A Morbid Taste for Bones

A Morbid Taste for Bones

eBook - 2014
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In the first installment of an iconic historical mystery series, a medieval monk seeks a saint's remains for Shrewsbury Abbey -- but finds a murderous sinner instead. A Welsh Benedictine monk living at Shrewsbury Abbey in western England, Brother Cadfael spends much of his time tending the herbs and vegetables in the garden -- but now there's a more pressing matter. Cadfael is to serve as translator for a group of monks heading to the town of Gwytherin in Wales. The team's goal is to collect the holy remains of Saint Winifred, which Prior Robert hopes will boost the abbey's reputation, as well as his own. But when the monks arrive in Gwytherin, the town is divided over the request. When the leading opponent to disturbing the grave is found shot dead with a mysterious arrow, some believe Saint Winifred herself delivered the deadly blow. Brother Cadfael knows an earthly hand did the deed, but his plan to root out a murderer may dig up more than he can handle.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : MysteriousPress.com/Open Road, [2014]
ISBN: 9781504001922
Branch Call Number: FICTION Pet
Description: 1 online resource (207 pages)
Additional Contributors: Freading (Firm)


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CRRL_MegRaymond Feb 13, 2018

The acquisition of Saint Winifred's bones for Shrewsbury Abbey may have led to murder. (first in a series)

CRRL_MegRaymond Feb 13, 2018

The acquisition of Saint Winifred's bones for Shrewsbury Abbey may have led to murder.

The ambitious head of Shrewsbury Abbey wants to acquire Saint Winifred's sacred remains for his Benedictine order. And when the ensuing controversy leads to murder, Brother Cadfael investigates.

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CRRL_MegRaymond Feb 13, 2018

The acquisition of Saint Winifred's bones for Shrewsbury Abbey may have led to murder.

Jan 20, 2018

Great book... though with a silly ending that reminded me of the antics in "Tower Heist" (the 2012 Ben Stiller-Eddie Murphy movie).

Jan 02, 2018

Good detective story in another time. I would have enjoyed it a bit more in larger print-this paper back version is a bit tough to read especially as the "language" is a bit different-so no speed reading.

Jun 21, 2017

This will be my second go-round with Ellis Peters' Brother Cadfael books. These long-ago stories with this very interesting monk take me on a journey to a foreign land where I feel I have been before. RIP, Ms. Peters. I miss your vivid storytelling and wish you were still with us.

Feb 28, 2015

A fun story featuring a medieval monk with a past. I really enjoyed this visit of Olde England, the myths, the travel. The villagers of Gwytherin are a wonderful group.
There's not much I can say without giving away a mystery. The adventures of Father Cadfael and the others is a fun, human, warm story of murder, friendship, faith, hope, truth.

Aug 29, 2013

This story ,being the first in the chronicles,must be approached in the knowledge that brother Cadfael had just begun his fictional life.His character develops with each respective story,as do all the characters who repeatedly survive from chronicle to chronicle.The more one gets to know Cadfael with each successive story, the more endearing or distasteful he becomes.Some may find him to be thoroughly unacceptable for his order,others, that he is too sanguine.
Regardless of how one embraces Cadfael,Ms.Pargeter was an accurate historian and researcher so any history lover will find the chronicles an absorbing journey.She was also a devoted linguist so old fashioned in her language which will require a good dictionary be kept nearby and the interest there to use it.These are remarkable stories if one is prepared to persevere with them.

Nov 09, 2012

Having seen a number of good recommendations for this novel, I looked forward to reading it, but alas I couldn't get into the story. I say this regretfully since I don't easily give up on books. It doesn't help that the narrative takes its time to get going, with this Brother talking to that Prior using a stilted, high language. Even the words themselves feel slow.

Not necessarily a bad book, just not for me.

Jul 11, 2011

I labored a bit to get through this short book. Brother Cadfael is clever, and mildly irreverent. The book succeeded in surprising me with the end, but other aspects of the story, specifically, the characters were not as engaging.


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