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Publisher's Summary

A late spring in 1142 has the Abbey monks dismayed, for there may be no roses by June 22nd. For three years, the wealthy young widow Judith Perle has rented her house to the monks for the price of a single rose each year. When nature finally complies, a pious monk is sent to pay the rent—and found murdered beside the hacked rose-bush.

Without a rose, the monks’ rental contract becomes void, adding greatly to the widow’s dowry. But before Brother Cadfael can ponder if a greedy suitor has done this dreadful deed, another crime is committed. Now the good monk must thread his way through a tangle more tortuous than the widow’s thorny bushes.

©1986 Ellis Peters (P)1990 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

“Peters is in fine form in this 13th book, with a leisurely mystery that once again creates a 12th century world that is both comfortable and strange, and a series of delightful, interesting characters.” ( Publishers Weekly)

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Ellis Peters in top form

This is a repeater. The narrator put me off at first, but she did a first rate job. Sister Magdalen is back with another of her spectacular rescues and Cadfael contrives a happy ending from very little cloth. If you like Cadfael this is a safe bet.

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Worst Audio I've Ever Heard on Audible

This is another standard installment of the Brother Cadfael series. The last two books have not been as good as the previous ones, simply not as engaging or surprising. And I tire of the parade of young lovers. However, I'm writing this review to bring attention to the truly horrific audio engineering! Sometimes the narrator sounds like she's speaking with a pillow over her mouth. Other times it's as if she's speaking through a metal pipe. Still others her voice is as sharp and painful as finger nails on a blackboard. Sometimes she speaks so fast I had to slow down the speed. Other times she's so slow I had to speed her up. None of it is the narrator's fault. Fortunately, this is a free book on Audible Plus. Otherwise it would have nothing at all to recommend it.

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Good story but awful reader

Listen first to the sample first - narrator has a screechy voice
Otherwise a good story
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Readers voice vs Story

I liked the story. I like all Cadfaels mysteries. The reader’s voice was off-putting and took me some time to get used to it. But I hung in for the story, which is why the overall is 4 stars.

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Good on balance

May reads too fast and there's not enough vocal differentiation of the various characters, but it's still a wonderful story and a very good mystery.

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Fantastic as always

Would you consider the audio edition of The Rose Rent to be better than the print version?

Now that I have both the print and the audio version, I have to say they are both good, but in different ways.

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Fantastic series in general, but this is one of my favourite stories from it.

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Fabulous!

I've loved Ellis Peters and Brother Cadfael for many years. The narrator is Delightful and highly talented!

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Enjoyable Read

It was a good story. The characters are likable. Narrator did a good job in reading the story.

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worthy reading of great story

Ellis Peters writes such good stories, along with her mysteries, with excellent background of historical events. I had a bit of a hard time with the voice of the narrator at first, but its pretty hard to compete with Derek Jacobi, so my evaluation was a bit unfair. The narration was fine after that small hurdle.

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Love these cozy mysteries

Thoroughly enjoyable cozy mystery series. Well written. Do wish the readers mastery of different voices to animate the characters was a little better. But otherwise thoroughly enjoyable.