An Excellent Mystery

Narrated by: Roe Kendall
Series: Brother Cadfael, Book 11
Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
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This is the eleventh chronicle of Brother Cadfael, of the Benedictine Abbey of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, at Shrewsbury.

In the year of our Lord 1141, August comes in golden as a lion, and two monks ride into the Benedictine Abbey of Saint Peter and Saint Paul bringing with them disturbing news of war...and a mystery.

The strangers tell how the strife between the Empress Maud and King Stephan has destroyed the town of Winchester and their priory. Now Brother Humilis, who is handsome, gaunt, and very ill, and Brother Fidelis, youthful, comely (and totally mute) must seek refuge at Shrewsury. And from the moment he meets them, Brother Cadfael senses something deeper than their common vows binds these two good brothers. What the link is he can only guess...what it will lead to is beyond his imagining. But as Brother Humilis' health fails, and nothing can stop death's lengthening shade, Brother Cadfael faces a poignant test of his discretion and his beliefs as he unravels a secret so great it can destroy a life, a future, and a holy order.

©1984, 1985, 1987 Ellis Peters (P)2000 Blackstone Audiobooks

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"Absorbing, superbly crafted....Unflagging tension which builds to a swift, satisfying climax....Peters never disappoints" (Kirkus Reviews)

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A poor choice for reader

The narrator made Cadfael sound like a young Indian rather than old Welshman. It was difficult to listen to.

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Enjoyable

This is a very good story . It has a novel twist even for Brother
Cadfael.