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Publisher's Summary

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. Cadfael reports the discrepancy to Stephen's newly appointed Sheriff Gilbert Prescote, who reluctantly announces it to the town, asking if anyone can identify the unknown man.Godith identifies the murdered man as Nicholas Faintree, a squire of the rebel leader FitzAlan.
Investigate another case with Brother Cadfael.
©1979 Ellis Peters; (P)1991 Recorded Books, LLC

Critic Reviews

"Delightful...a colorful and authentic medieval background fraught with swordplay and a challenge to the death." (Publishers Weekly)

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A Must-Listen!

This, the second of the Brother Cadfael mysteries, introduces Cadfael to Hugh Beringar, who becomes a valued friend and the under-sheriff of Shrewsbury.

In the summer of 1138, the two contenders for the throne of England have brought civil war to Shrewsbury as King Stephen battles the Empress Maud for the throne of England. Two murders have happened, both related to Stephen's conquest of the town and the flight of Maude's chief supporters. Two young people, both important to Maude's cause, are caught in the town, in hiding from Stephen. Cadfael shelters them and plots their escape, follows the clues to the murderers, and finds Hugh Beringar first a worthy opponent and eventually a staunch friend. Along the way Hugh meets the love of his life.

Wonderful story, top-notch characterizations, and some thoughtful discussions on the nature of friendship and love. I've become convinced that Patrick Tull has a perfect voice for Cadfael, regardless of my love for Derek Jacobi from the PBS TV adaptations.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Paula
  • Albuquerque, NM, United States
  • 04-05-10

A good listen

Patrick Tull has a very realistic Welsh voice, but is still very understandable.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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I love this series

These books do a great job of capturing the Middle Ages, the monastic life, & the role the church played in every day life. Add to that great characters, good plots, early forensics, & a narrator whose voice fits the story perfectly, and what's not to love? (Note: I don't care much for the versions read by a woman, simply because there are SO many male characters that it just works better when read by a man.)

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Jim
  • United States
  • 02-17-15

Worth Every Single Moment

I'd have to break out the ole' Roget's to get enough words to describe how much I enjoyed every moment of this book and performance.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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A favorite

This is one of my favorite Brother Cadfael stories. The story, the crime, the chase are all done very well.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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I am a Fan of the Brother Sleuth

Where does One Corpse Too Many rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Right at the top. I think that this series will continue to enchant me more than Sherlock, Hercule, and others I have read.

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

Yes, it did and I was not expecting Hugh's change of attitude. Surprises abound in this delightful tale.

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

Welsh accent I'm told is great for male voices but falls short when a feminine voice speaks softly.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

How things get sorted out and then resorted during the story is something that I will not divulge. Have to read for yourself.

Any additional comments?

Ellis Peters is now one of my favorite authors in Historical Fiction. I am kind of surprised I had never heard of her until now. What an author! Wow!

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A Wonderful Historical Novel

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.

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History made easy

What made the experience of listening to One Corpse Too Many the most enjoyable?

The vividness of life hundreds of years ago. Not a student of English history. Interesting for that reason.

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

Not that kind of story. I suppose the Cadfael mysteries are a species of cozy mystery.

Have you listened to any of Patrick Tull’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Listened to the previous Cadfael novel. Tull does okay.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Again, not that kind of book.

Any additional comments?

Looking forward to reading all the Cadfael mysteries.

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  • Jack
  • United States
  • 03-18-13

Brother Cadfael always a good listen

Would you listen to One Corpse Too Many again? Why?

Cadfael stories, I have listen to for couple decades several times each.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Cadfael and Hugh Bellengar, their inter play in plots

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

I like to listen, so I can do mindless boring chores and have them be interesting.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The whole, from determining that there was an extra corpse through the twists and turns to finally determine who caused the extra corpse.

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  • DM
  • 02-18-13

The Perfect Brother Cadfael!

Would you consider the audio edition of One Corpse Too Many to be better than the print version?

Too close to call. Patrick Tull brings Brother Cadfael to life.

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

Ellis Peters keeps you guessing till the very end.

Which scene was your favorite?

Too many favorites to choose.

Any additional comments?

Patrick Tull is the best at bringing Brother Cadfael to life. He is the perfect voice for the character. .<br/>