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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.

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A good listen

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

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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.)

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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.

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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.

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My favorite!!

I think I’ve listened to all of the Cadfael books— many times. This is still one of my favorite stories. I never get tired of it.
And I love Patrick Tull’s narrations! Both he and Stephen Thorne (narrated the tapes) are wonderful and bring the characters to life!!
And Ellis Peters is incredible!!! I can’t say anything about her that hasn’t already been said.
If you love medieval mysteries with wonderful characters that aren’t all full of angst and darkness, then these are for you!!

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Funny and engaging

I love the Cadfael series. Funny, sarcastic, and worldly Brother Cadfael observing the happenings of the cloister and the world beyond, without being afraid to get his hands dirty to ensure the truth is brought to light. Great comfort reads!

Patrick Tull's narration is fabulous! I also loved him in the Master and Commander series.

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Peters hits her stride

This is the book in the series where Ellis Peters really hits her stride. The narration is flawless and absolutely captivating. Not to be missed for those who love a good, classic murder mystery.

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A perfect combination

I love the Cadfael mysteries—their sense of a specific place and time in history, their portrayal of various medieval people from all walks of life, the inevitable romantic pairings which lighten the solemnity of the murders— and Patrick Tull’s narration is, for me, the perfect embodiment of the old Welsh monk. These mysteries are not very challenging to solve; I listen to them mostly for setting and character. One Corpse Too Many is the second in the series, but the first set in Shrewsbury, so it can serve as a great introduction to the series for newcomers.

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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!