Shelf Control

This is a weekly feature that I borrowed from Lisa at Bookshelf Fantasies, and celebrates the books waiting on your TBR pile. All you do to participate is pick one book from your TBR every Wednesday and write a post about it.

Today, my pick is another historical mystery.

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This is the 10th book in author Ellis Peters’ mystery series featuring the monk/detective Brother Cadfael. It is a time of great celebration of Shrewsbury Abbey, being the fourth anniversary of the transfer of St Winifred’s bones to the abbey. Pilgrim’s are coming from far and wide. A knight, a supporter of Empress Maud, has been murder at quite some distance from the abbey at Winchester but Cadfael soon finds this event is not quite unconnected with the events at the abbey. And of course, he must find out who was responsible.

When and where I bought it: Earlier this earlier, March or April. This is a second-hand copy ordered online.

A little about the author:  Edith Pargeter who wrote under the pseudonym Ellis Peters, among others was a British writer of many works, including novels and short stories. The Cadfael series features the Benedictine monk, Brother Cadfael, who has when younger, travelled to the East when fighting in the Crusades. There he also got much of the knowledge that enables him to practice as a herbalist now. The series comprises of 20 books, some (at least one any way) of which also take us into Cadfael’s  former life.

Why I want to read it: Essentially because I really like this series (I’ve read four or five of them so far)-the mysteries themselves are fairly interesting, as are the characters, but more than that the background of life in the twelfth century, and the civil war between King Stephen and Empress Maud is what I enjoy (or, at least, like to read about) since this was a period of history I didn’t/don’t really know much about. Brother Cadfael himself is a really likeable character, as well.

Have you read this one or any others in the Cadfael series? How did you like it/them? Any you recommend? Looking forward to hearing your thoughts!

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