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Book Reviews of The Confession of Brother Haluin (Brother Cadfael, Bk 15)

The Confession of Brother Haluin (Brother Cadfael, Bk 15)
The Confession of Brother Haluin - Brother Cadfael, Bk 15
Author: Ellis Peters
ISBN-13: 9780708842287
ISBN-10: 0708842283
Publication Date: 1991
Pages: 205
Rating:
  • Currently 4.4/5 Stars.
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4.4 stars, based on 7 ratings
Publisher: Futura Publishing
Book Type: Paperback
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reviewed The Confession of Brother Haluin (Brother Cadfael, Bk 15) on + 175 more book reviews
BROTHER CADFAEL CHRONICLE 15
reviewed The Confession of Brother Haluin (Brother Cadfael, Bk 15) on + 162 more book reviews
Another good entry in the Brother Cadfael series.
doctorslime avatar reviewed The Confession of Brother Haluin (Brother Cadfael, Bk 15) on + 241 more book reviews
Murder and spiritual rebirth all in one story.
Well crafted.
aardvark avatar reviewed The Confession of Brother Haluin (Brother Cadfael, Bk 15) on + 157 more book reviews
What can I say -- Ellis Peters' Brother Cadfael is probably still the best historical mystery series around. This is the fifteenth in the series set in the Benedictine Abbey of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, in Shrewsbury. The year is 1142. A surprising journey ensues after Brother Haluin falls of the roof and is expected to die. He does not, and Cadfael is right there to share in the journey of expiation Haluin feels he must make to pay for his earlier transgressions and beg earthly forgiveness.
reviewed The Confession of Brother Haluin (Brother Cadfael, Bk 15) on + 88 more book reviews
#15 of this wonderful Brother Cadfael 12th century Welsh Borderlands series of not necessarily monastic mysteries.
reviewed The Confession of Brother Haluin (Brother Cadfael, Bk 15) on + 157 more book reviews
As usual, the cadfael series is very good. This one has some pretty serious adult issues in it, so for the first time I didn't let my 10 yr old read it. Yes, she reads murder mysteries, but no, I don't go so far as the storyline in this particular book.
Brother Haluin confesses on what he supposes to be his deathbed, recovers, and decides to pursue restitution for his earlier sins. This sets into motion a complex series of events, a beautifully woven chain of cause and effect. I am amazed at how Peters keeps these things straight! One mystery after another comes to the attention of the characters (and readers) and eventually Cadfael connects the dots. He does so nearly accidentally- as often as Cadfael saves the day, it never feels like canned writing or a formula. Deeply humane writing!
hardtack avatar reviewed The Confession of Brother Haluin (Brother Cadfael, Bk 15) on + 2554 more book reviews
The love of a married woman for a younger man begins a tragedy that eventually affects the next generation.

Cadfael stumbles into this tragedy and helps to set things right.
havan avatar reviewed The Confession of Brother Haluin (Brother Cadfael, Bk 15) on + 138 more book reviews
This time Cadfael leaves Wales behind and heads East toward Hales and Elford in the company of a lame Benedictine Brother Haluin. Together they hobble (literally as well as figuratively) through a decades old mystery only to encounter the book's only murder well toward the end. While the exact identity of that killer is never unmasked, the mystery that engenders it is finally resolved leaving the reader with a satisfying journey through mid 12th century England and warm feeling for the comfort and security the people of that time had for an all-knowing and benevolent God.

This is a wonderful addition to the Cadfael Saga and I highly recommend it to fans of historical fiction with just a leavening of mystery thrown in.

*** Potential Spoiler Alert ***

I note that another reviewer felt that this installment dealt with themes too mature for younger readers. At the risk of revealing too much there is a confession of pre-marital sex and also an attraction between two children who are thought to be first cousins. How protective parents can have no problem with their children reading about murders but shrink from any idea of sex outside marriage will forever puzzle me.
cyndij avatar reviewed The Confession of Brother Haluin (Brother Cadfael, Bk 15) on + 1031 more book reviews
Brother Cadfael may not be able to sort out England's civil war in this year of 1142, but by golly they ought to let him try. All will be well when the good Brother's curiousity and sense of justice is brought into play. If you have read one of these before, there will be no surprise...you know who's been wronged, and why, and who the villain is...it's just a matter of watching Cadfael figure it out.
reviewed The Confession of Brother Haluin (Brother Cadfael, Bk 15) on + 2 more book reviews
Interesting plot.