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Subject: An Ellis Peters fan
Date Posted: 8/18/2012 7:55 PM ET
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Hi,

I've been enjoying the warmth and mystery and medievalism of the Ellis Peters series of Brother Cadfael. I was wondering if there was something similar in tone, and had some historical context. I am running out of relaxing murder mysteries to read about, lol. I am starting to read Dorothy Sayers' Peter Whimsey series. I've read lots of Agatha Christie. I kinda am missing Peter's humanity and deep warmth, the descriptions of nature and the seasons, and so on. I like British stuff and I like somewhat older stuff. I hope this doesn't sound persnickety, but if it does, I'm sorry.

 Can anyone help me out?

Date Posted: 8/19/2012 9:35 PM ET
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Peter Tremayne's Sister Fidelma series.  Set in ancient Ireland, close to the same time period as Peter's Brother Cadfael.

Date Posted: 8/20/2012 1:33 PM ET
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Ellis Peters' Brother Cadfael is my FAVORITE historical series ever...have read them all a couple of times and seen all the TV series too, at least once. I was so sad when she died!

I would recommend Edward Marston's "Domesday" series, which is set around 1080's...two men traveling around England with a troupe on the King's business as William the Conquerer is taking survey of all he's conquered...so a bit earlier in time than Cadfael, also slightly edgier but in no way gory or nasty. I find the tone fairly similar. Also, Maureen Ash's Bascot de Marins medieval series and Mel Starr's Hugh de Singleton series have a bit of a lighter tone and lots of great historical detail also.

Linda, the Sister Fidelma series is actually several centuries before Cadfael's time (they take place sometime in 600's A.D.)but I agree the tone of the mysteries is similar with lots of good historical detail and not a lot of unnecessary blood and gore.

Cheryl

Date Posted: 8/20/2012 1:44 PM ET
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Here's some you may want to try out:

Medieval West Country Mysteries-Michael Jecks

Crispin Guest Medieval Noir-Jeri Westerson

Musketeers Mystery-Sarah D'Almeida

Matthew Bartholomew Chronicles-Susanna Gregory

Templar Knight Mysteries-Maureen Ash

Merlin Investigations-J.M.C. Blair

Enjoy!

-RD

Date Posted: 8/22/2012 2:05 PM ET
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Thank you! This gives me a great list to start reading through. And thanks especially to Rob- I was hoping you'd see my post and help me out.

Date Posted: 8/23/2012 1:47 PM ET
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I agree with all the above suggestions, but I have to brag a bit...I actually met Ellis Peter's a a book signing years ago and I have  autographed copies of two of her books...one I got at the book signing and the other a pen friend in Britain sent to me!!!  Have had her biography on my WL for 3-4 yrs now...have never been able to find it (at a price I can afford) anywhere.

Date Posted: 8/23/2012 5:15 PM ET
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Oh! I am so jealous, Marla! I once thought to collect her series in hardcover, but the price of them is just out of my league. I do have them all in the paperback version...wish I had a signed copy! I am not one who is big on "signed" books unless it's one I've gotten at a book signing or somehow gotten from the author with an inscription meant just for me. :)

Cheryl

Date Posted: 8/24/2012 8:30 AM ET
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Ooh, that's juicy news. I hope you'll wax narrative and tell us more about her.

Date Posted: 8/24/2012 2:59 PM ET
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Unfortunately, there is not much to tell.  She was quite elderly at the time and she had a "handler" who stood right beside her, and when she signed your book, you were "moved on"!!!  No opportunity to talk to her.  It was held at a small mystery book store and the crowds were immense...the line started out in the front yard...no where to stand around and talk.  Too bad, I would have loved to been able to just listen to her.  I had been to other signings there when there were not so many people and you could get a cup  of coffee and visit with the author.  This was very efficiently orchastrated to get people in and out in a minimal amount of time.  She really didn't even speak to anyone.  I talked to the owner the next time I was there and she said she didn't even get a chance to talk to her.  Never having seen her before, it's hard to judge...but, she didn't appear to be in the best of health.

Sorry I couldn't give you any neat tidbits!

Date Posted: 8/25/2012 7:43 PM ET
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Aw, that's too bad. But I could understand it if they didn't want to tire her out too much.

Date Posted: 8/30/2012 12:40 PM ET
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Oh...a couple of others you might be interested in:

Merrily Watkins Series-Phil Rickman (FYI-not the period you're interested in, but still an interesting series)

John Dee Papers Series Phil Rickman

-RD



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