The Third Chronicle of Brother Cadfael

Book - 1981
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A wealthy landowner is poisoned while staying at the abbey, and when Brother Cadfael is called upon to identify the poison, he is shocked to discover the victim's wife is his own childhood sweetheart.
Publisher: New York : Morrow, 1981, ©1980.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9780688004521
Characteristics: 223 pages : map ; 22 cm


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May 18, 2019

Even if I hadn't enjoyed the easy-going mystery, this would have been a worthwhile read for the sake of its wealth of cultural/historical/linguistic insight into 12th century Shropshire, deeply flavored by neighboring Wales -- not to mention the many details of daily monastic life and a collection of colorful characters. You get a lot for your money with this book: an engaging protagonist; a well crafted whodunit; a neat set of maps that I found myself referring back to many times; and a helpful glossary of Welsh words. The amount of research the author had to do to create this series must have been very extensive. I intend to search out a couple more of the Brother Cadfael mysteries.


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