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Le capuchon du moine (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael #3)

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À première vue, c'est le crime parfait. Un riche propriétaire lègue ses biens à l'abbaye de Shrewsbury en échange d'une paisible retraite... et meurt en dégusta nt une perdrix ! Quelle main criminelle a versé dans le plat quelques gouttes de poison provenant de la pharmacie de frère Cadfael ? Les suspects ne manquent pas, à commencer par les héritiers de la victime. .
Mass Market Paperback, 287 pages
Published 2001 by 10/18 (first published 1980)
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May 30, 2013 Chrissie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chrissie by: Manybooks
I really, really liked the book, but I LOVE Cadfael. Cadfael gets ten stars. These books may be classified as stand-alones,but I believe you should read them in order, starting with the second book. Why? Because it is important to know who each one of the characters really is, their souls, what makes them tick, how they think and behave. In book two I came to understand who Beringar was. Book three has now taught me, showed me, who Cadfael is. I have seen the choices he makes, and I absolutely l ...more
Jason Koivu
This is a yeoman's work mystery with a middle ages veil draped over it. Seriously, Ellis Peters' Monk's Hood felt like a throwaway whodunnit set in the medieval period. I know these are very popular, popular enough to have a tv series made from them, but I just don't see it. The whole thing could've been done in any setting at any time.

Being that this is the only book in the Cadfael series I've read, with no plans on reading more at this point, I'd be happy to hear from any fans that are willin
Mar 05, 2015 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent! As always, Brother Cadfael's wisdom shines through in this mystery. He does not rush to conclusions or believe coincidences but muddles through what clues there are to find the truth. And being a Brother, his opinion of the culprit isn't always as harsh as those of the law, compassion playing a large part in his decision.

The author does a wonderful job of putting the reader into the 12th century and uses dialogue that might have reflected that time period as well.

These stories are a
I have a feeling that this series will be like the The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series for me. Every book is solid, they give you the warm, cozy feeling, you enjoy the atmosphere and the immersion into another time and/or place, and what more can you say?

I almost feel this series would be stronger without the murder mystery aspect. I really enjoy feeling like I'm right there in the 12th century, working with Brother Cadfael and his herbs and potions. He is a decent man, and the book is ki
Sep 26, 2015 Anne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having kind of read this series backwards (or, you know, in no particular order at all), it's fun to go back to the earliest ones and see what changed later on. Monk's-Hood might be the most standard whodunit in the whole series, with Brother Cadfael taking a pretty active "detective" role. There's no love story, no spunky girl who turns out to have the most brains and courage of anybody, and if there's maybe one more convenient coincidence than is necessary...well, that's okay. I thoroughly enj ...more
Webster Bull
Apr 16, 2014 Webster Bull rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the third in the series of mysteries solved by 12th-century Benedictine monk Brother Cadfael, though only my first. Pushed to the series by a friend but bogged down in an ink-and-paper copy of the first volume, I only got hooked when I began listening to the Audiobooks version of volume three. Narrator Stephen Thorne manages the English and Welsh accents and characters with great style, and makes the lead character engaging and sympathetic.

The story has many of the attractions of Sigrid
The third in the Cadfael series. Once again a treat and a pleasure to read, even for someone who's familiar with the television series.

The books are more richly realized and the characters more well drawn. The plots are bit more complex with the televised version being simplified to fit in the available time-slot.

Once again the book contains characters that never made it to the TV program and this time was much funnier than the series ever was. This was mostly due to the younger age of the sus
May 09, 2016 Ron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(third reading: May 2016)

“Every time I come near you I find myself compounding a felony.”

One of the best of the twenty chronicles. I am not one to judge the merits of murder mysteries, but as historical fiction this takes the reader right into the history and culture of twelfth century England and Wales. Improves with subsequent readings.

“What seems to be an easy life in contemplation can be hard enough when it comes to reality.”

Along the way Pargeter treats us to multiple suspects, blind allies
Dec 27, 2015 Petra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the best of the series so far. I love Father Cadfael; his outlook, his thoughts....everything about him.
This mystery brought out some interesting facts of law in the medieval times of England and Wales. I enjoy how Ellis Peters brings out the history and village life-styles.
The murder in this book is interesting and the book kept me thinking about circumstances throughout.
I enjoy these books. I like Brother Cadfael, I like the setting of a Benedictine abbey, and I like the simpler times. I also like how it makes no bones of the fact that human nature is timeless (kind of hard to - since these books are murder mysteries). This book is no exception. Actually, it was an exception in the sense that I didn't really get on board with Cadfael's confidence in the end. But I'll let it slide, because I love these books anyway.

Another thing that always strikes me when I re
Another excellent Cadfael mystery, this finds one of Cadfael's potions used by someone else to poison Gervase Bonel, a wealthy man who is in the process of leaving his manor to the Abbey in Shrewsbury; that abbey which Cadfael calls home. Cadfael and his novice assistant, Brother Mark, must try to solve the murder. Added to the storyline, the wife of the dead man was once betrothed to Cadfael many years ago, during a time before Cadfael became a Benedictine monk. As well, the old Prior of the Sh ...more
Elis Madison
When Brother Cadfael is called to the bedside of a dying man, he makes some startling discoveries. First, the man was poisoned, by means of a unique blend of monkshood and other substances, which was formulated by Cadfael himself. Second, the man's wife is none other than the woman Cadfael once loved, before he went off to the Crusades. When her son is accused of the crime, she begs Cadfael for help.

I saw the whodunit coming right away, but it was still fun to see Cadfael piece the facts togethe
Cecily Felber
Nov 11, 2010 Cecily Felber rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
This next wonderful offering in the Brother Cadfael series sees Cadfael encountering his past and also brings the culture of neighboring Wales--still a distinct country with its own laws, customs, and rulers--to the forefront.

Brother Cadfael (pronounced Cad-file) has definitely entered the ranks of great fiction detectives alongside Sherlock Holmes and Lord Peter Wimsey. But these stories are more than just murder mysteries in medieval drag. Ellis Peters actually lived in Shrewsbury, England, wh
Feb 12, 2013 Nathan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was intrigued about the idea of a murder mystery set in the 12th century. Having just listened to an audio book about the history of English crime fiction, whose author stated that crime fiction required a few things, one of which was an authority to resolve the crime. In this case, the sheriff provided that function, and I'm sure if I could recall the other criteria, Peters would also have placed them feasibly into this story.

Cadfael is a monk, contentedly providing medications to residents o
Jul 04, 2008 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, historical
Now that I've finished Monk's Hood, I have found a new appreciation for Ellis Peters' work. After one death too many, I was expecting a rather static setting that would seem to change, but in truth, it would really change from book to book. I am definitely the product of watching too many American sitcoms and am glad my expectation was not met.

The story begins with Father Abbot Heribert leaving Shrewsbury to a council being held to reassess the leadership of the Church in England. He believes is
Joyce Lagow
Apr 20, 2010 Joyce Lagow rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Respite from the civil war between Maud and Stephen, however temporary, has been restored to Shrewsbury as Christmas approaches. Life in the abbey proceeds as usual when suddenly Brother Cadfael is called to the bedside of Gervase Bonel, who has recently nearly completed the process of turning over his lands to the abbey in return for a guaranteed living under its care. To make matters more interesting, Bonel's wife--to Cadfael's complete surprise ins none other than Cadfael's first love, Richil ...more
I first came across Cadfael many years ago through the ITV series starring Derek Jacobi. Normally I don’t mention the tv shows or movies that inspired me to read a book as it doesn’t seem relevant to my reviews. In this case I happened to get an audiobook version which was read by Derek and while I loved the book, the fact that the audio version brought back great memories of the show is not to be denied.

Abbot Heribert is called away to account for his management of the abbey. In his absence a r
Lauren Albert
Feb 16, 2016 Lauren Albert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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Nov 19, 2013 Arlomisty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I really enjoyed this book. Historical fiction is some of my favorite books to read. This was number three in the series and my first Cadfael book I've read, but reading the previous two wasn't necessary to figure out what was going on. I've since ordered book one and two off amazon to catch up on the story so far. This is a HUGE series... I like the character of Cadfael... a monk who once served in the crusades.. a herbalist who uses his medieval remedies to serve the local town of Shrewsbury.. ...more
Feb 20, 2015 Margaret rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Classically wonderful mystery set at shrewsbury abbey. And performed by Derek Jacobi. What could be better?

Cadfael investigates the poisoning death of the husband of a woman he had lived as a young man. Mistaken identities. Trickery. Herbalism. And of course the mystery is solved.
This series never fails to delight me. Cadfael is such a fabulous character, and the stories are so details and well written that even re-reading them is an enormous pleasure. In this book, Cadfael discovers a lady love from his youth is living just outside of the abbey when he is called to the bedside of her dying husband. But when it is discovered that her husband has been poisoned, and with a poison mixed in Cadfael's very own workshop, he just has to get involved. I love how human he is, and ...more
Dec 31, 2015 TheAromaofBooks rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this third Brother Cadfael book, the brothers at the Benedictine Abbey at Shrewsbury are in a state of uncertainty. Their Father Abbot has been called to a meeting, and there is a strong possibility that he will return without the authority with which he is leaving. Meantime, he feels that he must leave several pieces of business unfinished, for the new Abbot may not have the same inclinations as the old. One of these items is the acceptance of an estate in exchange for the life-long care of ...more
I began this year by reading Eco's The Name of the Rose and Connie Willis' Doomsday Book, both set in the fourteenth century, which gave me a taste to read more of the delightful Brother Cadfael mystery series by Ellis Peters.
Monk's Hood takes place in the Advent season of 1138. The Abbot of Shrewsbury has backed the wrong side in the conflict between Maude and Stephen and has been recalled to Rome, leaving unfinished business at the abbey--the most important being signing paperwork in which Ge
Jan 31, 2016 Beverly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brother Cadfael, the herbalist for the Shrewsbury Abbey, is once again drawn into solving a murder in order to protect the innocent. Gervase Bonel and his wife, Richildis, have to come to live on the abbey grounds. When Gervase ends up dead after a meal with his family, the law believes that his step-son Edwin did it by adding monk's hood oil to his special dish sent from the Prior. When Brother Cadfael was called to the scene to investigate, he recognizes Richildis, as a woman he intended to ma ...more
Phil Evans
Dec 28, 2015 Phil Evans rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The best Cadfael of the first 3 I think, although in fairness, One Corpse Too Many was perhaps almost as good, except that I knew enough of Cadfael already to know which of the two suspects must be innocent!

Monk's Hood features a death by poisoning that you will see coming a mile off (at least, as soon as you hear that Monk's Hood - the book's title - is poisonous), but is wonderfully unclear. There are at least 3 viable suspects, plenty of tension and worries, and also some amusing abbey politi
Jan 20, 2015 May rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This third installment in the Brother Cadfael mysteries lives up to its predecessors. A man is poisoned with one of Brother Cadfael's concoctions, and his stepson is suspected of his death. Brother Cadfael is the only one who believes in the stepson's innocence, and he unravels the truth about the murder step by step.
As with the first two mysteries, the period detail is well-researched and accurate, but so well integrated into the book that you do not ever get the sense that you're reading a his
Apr 20, 2016 Judy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is another win for Cadfael. Ellis Peters again shows us life in the year 1100. A murder takes place on the priory grounds. Cadfael is called to see if he can save the victim. When he arrives he finds the victim pass saving. But he also finds a woman whom he knew in his youth. She is someone that he had made a commitment to before he left for the crusades.

She is relieved to see him because her son is being accused of killing his stepfather. She apologizes to Cadfael for not waiting for him.
Roger Verstraete
3.5/5 meaning: Above Average, it could certainly be better but I liked it enough to continue reading this author
Brother Cadfael: Herbalist Monk at Benedictine monastery in Shrewsbury, England, c.1138 AD.
Abbot Heribert: Abbot of as Benedictine monastery in Shrewsbury, England, c.1138 AD. Getting old and tired, retreating more into prayer.
Prior Robert Pennant: 51 year old, regal, silver haired prior who feels he should be the new Abbot.
King Stephen: Pope Innocent has acknowledged Stephe
Nov 01, 2015 Lauri rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kahtlusaluseid oli kuidagi vähe ja ma arvasin tegeliku mõrvari ära veel enne kui mõrv juhtunud oli. Ajaloolise romaanina ju päris tore kuigi mina ei usu et aastal 1138 või 1139 Inglismaa ja Walesi vahel selline asjalik omavaheline kohtute pädevuse üle vaidlemine ja jalutuskäiguna üle piiri käimine toimus, pigem oli domineerivaks "nuiaga pähe" suhtlemine, arvaksin (kuid ei tea kindlalt kuna ajalugu pole mu suurim huviobjekt). Et nagu selline 20 sajandi viimase veerandi suhtlus kantud üle varakesk ...more
Feb 16, 2015 Jo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, adult
In the third book in the Chronicles of Brother Cadfael, someone from Brother Cadfael’s past shows up—his first love, Richildis. Her husband has been poisoned, and the suspicion has fallen upon her only son. Richildis enlists Brother Cadfael’s help to root out the murderer.

I’m enjoying this new (to me) mystery series a great deal. I like the philosophical bent of Brother Cadfael, as well as the historical, monastic setting. One fun aspect of the series is that the plots seems to have a bit of car
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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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  • St. Peter's Fair (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael, #4)
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