An Excellent Mystery (Brother Cadfael, Bk 11)
An Excellent Mystery - Brother Cadfael, Bk 11 Author:Ellis Peters The year is 1141, and two monks have arrived in Shrewsbury after their abbey in Winchester is destroyed. Brother Humilis, who is very ill, and Brother Fidelis, who is mute, seek refuge at the Benedictine Abbey of Saint Peter and Paul. From the moment he meets them, Brother Cadfael suspects that something deeper than their common vows binds the t... more »wo brothers. As Brother Humilis's health fails, Brother Cadfael faces a crisis of belief as he must somehow distinguish between the innocent and the guilty. The author's Brother Cadfael mysteries are her most popular series, leading many fans to become pilgrims themselves -- to Shropshire and the very real Abbey of Saint Peter and Paul at Shrewsbury.« less
The eleventh Brother Cadfael mystery in which the war between Empress Maud and King Stephen (now a prisoner) heats up and involves the Bishop of Winchester as well. When two bedraggled Benedictine brothers arrive in Shrewsbury seeking a new home with the news that their abbey has been destroyed in the war, sheriff Hugh Berengar takes an interest, being the King's man in that part of the country. The book proceeds along with a mystery involving a young woman--once the betrothed of one of the newly-arrived Benedictines--who set out to join a nunnery 3 years previously but never arrived. A mystery without a dead body! Still, as the title says, it is indeed an excellent mystery, though I did remember the solution as I've read this book at least once before. Great entry in my favorite historical series of all time!
Doesn't center but provides a deeper glimpse into the life and times of 1141. These historical murder mysteries, are wonderful ways to taste the flavor of a time gone into the past. All so far are Well Done, some are gems beyond price, it pays to note and read them in order. While not necessary to do so, the threads that are real historical fact run thru these stories and make more sense, and you understand the sweep of the land better reading them in close order,
I have skipped around a volume or two out of order without ill effect.