One Corpse Too Many (Brother Cadfael Series #2)

One Corpse Too Many (Brother Cadfael Series #2)

by Ellis Peters


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ISBN-13: 9781504001960
Publisher: Open Road Integrated Media LLC
Publication date: 11/25/2014
Series: Brother Cadfael Series , #2
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 292
Sales rank: 155,420
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Ellis Peters is a pseudonym of Edith Mary Pargeter (1913–1995), a British author whose Chronicles of Brother Cadfael are credited with popularizing the historical mystery. Cadfael, a Welsh Benedictine monk living at Shrewsbury Abbey in the first half of the twelfth century, has been described as combining the curious mind of a scientist with the bravery of a knight-errant. The character has been adapted for television, and the books drew international attention to Shrewsbury and its history.
Pargeter won an Edgar Award in 1963 for  Death and the Joyful Woman , and in 1993 she won the Cartier Diamond Dagger, an annual award given by the Crime Writers’ Association of Great Britain. She was appointed officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1994, and in 1999 the British Crime Writers’ Association established the Ellis Peters Historical Dagger award, later called the Ellis Peters Historical Award.

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One Corpse Too Many (Brother Cadfael Series #2) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 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!
MrsLee on LibraryThing 3 months ago
One of my favorites. Cadfael's principles shine in this book. He won't give up the search for a murderer even though everyone else says it's futile.
Joycepa on LibraryThing 3 months ago
England has suffered through more than one civil war. This entry in the Brother Cadfael series takes place in 1138, when the 2 year old fighting between King Stephen and the Empress Maud has spilled over into the vicinity of Shrewbury. Shrewsbury Castle is held by adherents of Maud. In a final assault, Stephen's troops take the castle along with 94 of its defenders. Two of the three main leaders of the defence, FitzAlan and Adeney, have escaped; the third is hanged along with the 93 other captives.After the mass execution, the Benedictines of Shrewsbury Abbey petition Stephen to allow them to give decent burial to those who have no kin to claim them. Brother Cadfael is among those who retrieve the bodies and prepare them for burial. But at the end of that grim task, Cadfael counts 95 bodies, not 94--there is one corpse too many. And one of the dead was not hanged but strangled--clearly murdered.Peters' writing in this book is more vigorous and more intense as befits the subject. The plotting is very good, just complicated enough to keep the reader guessing. The denoument is absorbing--very well written and interesting in its basis. The overall interest in the story is enhanced by the historical circumstances--the conflict between Sttephen and Maud. The background of the rival claims--and the claimants themselves--is well integrated into the plot and never obtrusive.But Peters' strength in the series is her characterizations. She continues in this book to give us endearing characters, no matter how unpleasant some are. We meet again many of the inhabitants of the Benedictine community introduced in the first book, although in more cameo roles this time. In addition, there are new ones who will recur--Brother Mark, Cadfael's assistant, for example. Others who will play major roles in the series we meet for the first time: Hugh Beringar and Aline Siwald, even Stephen. Those who appear only in this book tend to be more one dimensional although lively enough. All in all, the characters are affectionately drawn and believable enough.A typical Ellis Peters book. Highly recommended.
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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