After years of studying with the Bishop, young Father Ailnoth has come to take over the parish of Holy Cross. But soon Ailnoth's true nature surfaces - harsh, cold-hearted, and merciless - and someone lures him from his home and murders him. Who in Shrewsbury would kill a priest on Christmas Day?
Suspicion is cast upon a young man who arrived with the priest's train and was sent to work in Brother Cadfael's garden. Indeed, he is soon discovered to be an impostor. To Brother Cadfael, now falls the familiar task of sorting out the complicated strands of innocence and guilt.
Investigate another case with Brother Cadfael.
©1986 Ellis Peters; (P)1995 Recorded Books, LLC
A lover of good music, good stories and intelligent non-fiction.
The main thread of the story was a workable and potentially interesting skeleton but instead of live flesh and sinews, what was pasted onto the bones was a pallid and uninteresting filler. I got the idea that the author had run out of ideas and was trying to give the story enough words to make it into a full length novel.
What would have made it better would have been less passages which had nothing to do with moving the story forward and a few more red herrings that Cadfael had to solve before he could get to the actual mystery.
Probably the next book in the Old Man's War series: The Last Colony
Patrick Tull is an amazing narrator. Every character he does seems unique, even many of the minor ones. His Cadfael is great and so is his Berringar.
The scene where the Abbot does his sermon at the burial of the murdered priest. I could see no reason at all to include his sermon in the book. It had nothing to do with the story and was incredibly boring.
I have liked every Ellis Peters novel I've ever read/listened to. This is the first one that I gave up on before finishing. Don't take this review as indicative of the quality of her other books. I'm assuming she had an off year when she wrote this one.
I usually enjoy listening to Cadfael mysteries over and over, but I found this formulaic and disjointed. The dialog which is usually close to poetry just plods, and the plot was predictable.
The butter on the bun though was a mushy ending to a totally improbable story.
The performance was dead on, just not much to work with.
I Hesitated to write this so I listened again. It just isn't there.
Ellis Peters is a great writer, and Patrick Tull really brings the stories to life.
Brother Cadfael is a wonderful protagonist.
I think his personification of Brother Cadfael is spot on, and his different voices for the different characters really helps keep the narrative sections straight.
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