair. We begin to see how the new abbot will deal with Shrewsbury and with Cadfael, and how even the fair is affected by the conflict between Stephen and Maude.
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