The Potter's Field (Brother Cadfael Series #17)

The Potter's Field (Brother Cadfael Series #17)

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by Ellis Peters, Derek George Jacobi
     
 

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In October of 1142, a local landlord gives the Potter's Field to the local clergy. The monks begin to plow it, and the blades turn up the long tresses of a young woman, dead over a year. Then the arrival of a novice who fled from an abbey ravaged by civil war in East Anglia complicates life even further for Brother Cadfael.See more details below

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In October of 1142, a local landlord gives the Potter's Field to the local clergy. The monks begin to plow it, and the blades turn up the long tresses of a young woman, dead over a year. Then the arrival of a novice who fled from an abbey ravaged by civil war in East Anglia complicates life even further for Brother Cadfael.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Peter's 17th mystery featuring Brother Cadfael finds the 12th-century monk at his most sober and reflective, but his detecting talents are as dazzling as ever. When a newly tilled field recently given to the Benedictine abbey yields the hastily buried body of a young woman, Brother Cadfael takes a keen and immediate interest in the situation. Ruald, the former tenant of the land, entered the abbey as a novice a year earlier, abandoning his beautiful, young and extremely resentful wife, Generys. She has since mysteriously disappeared. Though it seems likely that the body is hers, Ruald is quickly cleared of suspicion via an unlikely source. Sulien Blount, a monk fleeing homeward from the devastating civil war near his own abbey, has solid proof that Generys was recently seen alive. When a second suspect, an itinerant peddlar, is arrested in connection with the murder, Sulien is again able to clear him. Brother Cadfael, deeply troubled, feels that Sulien knows much more than he is saying. An unusual air of melancholy pervades this novel as war, illness and human frailties take their tolls on the weary citizens of Shrewsbury. Created with Peters's consummate skill, Brother Cadfael's world is here seen through a darker glass. (Dec.)
Library Journal
A local landlord gives the abbey of St. Peter and St. Paul a field formerly owned by a potter named Ruald, now a monk himself. When plowing begins, however, the body of a woman is turned up. Can this be Ruald's former wife, the beautiful young Generys? Only bones remain (and even Ruald cannot identify her for certain), but the troubled Benedictine Brothers can see that she was carefully buried with her hands arranged to hold a small cross made of sticks. Is there any doubt of the woman's identity? Or who killed her? Brother Cadfael thinks there is and thus begins his 17th investigation. Stephen Thorne, a veteran of the Old Vic and over 2000 BBC broadcasts, lends his wonderful voice to one of Cadfael's more introspective and brooding adventures, recounting the effects of war, death, duty, and the plight of women during a violent and chaotic time. A particularly rewarding listening experience, a treat for all Cadfael fans. Highly recommended for all libraries.-Barbara Perkins, Irving P.L., TX Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9780787103750
Publisher:
NewStar Media, Incorporated
Publication date:
03/28/1996
Series:
Brother Cadfael Series, #17
Edition description:
Abridged
Product dimensions:
4.29(w) x 7.03(h) x 0.69(d)

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