An Excellent Mystery

Narrated by: Patrick Tull
Series: Brother Cadfael, Book 11
Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (187 ratings)

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A mysterious pair of monks, whose abbey has burned down, have come to Shrewbury seeking refuge. Their story is tragic, and Cadfael quickly senses, riddled with half-truths. What dark secret are these strange monks hiding?
©1985 Ellis Peters (P)1994 Recorded Books, LLC

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Yes, A Very Excellent Mystery Indeed!

Would you listen to An Excellent Mystery again? Why?

I really liked this story and performance. I probably will listen again at a later date.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

I Knew early on who Brother Fidelis really was, and one faithful to their master. The silence was another clue.However, clever writing had me hooked and somewhat concerned that I might have been mistaken. Truly loved the ending and the quote from the Book of Common Prayer.

What does Patrick Tull bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His booming but pleasant Welsh tongue.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, and I almost did. Three sittings was a record for me.

Any additional comments?

Ellis Peters does not get stale in this series, as some often do. While the events are closely linked in time and history she always has uniquely different plots. Incredible!

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Fun, Fun

How can a lover of cozy mysteries not love Brother Cadfael? In this installment of his life in Shrewsbury, he has been 'favored' with the relocation of a famous, although aged and ill, crusader to his abbey. Of course not all is as it appears and Cadfael is soon deep into the mysteries of the Brother's past. So much fun!

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Problem with linking of Audible and Kindle

The reason for my giving a low rating to this book is because this is the 5th Audible book in this wonderful series where the Audible doesn't match with the Kindle written version. I couldn't read along as I like on my Kindle Fire. The recording would stop everytime I attempted to read.. So now I will check my library or do without the Audible. The reader was excellent; I just couldn't follow along.

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Overly dramatic narrator

If you can deal with the overly dramatic over acting of the narrator, you'll enjoy it

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stop yelling!

dude that reads the book is not pleasant to listen to. story is excellent, but ruined completely.

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I Love Cadefael Mysteries, but...

...this one seems like an afterthought. I found it dragging and a little hard to get into.

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an excellent mystery indeed

first quality writing and great twist at the end. An intense and rich cadfael mystery.

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Love Cadfael - can't understand the narrator

What disappointed you about An Excellent Mystery?

I have always enjoyed the Cadfael mysteries. This narrator seems to "fit" the story in an odd sort of way, but speaks very quickly and his British accent is too dense to understand at this speed.

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never really understood exactly what the plot was....

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Peters Boldly Pierces the Abbey's Darkest Corners

Peters steps into deep waters with a plot that delves fearlessly into the darkest corners of human and Catholic narrative past and present, adept with both the weight of her subject and the turns of her story. Modern readers will clasp close the faithful rendering of devoted service and blanch to hear so unflinchingly a personification of blackest sin left to the hand God.