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One Corpse Too Many (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael #2)

4.05 of 5 stars 4.05  ·  rating details  ·  7,194 ratings  ·  261 reviews
In the summer of 1138, war between King Stephen and the Empress Maud takes Brother Cadfael from the quiet world of his garden into a battlefield of passions, deceptions, and death.

Not far from the safety of the abbey walls, Shrewsbury Castle falls, leaving its ninety-four defenders, loyal to the Empress, to hang as traitors. With a heavy heart, Brother Cadfael agrees to bu
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published December 31st 1980 by William Morrow & Company (first published 1979)
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This was wonderful. I was thinking all through it that I would be giving it four stars because I really have to save the very best books for five star class winners, but then came the end which I adored. So yep, another five star book. This is as good as The Leper of Saint Giles, and that I gave five stars. With that one I was shocked that I could love a book of a mystery series. It astounded me. Now I am beginning to expect Ellis Peters to perform as one of the best of the best, and she pulled ...more
Jun 23, 2013 Laura rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Laura by: Chrissie & Gundula
It's so refreshing to read a mystery series with no gore or bad language that is mixed with a cast of characters I'd like to know in real life. They're wise, honorable people. The central character is a monk, but don't let that put you off. He becomes a real person with flaws, not some pie-in-the-sky paragon of perfection. This book gives a black-and-white movie feeling, for which I'm very grateful. It's a good, comfort read. If you're afraid the historical aspect and time period will go right o ...more
Jul 15, 2013 Jon added it
Recommended to Jon by: Ron Andrea
First Sentence: Brother Cadfael was working in the small kitchen garden by the abbot’s fishponds when the boy was first brought to him.

There is civil war in England as King Stephen and Empress Maud fight for the throne. A young man, who is not, has been brought to the abbey and placed in Cadfael’s care. Shrewsbury Castle falls to the forces of Stephen leaving 94 men to the hangman. Brother Cadfael, having been a soldier in the first crusade and seeing much worse, offers to care for and bury the
Cecily Felber
Nov 11, 2010 Cecily Felber rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
This second Brother Cadfael story is set against the backdrop of the siege of Shrewsbury Castle in 1138 during a nineteen-year conflict between two royal cousins, Stephen and Maud, for the throne of England. Cadfael tries to do the right thing amid the conflicting loyalties of the time--and find out who used the executions ordered by the King as cover for their crime. This story also introduces the enduring character of Hugh Beringar, who will enable Cadfael's participation in many future invest ...more
First story in the Main Sequence of Cadfael stories. Suggest you read "A Morbid taste for Bones" or "A Rare Benedictine" first, but you'll not be disappointed if you start here.

History, in the personage of King Stephen of England comes crashing into twelfth century Shrewsbury and Brother Cadfael's life will never be the same. But wait, there's one too many bodies. How do we know and what does it mean? And is Hugh Beringer a friend or foe? Got to read it to find out. Enjoy.

Cadfael series: excelle
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I've read this before but have no memory of the plot, so I thought I'd read it again.

Later: This is, in a way, a medieval "spy vs. spy" story, and to my mind the best in the Brother Cadfael series.

I think I'd start a reader new to the Cadfael series here, actually.
If I didn't know after reading the first Brother Cadfael, A Morbid Taste for Bones, that I wanted to read ALL of the Brother Cadfael books, I definitely know it now after reading book two! Brother Cadfael is such a smart, interesting, capable, and overall cool character! He is exactly what I look for in a mystery protagonist. And, as in book one, I loved the cast of characters surrounding Brother Cadfael as well.

Ellis Peters does a wonderful job of building the medieval world her characters liv
Really enjoyed this Brother Cadfael story, more so than the previous entry. I think the author really gave a wonderful sense of place and time and her characters felt real to me.

The mystery was an interesting one and the way Cadfael goes about solving it made me appreciate all the small details the author incorporated in the descriptions and procedures he used.

I look forward to reading the next one in the series.
Bill Rogers
The civil war between the supporters of England's two rival monarchs, King Stephen and Empress Maud, has worked its meandering way to Shrewsbury to trouble the townspeople and the Benedictine Brothers of the Abbey of Saint Peter and Saint Paul. Besieged by King Stephen, the defenders of Shresbury Castle know they're doomed. There are fugitives from so-called justice, divided loyalties aplenty as the people from nobles on down choose their sides, there's a treasure to be saved or stolen, and in t ...more
This is the 'real' start of Cadfael's journey. The reader meets Hugh and Aline and what an entrance they make. Peters also sets up a trend of Young couples and Cadfael's hand in spreading happiness when he can.

I enjoyed this novel the first time I read it long ago for the plot and the atmosphere. I enjoyed it this time around for the characters. How they started and how as a reader I saw them grow until the series end.

A really good mystery and a cast of characters worth knowing.
Most books in this series start with a year and season. This one starts in late summer of 1138. Frankly, I've learned more about the Civil War between King Stephen and the Empress Maud from these books than from almost any other source. But there are bits that aren't explained. For example, it's never explained how Henry II's sons were drowned. It would be helpful if notes or glossaries were provided, along with the maps.

I should say that many of the names are taken from the Domesday Book, or so
Megan Larson
Oct 04, 2009 Megan Larson rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like to read. :)
Recommended to Megan by: Karen Hull
Reading this book was my rebellious way of escaping from my middle ages "reading list" without wholly leaving the middle ages, and I am heartily glad for it. It really was excellent--the only complaint I had was that it was a little hard to get into, because it was so historically dense and unassuming in tone--it didn't exactly start with a "bang"--and the font was miniscule! Perhaps I was expecting this book to be as undemanding to read as many mystery novels are--even by great authors like Aga ...more
Shrewsbury Castle falls under siege during the battle between King Stephen and Empress Maud, and when Cadfael comes to help take care of the bodies he discovers one corpse too many among the dead and sets about to find the murderer. Along the way, he crosses paths with the mysterious Hugh Beringer, a man his equal in wit - but is Hugh the villain he seeks?

This is the second in the Cadfael series, which I came across after catching part of an episode on PBS, starring Sir Derek Jacobi. I was intri
Second book in the series, and yet another one that I remembered fairly well from the TV episode based on it. Actually, aside from giving us the marvelous Sean Pertwee as Hugh Beringar (and who will always be my personal image of Hugh, for all that the show replaced him at least twice with actors that weren't nearly as successful at capturing the sharp-witted sheriff), I wasn't terribly thrilled with this episode. It seemed to throw us too much into the middle of things, without enough time actu ...more

This is one story which I had seen on PBS, which inspired me to read the original. What a treasure lay waiting in my bookcase!
I found that all Ellis Peters' Brother Cadfael books are "Excellent Mysteries", even if I occasionally question her private brand of clerical or secular justice. But the literary gems of extreme value are those five novels which enhance our understanding of the protagonist's character. An additional bonus to the delectable mysterie
Mike (the Paladin)
I got this out of the library and when I started it...I realized I'd read it some time ago (I suppose that doesn't speak too well for it as I had to start it to remember, but then I'm not a mystery fan).

The Brother Cadfael books/mysteries are all reliably good reads (though at times a bit depressing). Ms. Peters (Edith Mary Pargeter) is not afraid to include a downer element to a story but she weaves a tale that will draw you in. The stories can move just a bit slowly at times but they tend to h
After finishing One Corpse Too Many I'm impressed by how well they captured the book in the television adaptation starring Derek Jacobi. If you've seen and enjoyed the adaptation, you'll enjoy the original book by Peters.

I didn't realize this was the second in the series until I added this title to my Goodreads page. Readers can join this series here at One Corpse Too Many and not suffer for neglecting the first book.

I liked the mixture of history and action. Peters evokes the time and place wi
I love that -- so far at least -- these books aren't just historical fiction with a touch of mystery, or mystery with a touch of historical fiction, but solidly grounded in both. The political situation is inextricably linked with the mystery, too, even though the mystery is not vitally important to the political situation. It's lovely.

The characters are fun, too. Cadfael, of course, is clever and good, but I rather liked the background characters, particularly Hugh and Aline. The ending made me
Wonderful series: and full of lots of interesting tidbits of information for anyone (like me) entranced by medieviality (I know that's not a word-well, it is now,I guess). I read the series with a close friend and we had a great time with it. Reading alone/together is a great way for busy adults to spend time together! I'll admit she enjoyed the prose more than I did; I had a little trouble with flow (or lack thereof) but I adored Brother Cadfael, the monks, the garden, and the murders.

It lost steam towards the end, but it was still enjoyable. I liked this better than the first one, A Morbid Taste for Bones, as I got immersed into the atmosphere a whole lot more. It's a wonderful stew, Brother Cadfael being as worldly, clever and lovable as ever. I liked the side characters too - and the red herring was very well set up. Good reading to start the new year. 4 stars.
aPriL eVoLvEs
The year is 1138 and it's war! King Stephen and Empress Maud fight each other for the right to rule England. Back and forth, the lords, their Knights and men-at-arms fight for their chosen liege. Unfortunately for the town of Shrewsbury the castle is in the hands of supporters of Maud while Stephen's men are surrounding the town and preparing to attack. The people wisely lock their doors and windows and stay out of it. The Benedictines behind their abbey walls pray for peace, and Cadfael prepare ...more
Seconda indagine di fratello Cadfael.
Estate 1138. Shrewsbury è assediata dall'esercito di re Stefano ( )e quando viene espugnata il re fa uccidere 94 ribelli. Ma quando Cadfael è incaricato di dare degna sepoltura ai cadaveri, scopre che ce n'è uno in più, che però è stato strangolato, non impiccato. Cadfael cerca di dare un nome sia al cadavere che al suo assassino, assistito da un nuovo novizio e da Hugh Beringar, cavaliere che si è appena messo al serv
Mark Robertson
This book, the second in the series, is the book in which Peters introduces Hugh Beringar, Cadfael's ally in bringing justice to murderous malefactors in their corner of England. And what an introduction it is; the two men engage in a wonderful battle of wits centered around fugitives and treasure. You can almost imagine either one of them saying to himself at some point in this story, "the game's afoot!"

There are so many story lines in this novel that it's hard to say what the central story is
Vasco Ribeiro
Mais uma aventura do Irmão Cadfael, que na realidade são duas histórias que se cruzam.
Uma é a aventura do tesouro da Imperatriz maud, a outra o assassínio de um pagem. Desilusão para mim, porque não descobri quem foi o assassino. Ele era tão simpático ao longo do livro! Mas concedo que no raciocínio da Autora estavam lá as informações todas.
História. O Castelo de Shrewsbury fiel à imperatriz maud está cercado pelas forças do seu meio irmão, o rei Stephen. Defensores da maud: Arnulf de Hesdin, Wi
Attempted this in my preemptive quest to find Christie's equal before I run out of her novels. Welp, a true whodunnit this is not. The actual "casework" amounts to maybe 40% of the book. The rest is devoted to subplots, none of which are terribly interesting and might well have benefited from editing down- we don't need to know exactly what happened from everyone's perspective when much could, instead, be intuited rather easily.

Had the perp nailed early on, anyway- even in the absence of real cl
I don't really read mysteries but I enjoy the medieval setting and the personality of Brother Caedfel. I'm sure the pace of the story is quite a bit slower than today's mysteries and even though the story line was contrived, it was quite plausible and enjoyable. This was NOT an inexplicable shocking ending based on nothing but the author's desire to trick the reader. I'll be digging up other volumes in the Brother Caedfel series.
Summer of 1138. In One Corpse Too Many, the Second Chronicle of Brother Cadfael of the Benedictine Abbey of Saint Peter and Saint Paul of Shrewsbury, the war between King Stephen and Empress Maude is raging in the vicinity of the Abbey. Brother Cadfael relucently agrees to bury ninty-four of the Empress' loyal defenders who were hanged as traitors to the crown. But Cadfael discovers an extra victim--one who was strangled.
I am (belatedly) and slowly making my way through the Brother Cadfael mysteries (and wondering how I missed these for so many years). I really really liked this particular mystery. The book takes place in Shrewsbury as Stephen and Matilda continue their civil war for the right to rule England and Normandy. When Shrewsbury falls to Stephen, he executes the garrison. The Benedictine abbey (of which Brother Cadfael is a member) then buries the dead, only to find that there was an extra corpse that ...more
One Corpse Too Many is the second Brother Cadful book I’ve read. The Brother Cadful series has a lot going for it: a unique “investigator”, the medieval time setting, a close attention to period detail. The minuses include: cardboard characters, stale dialogue, and a somewhat stilted writing style. That said, I’d recommend the book for mystery/historical fiction lovers, who want something different.
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A pseudonym used by Edith Pargeter.

Edith Mary Pargeter, OBE, BEM (September 28, 1913 in Horsehay, Shropshire, England –October 14, 1995) was a prolific author of works in many categories, especially history and historical fiction, and was also honoured for her translations of Czech classics; she is probably best known for her murder mysteries, both historical and modern. Born in the village of Hor
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Chronicles of Brother Cadfael (1 - 10 of 20 books)
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