Monk's Hood

Monk's Hood

eBook - 2014
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Brother Cadfael is confounded when his own potion is used to kill his former love's new husband Gervase Bonel is a guest of Shrewsbury Abbey of Saint Peter and Saint Paul when he suddenly takes ill. Luckily, the abbey boasts the services of the clever and kindly Brother Cadfael, a skilled herbalist. Cadfael hurries to the man's bedside, only to be confronted with two surprises: In Master Bonel's wife, the good monk recognizes Richildis, whom he loved before he took his vows-and Master Bonel has been fatally poisoned by monk's-hood oil from Cadfael's stores. The sheriff is convinced that the murderer is Richildis's son, Edwin, who hated his stepfather. But Cadfael, guided in part by his concern for a woman to whom he was once betrothed, is certain of her son's innocence. Using his knowledge of both herbs and the human heart, Cadfael deciphers a deadly recipe for murder.
Publisher: [United States] : Road : Made available through hoopla, 2014.
ISBN: 9781497671119
Branch Call Number: eBook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital


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May 18, 2019

Even if I hadn't enjoyed the easy-going mystery, this would have been a worthwhile read for the sake of its wealth of cultural/historical/linguistic insight into 12th century Shropshire, deeply flavored by neighboring Wales -- not to mention the many details of daily monastic life and a collection of colorful characters. You get a lot for your money with this book: an engaging protagonist; a well crafted whodunit; a neat set of maps that I found myself referring back to many times; and a helpful glossary of Welsh words. The amount of research the author had to do to create this series must have been very extensive. I intend to search out a couple more of the Brother Cadfael mysteries.


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