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It is the Summer and Autumn of the Year of Our Lord 1143 in which the gentle monk, Brother Cadfael, is forced to leave the tranquility of his herb garden to find the whole truth behind the murder of a young women whose body was unexpectedly discovered in a newly tilled field recently acquired by the Shrewsbury Abbey in a land exchange.

Tony Award-winning actor Derek Jacobi narrates, using his thespian talents to bring the characters, suspense, and intrigue to life in this seventeenth chronicle of Brother Cadfael adventure.

Crack another case with Cadfael.
©1990 Ellis Peters (P)1996, 2014 Dove Audio, Phoenix Books

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good listen but not the best oration or plot.

i like my Cafael more Welsh and although very well abridged, it's not her best story.

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marvellous

Derek Jacobi does a marvellous job. brings the story alive. hope I can. get more of these.

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No new tale under the sun

It is, as are all the Cadfael Chronicles, perfectly executed and uses the English language with the precision of a surgeons scalpel rather than the clumsy bludgeon that it has sadly become.

The reading of this tale is utterly atmospheric and I would expect nothing less from one of the most prestigious members of the Royal Shakespeare Company it has ever had the good fortune to number.

Cadfael the self-effacing and studious worldly-wise hero transports us back to an era when rival royal factions battled for power in England and Wales was a kingdom in its own right with its own laws and customs. Long before our identity and culture were later to be violently suppressed by the Norman invaders, our history and stories re-written or dismissed at the whim of the newcomers and we were treated as strangers in our own lands.

I will not give any details of what happens in this story, if you really want to know then it is here for you to listen to and discover for yourself. It will certainly do you no harm to listen.



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Love betrayed.

Not the most satisfying Chronicle as the range of experience is narrower
But it is a classic tale of jealousy and loss. Well written and maintains the high standard of characterisation as other cChronicles.