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One Corpse Too Many (Brother Cadfael Series #2)
     

One Corpse Too Many (Brother Cadfael Series #2)

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by Ellis Peters
 

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When Shrewsbury Castle falls, Brother Cadfael discovers a murder mystery amid the wreckage

In the summer of 1138, war between King Stephen and the Empress Maud takes Brother Cadfael from the quiet world of his garden into a battlefield of passions, deceptions, and death. Not far from the safety of the abbey walls, Shrewsbury Castle falls, leaving

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One Corpse Too Many (Brother Cadfael Series #2) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
With her first Brother Cadfael novel ('A Morbid Taste for Bones'), English author Ellis Peters introduced us to perhaps, now, the most famous of the medieval 'detectives'! And in her second installment, 'One Corpse Too Many,' we find the erstwhile Benedictine monk up to his neck in another murder mystery, this time involving way too many deaths! In this episode, Brother Cadfael and his beloved Shrewsbury have the unpleasant task of burying the bodies of 94 soldiers, killed as a result of a battle between Stephen and the Empress Maud, both trying to claim the throne of England. In this ugly civil war, we find the countryside constantly in a flux as to which side is which, as this struggle, which lasted for 12 years, seemed to change shapes and sides all too frequently. In this instance, it is Stephen who has won the day. After the hanging of the hold-outs, Brother Cadfael, representing the church and the Abbey of St. Peter and St. Paul in Shrewsbury, goes in to arrange for the proper burial of the dead. He is told there were exactly 94 bodies. Instead, he finds an extra one--that of a young man, unidentified, who has had his throat slashed. And Brother Cadfael, over the course of the novel, uses all his God-given talents to solve the mystery. And solve it, of course, he does. He wants not only to identify the young man, but to name the murderer. At the same time, Peters, whose real name is Edith Pargeter, lays the foundation for two of her other recurring characters, Aline and Hugh Beringer (This is a nice romantic touch!). Cadfael, himself, is the herbalist to the abbey and uses that skill to help him solve the murder. He is also able to call upon some of the knowledge he learned during his younger days as a Crusader to the Holy Lands. In all, Peters has created a full-blown medieval character--one who is at once ever the romantic, yet is worldly enough to negotiate the foibles of reality. Peters and Cadfael add up to a great literary combination and their numbers prove it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not only a good read, but a good introduction to a wonderful hero.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The movie introduced me to this amazing character. They both added greatly to my understanding of the period. Iam happy to add the Nook edition to my paper copies & movies. Thanks!
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prairie_girl More than 1 year ago
I love the Medieval time period and the Brother Cadfael mystery series. The stories are very entertaining reading.
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