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.
This book had stunningly good characters and a plot to match. I was transported back in time to 12th century England while Ellis Peters explored the complexities between good and evil, loyalty and betrayal in a time of civil war.
The narrator inhabited all the characters splendidly, namely Brother Cadfael. His voice was perfect in displaying the thought process of each individual in the story.