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Baker & Taylor
When Gervase Bonel, a guest at the Shrewsbury Abbey, takes ill, Brother Cadfael, an expert herbalist, runs to his side, only to discover that his patient has been poisoned by monk's hood oil taken from Cadfael's own laboratory. Reprint.

Hachette Book Group
When a visitor to the abbey dies, Brother Cadfael faces a personal drama. For not only was the man poisoned by monk's hood oil, made in Cadfael's own laboratory, the dead man's widow is also the woman to whom Cadfael was betrothed before he took his vows.

Publisher: New York : Mysterious Press, 1992, c1980.
ISBN: 9780446403009
Characteristics: 210 p. : map ; 18 cm.


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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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