A late spring in 1142 brings dismay to the Abbey of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, for there may be no roses by June 22nd. On that day the young widow Perle must receive one white rose as rent for the house she has given to benefit the abbey or the contract is void. When nature finally complies, a pious monk is sent to pay the rent - and is found murdered beside the hacked rose-bush.
The abbey's wise herbalist, Brother Cadfael, follows the trail of bloodied petals. He knows the lovely widow's dowry is far greater with her house included, and she will likely wed again. But before 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 - or there will be more tears...
This was another excellent Brother Cadfael mystery. Peters threw a lot of red herrings in the reader's way, but I was able to figure out a piece of evidence that led me to the murderer. Still, with Peters, you can never be sure. So I was feeling very satisfied with myself when I finished the book, which incidentally, I finished within hours after I started it.
In this book, Sheriff Hugh plays a very minor role, while Cadfael and the "victim" are the major players.
Sadly, I am getting closer to the end of this series.
Tried to read/listen to "Amorbid Taste For Bones" couldn't get thru even the first 3 chapters. I love a good mystery/ thriller and love even more the Brits writting... somehow this didn't do it for me. Maybe it'll be for you. Enjoy!
The thirteenth chronicle of Brother Cadfael. A sweet story about a women who rents her property to the monastery in exchange for a single rose each year. I love this mystery series and always learn new things about medieval history.
Brother Cadfael solves another mystery. The story begins with an interesting, wealthy widow who lost her husband. She lives alone with no intent to marry again. In memory of the husband Judith Perle gives a small cottage to the monks. All she asks is that a white rose be delivered to her once a year. However, the young monk who has been delivering the rose asks to be released from this task because he has fallen in love with the gentle widow. Then he is found murdered and the rose bush badly damaged yet it survives. Then Judith disappears. If she cannot be found the rent (rose) cannot be delivered.
As the people of the community search for the murderer (he left an unusual footprint) and Judith, another death occurs. A young healthy man who swims well is found in the river. By all evidence he appears to have drowned but Brother Cadfael doubts this is ? Again, Brother Cadfael doubts the evidence. Who, then, committed the murder? Who abducted Judith? And, is she, too, dead? It's quite confusing and left to Brother Cadfael to unravel the confusion and unveil the truth.