A Morbid Taste for Bones (Brother Cadfael, Bk 1)
A Morbid Taste for Bones - Brother Cadfael, Bk 1 Author:Ellis Peters In the remote Welsh mountain village of Gwytherin lies the grave of Saint Winifred Now, in 1137, the ambitious head of Shrewsbury Abbey has decided to acquire the sacred remains for his Benedictine order. Native Welshman Brother Cadfael is sent on the expedition to translate and finds the rustic villagers of Gwytherin passionately divided by the... more » Benedictine's offer for the saint's relics. Canny, wise, and all too worldly, he isn't surprised when this taste for bones leads to bloody murder.
The leading opponent to moving the grave has been shot dead with a mysterious arrow, and some say Winifred herself held the bow. Brother Cadfael knows a carnal hand did the killing. But he doesn't know that his plan to unearth a murderer may dig up a case of love and justice...where the wages of sin may be scandal or Cadfael's own ruin.« less
This is the first in my favorite all-time historical mystery series featuring Brother Cadfael of the Abbey of St. Peter and St. Paul at Shrewsbury England in the late 1100's. Brother Cadfael is a practical soul who has seen much of the world as a crusader before he decided on the contemplative life as a monk. He is the infirmarian of the abbey, tending the herb garden and making various potions, brews and unguents to make life a little easier for those in the Abbey as well as Shrewsbury town. He's also a very observant person and a shrewd judge of character, and since he always seems to be thrown into murder situations, these character traits serve him well. :)
In this book, Cadfael travels to a village in Wales with an entourage of monks to collect the bones of St. Winifred, sadly neglected at the village, and the subject of some holy visions seen by a young monk of the Abbey and of course encounters murder shortly after arriving.
Delightful mystery with Brother Cadfael again leading the search to solve the crime. Even though it is the 12th century, Peters charms the reader with her knowledge of human behavior and with touches of humor and comic relief at times.
Sandra (Piper) reviewed A Morbid Taste for Bones (Brother Cadfael, Bk 1) on
Helpful Score: 3
I enjoyed this 1st book in the series and look forward to plowing through the next 20 books :-) Her style of writing takes awhile to get used to. Many of the conversations between characters takes awhile to puzzle out what they may be inferring to.
First in a series, but by no means the Best... Fine yes, and telling yes
the more you read the more this particular story echo's in the future tales, Who brings the story forward and why? Look to the title, and enjoy A Morbid Taste for Bones, a wonderful, delightful, Historical Romp, threaded with historical facts, flavored with sense, and scenes of the period, and seasoned with mystery. Top Drawer Mystery Reading!
Mara F. (Catalina) - , reviewed A Morbid Taste for Bones (Brother Cadfael, Bk 1) on
I once read a book of this series, but a much later one, and it failed to charm me. Reading the first of the series makes all the difference, and now I am reading them in the order intended. I would recommend reading these in order if you can. In this opening to her series, Peters does a great job drawing her characters. The story is clever and the ending could not be more satisfying. Very enjoyable read. :)
Ellis Peters is new to me but I find this first book refreshing. It is easy to read, uncomplicated but holds my interest throughout. Sometimes brain work is better than technology, at least I find it so. HootsAnnie