In the summer of 1138, war between King Stephen and the Empress Maud takes brother Cadfael from the quiet world of his garden to the bloody battlefield. Not far from the safety of the Abbey walls, Shrewsbury Castle falls, leaving its 94 defenders loyal to the empress to hang as traitors. With a heavy heart, Brother Cadfael agrees to bury the dead, only to make a grisly discovery: 95 bodies lie in a row, and the extra corpse tells Cadfael that the killer is both clever and ruthless.
But one death among so many seems unimportant to all but the good Benedictine. He vows to find the truth behind disparate clues: a girl in boys' clothing, a missing treasure, and a single broken flower - the tiny bit of evidence that Cadfael believes can most easily expose a murderer's black heart....
©1979 Ellis Peters (P)2011 Isis Publishing Ltd
As a recently retired "young" pensioner! I now have more time to read and listen to Audio Books as I renovate my house in Spain.
Set in the times of king Stephen and Empress Maude and the ensuing civil war this series of books combines basic forensics and poetic language. Given that they were brutal times, there are no gory and unpleasant scenes. A mystery that highlights the ways of human beings. The good points and the bad.
An excellent story by Ellis Peters, which contains a number of strong threads that weave together. Brother Cadfael is sagacious and crafty and a truly wonderful creation. The narration was excellent particularly for the voice of Cadfael, which has a solid worldly Welsh sound, even the female characters are well done. I hope that more of these stories are put onto audible (I think that she wrote about 20 Brother Cadfael novels), as I would love to hear more.
I loved these books when I first read them, many years ago. Now, I am able to enjoy them all over again with the added beauty of the way they are told.
Looking forward to the next one!
Brother Cadfael is a fully rounded character. Ellis Peters brings the world in which he, Cadfael, lives to life. The mystery unfolds with twists and turns and Peters keeps you guessing till the end, never quite sure who is good and who bad. One Corpse too Many is entertaining as well as informative, altogether a good read.
A person of many interests starting from history, religion and education, to IT, cooking and books in all their old and recently born forms.
It was a bit gragging for me at the first chaters, but I stareted to like the book later on. It is well written and I like the hints on the love story. It was my first Cadfael book I may listen or read more of them. Performance was very nice, comprehensible, change of voice did not let me think twice who was talking at the moment. Enjoyed.
Peter ELLIS 'One Corpse Too Many.
My interest in Peter Ellis work was triggered after receiving the Brother Cadfael Stories on disk when I'll. I bought the unabridged version by mistake. I found it too long. The story does hold up well and the more u listen the plot action and characters become. It was pleasure but editing would improved the experience of listening
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