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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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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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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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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.

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

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