A Morbid Taste for Bones (Brother Cadfael Series #1)

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In the 12th-century Benedictine monastery of Shrewsbury, Brother Cadfael has settled down to a quiet life in charge of the herbarium. It is fortunate his prowess as a herbalist is matched by his detective skills - when his prior acquires the bones of a saint, the obstacles include murder.
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In the 12th-century Benedictine monastery of Shrewsbury, Brother Cadfael has settled down to a quiet life in charge of the herbarium. It is fortunate his prowess as a herbalist is matched by his detective skills - when his prior acquires the bones of a saint, the obstacles include murder.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780708906590
  • Publisher: Ulverscroft Large Print Books, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 1/28/1981
  • Series: Brother Cadfael Series, #1
  • Pages: 344

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  • Posted April 16, 2009

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    A Great Start to a Terrific Series

    This first book involves Brother Cadfael's Abbey wanting to obtain the relics of a saint so that they can achieve greater fame, thus inducing more pilgrims to come, thus giving the Abbey more revenue. Not that Cadfael cares, but there are others in the Abbey who would like to achieve this outcome. And soon enough there is a murder that Cadfael must solve. I recommend all readers try and read these books in order as the characters become more developed as the series progresses. These are fun and easy reads and I am sure you will get hooked as I did.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

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    Get Medieval

    A fascinating look into the past. Great characters living their lives in moments of stress. The descriptions ring real and the characters could be you.

    Extremely well written, it is not for those too lazy or unable to understand writing above today's writers. The language is beautiful.

    I loved this series. The PBS movies based on it are also good but not quite as rich as the books.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    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.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 3, 2015

    Highly recommended.

    As usual Ellis Peters makes it interesting from beginning to end. Had read all the Cadfael books except this one. Enjoyed them all!

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  • Posted February 2, 2015

    A Morbid Taste for Bones

    I have read the first three of the Cadfael books by Ellis Peters now. I like the Medieval period in which the stories take place. The author is very clever at setting her narrative hook. I will continue reading these books and recommend them to others.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2015

    A story to get lost in

    I've read all 21 Brother Cadfeal mysteries. Some of them more than once.
    Superb! Settings, beliefs, etc. true to period. Stories and characters plausible, suspenseful, engaging, funny, touching, very entertaining. Hard to find a story you can get so lost in that you lose track of time and so entertaining that you don't care. Ellis Peters has done this with all 21 Brother Cadfeal stories. REALLY wish there'd been more.

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