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Publisher's Summary

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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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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You will NEVER see it coming.

Ellis and Tull are masters of their craft. Wonderful book, wonderfully narrated. I promise you!

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I never cry..

but this story had me three times...faith, love, hope on many levels. A good antidote to the spiritually barren times we are living in.

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An incredible tale- My favorite Cadfael mystery so far!

The lyricism of Ellis’ prose is absolutely delightful, and used to describe such a wonderful story it’s pure pleasure start to incredible finish. I’m pretty good at picking up a plot twist but this one stopped me in my tracks
If I were to recommend one Cadfael novel to use to entice a reticent reader it would be this one. And nobody tells it better than Patrick Tull

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My Favorite Brother Cadfael book

All the Brother Cadfael books are marvelously written and This one is as well. Most of these books have love stories woven into history and Abby life but this one has the most beautiful and chaste rendering of sacrificial love I have ever read/ listened to. Patrick Tulls rich reading voice increases the experience.

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So much fun to read.

The characters in each Cadfael are always so much fun to follow. This is no exception. Patrick Tull is so much fun to listen to, he is one of my favorite narrators.

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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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