Lincoln Rhyme is a fascinating example of a methodical detective, housebound, paralyzed, but with a brilliant mind and assistants who can visit scenes of the crime to help him resolve the cases. I find the entire series absorbing, and this adventure is spellbinding. Heartily recommended.
I enjoy the entire series of Lady Emily books - it's fun following Emily's efforts to rise above the subservient position of even the most well-bred women in Victorian England, and revel in the use of her intelligence, imagination and determination.
I've never met a Brother Cadfael book I didn't love!
"An Excellent Mystery" is truly an excellent mystery.
Cadfael is especially endearing to me, both as an astute detector of truth, but also as a man of God who is full of compassion and love of his fellow-men. He understands that, in this world, justice must be tempered with mercy, and that, in the next world, God will sort it all out.
I have never met a Brother Cadfael book I didn't really enjoy!
This mystery is representative of the entire series, depicting Brother Cadfael as a good, down-to-earth compassionate medieval monk who is a whiz at solving mysteries, and who understands that only God has the right to make judgment calls.
His enormous experience, both a a member of his monastery, as well, as his many years before that, serve him well.
Ellis Peters makes the history of the times come alive.