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Posted April 16, 2006
Short, but a good read none the less
I have been interested in the Brother Cadfael series since I saw one of the stories turned into a TV show. The premise seemed interesting, and the character seemed interesting, too. Being who I am, I didn't act on this interest for a long time, as other interests took priority. A few months ago, however, I picked up another medieval murder mystery novel and enjoyed it, so I figured it was time to dive into this series, starting with the initial book. The story is fairly short, coming in at under 200 pages. That seems a little stingy for a $7 book, especially when you can get books three times the size for the same price. But it is a good 200 pages that you get, so it would be wrong to make too much of an issue over the page count. The basic story involves Brother Cadfael's Abbey's quest to obtain the relics of a saint so that they can achieve greater fame in the world. Not that Cadfael care, of course, but there are others in the Abbey who would achieve considerable fame in the course of such a venture. Sure enough, a target is soon found, and a contingent of monks head off to get the bones of a saint from Wales and bring them back to England. The locals aren't too fond of the idea, of course, and soon enough there has been a murder that Cadfael must solve. I must say that the author does a great job of pacing things out. There is plenty of time for all of the main actors to get introduced, and then things move along in due course. There is also a nice plot twist at the end. It was hinted at, so it didn't catch me off guard, but it was a nice twist to the story. Overall, an enjoyable read, if not the greatest thing ever.
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