Brother Cadfael sets out to visit the Saint Giles leper colony outside Shrewsbury, knowing that a grand wedding is due to take place at the Abbey of Saint Peter and Saint Paul. As he arrives at Saint Giles, the nuptial party passes the colony's gates. He sees the fragile bride, looking like a prisoner between her two stern guardians, and the groom, an arrogant, fleshy aristocrat old enough to be her grandfather. With his usual astuteness he suspects that this union may be more damned than blessed.
He is horrifically proved right when a savage murder disrupts the May-December marriage leaving Brother Cadfael with a dark and terrible mystery to solve. For the key to the killing - and a secret - are hidden among the lepers of Saint Giles, and Brother Cadfael's skills must diagnose a sickness, not of the body, but of a twisted soul.
Investigate another medieval mystery with Brother Cadfael.
©1981 Ellis Peters; (P)1992 Recorded Books, LLC
I will listen again, but not for a while. This is not a an upbeat story, it's an excellent story, but parts of it are very sad. I don't put myself through that all that often.
That would spoil it for future readers! All I can say is that I would change the end.
Oh, yes, several others. He's an excellent reader/actor.
Can't think of a thing.
A good yarn that kept me interested throughout. At first I thought the narration was a bit slow, but after a while, I really liked it. The narrator does a great job of conveying the feeling of the novel.
I've enjoyed several Br. Cadfael books. Strongly recommended.
The story is a combination of interweaving themes of love, intrigue, adventure and compassion. The development of the story is told from various main character's points of view.
I had a hard time putting it down.
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.)
What's to write? If you enjoy the Cadfael novels, you will particularly love this one.
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I'm reading my way through the series. Loved this one. Good start and story was not as predictable as some of the others.
I have no complaints about the story or performance at all. They're fabulous, as usual. However, I found the quality of the recording to be sketchy. There were several times when the sound got muffled and muted, which was annoying. It would be much better if we got top notch quality with our purchase.
This story by Peters has a wonderful twist at the end as do all the books in the Cadfael series. The story is beautifully written with much detail and care, and it is amazing to see inside the catchful eyes of Cadfael himself. I truely love all of the books in the series and just go from one book to the next!
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