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King Stephen's bloody siege against the town of Shrewsbury has reduced many of its stores and homes to rubble. The townspeople, busy preparing for the annual St. Peter's Fair, complain that the Shrewsbury monks have not shouldered their fair share of the burden. Cadfael, hoping to assuage flaring tempers, is drawn into a worse kind of violence on the eve of the festival.
©1981 Ellis Peters (P)1992 Recorded Books, LLC

Critic Reviews

"With colorful, convincing details on the workings of a medieval fair - a graceful and informative case for Peters' engaging herb-gardening monk." ( Kirkus Reviews)

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A perfect listen - outstanding narration

Patrick Tull (god rest his soul) could perform the encyclopedia and make it entertaining. His rumbling voice, grasp of dialect, and acting skills are perfect for Brother Cadfael, and the Cadfael books are a great vehicle for him. The mysteries are of the heart and spirit, with enough twists to engage and surprise. I'll confess the happy-enough endings are comforting.

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FABULOUS BOOKS

Really a spirt elevating series of books. Love these books. The setting, the characters, the narration. All are excellent and bring pleasure to my day.

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Delightful

The story, the characters, the dialogue, and the narration all conspire to create a simply delightful experience.

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I am really hooked on this Series

Where does St. Peter's Fair rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I love this series so I certainly recommend it highly in my list of favorites.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Other than the regulars, I thought the character, Emma, was so beautifully portrayed so as to "steal the show" in this exciting chronicle of Brother Cadfael.

Which character – as performed by Patrick Tull – was your favorite?

Any of the Welshmen, especially the Welsh trader.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Folly at the Fair!

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Cadfael continues

A logical continuation with the addition of many new characters. The fair provides a different background for story and character development.

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Excellent pacing and an intriguing story.

Having seen the series, I already knew "whodunit", but the original stories add so much more as the readers imagination has no budgetary constraints. This story in particular had a different, and in my view, better ending than the episode based upon it. And, as usual, Patrick Tull's narration (by far my favorite narrator) is outstanding.

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Patrick Tull is a wonderful narrator

I've just finished a third listen to this book, and Patrick Tull makes it a delight.

Hugh Beringar isn't in Shrewsbury, so Cadfael has to deal with another of the Sheriff's men, one is looking for a quick arrest and easy solution to the murder of one of the merchants who have come to the annual fair. We begin to see how the new abbot will deal with Shrewsbury and with Cadfael, and how even the fair is affected by the conflict between Stephen and Maude.

Highly recommended.