Regular price: $24.49

Membership details Membership details
  • A 30-day trial plus your first audiobook, free.
  • 1 credit/month after trial – good for any book, any price.
  • Easy exchanges – swap any book you don’t love.
  • Keep your audiobooks, even if you cancel.
  • After your trial, Audible is just $14.95/month.
OR
In Cart

Publisher's Summary

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)

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    176
  • 4 Stars
    60
  • 3 Stars
    7
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    0

Performance

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    175
  • 4 Stars
    32
  • 3 Stars
    2
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    0

Story

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    142
  • 4 Stars
    52
  • 3 Stars
    14
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    0
Sort by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

St. Peter’s Fair is more than Fair reading

Well worth reading (or listening to). If you liked the first three novels you will not be disappointed with this one. 👍👍👍👍🙏😎
By Royvanho

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Always a good read or listen.

Cadfael, like the mounties, always gets his man or woman or priest. Everything is fine in the end.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

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.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Delightful

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

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

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!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Cadfael continues

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

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

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.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

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.