One Corpse Too Many (Brother Cadfael Series #2)

One Corpse Too Many (Brother Cadfael Series #2)

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One Corpse Too Many (Brother Cadfael Series #2) by Ellis Peters, Derek Jacobi

Each addition to the series is a joy. Long may the chronicles continue. -- USA Today
* A Mystery Guild Alternate Selection
In the summer of 1138, fighting engulfs Shrewsbury as King Stephen battles the Empress Maud for the throne of England. When Shrewsbury Castle falls, and its 94 defenders are hanged as traitors, Brother Cadfael is called upon to administer last rites to the dead. But his careful count reveals 95 corpses, and once again the sleuthing monk is on the trail of a murderer -- this time aided by a lovely young fugitive.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781840321500
Publisher: Hodder General Publishing Division
Publication date: 10/01/1998
Series: Brother Cadfael Series , #2
Edition description: Large Print
Product dimensions: 4.57(w) x 5.43(h) x 0.59(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. 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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