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The Confession of Brother Haluin (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael #15)

4.08  ·  Rating Details ·  3,019 Ratings  ·  119 Reviews
Brother Cadfael is witness to a shocking near-death confession and accompanies a fellow Benedictine on a dangerous quest for redemption.
Paperback, 205 pages
Published April 5th 2001 by Warner Books (NY) (first published 1988)
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Lyn Elliott
Aug 23, 2016 Lyn Elliott rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime
This is a rare Brother Cadfael mystery that I haven't read before or seen on television, with the wonderful Derek Jacobi as Cadfael. It stood out as a new story, which held an element of surprise and though I did guess the central deadly deed (not the murder itself) well before it was revealed, I thoroughly enjoyed the unfolding of the story.
As always, Cadfael is dealing with moral and ethical dilemmas along with solving crimes and Ellis Peters uses her great knowledge of the period to create p
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Stephen
Though I read this back in 2005, I recently re-read it so as to continue my pilgrimage through the Cadfael novels in order. I enjoyed it even more this time around.

This time Cadfael leaves Wales behind and heads East toward Hales and Elford in the company of a lame Benedictine Brother Haluin. Together they hobble (literally as well as figuratively) through a decades old mystery only to encounter the book's only murder well toward the end. While the exact identity of that killer is never unmaske
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Dagny
Jul 20, 2012 Dagny rated it really liked it
Shelves: peters-ellis
It is the winter of 1142 in The Confession of Brother Haluin, the Fifteenth Chronicle of Brother Cadfael. A heavy snowfall has threatened the roof at the guest hall. While the Brothers are working on repairs, Brother Haluin falls. His injury is so serious that Abbot Radulfus and Brother Cadfael hear his confession. He had an evil story to tell and when he doesn't die, but recovers, Brother Haluin decides to make a journey of expiation. Cadfael accompanies him on this treacherous trip.
Yvonne
Jun 06, 2015 Yvonne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like the Brother Cadfael books, with their fascinating peek into medieval times, herbal knowledge, and the awareness that people don't change, only time and circumstances do. This one is the story about utter selfishness and its power to create havoc in more than one life. Brother Cadfael is his usual sensible compassionate self.
M Christopher
Mar 28, 2013 M Christopher rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Clearly, it was a mistake to try to read all of the Cadfael Chronicles in relatively short order. I was less than a quarter through this entry when I realized that I'd already figured out exactly how the rest of the book was going to go. By the time I was a third of the way through, I was annoyed at the leisurely pace. At the halfway point, I'd had enough. I read the last sentence of the four or five remaining chapters and called it quits -- I'd been exactly right.

I don't know if the author was
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Lori
Dec 14, 2008 Lori rated it really liked it
I began the Brother Cadfael chronicles years ago in paperback form and enjoy them even more with Stephen Thorne reading them to me! These are genteel adventures that transport you back to the 12th century, very well researched. The literary quality of this series is always top notch and I could listen to this narrator all day every day. I would recommend beginning with the first 2 from this series in order, A Morbid Taste for Bones followed by One Corpse Too Many. They set up the rest of the ser ...more
Ann
Sep 22, 2012 Ann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was, so far, my favorite of the Brother Cadfael Chronicles ... If a murder myster could possibly be described as "sweet", this is what comes to my mind when I try to review this book. The brother who is highlighted in this book came to the Shrewsbury monastery of St. Peter and St. Paul at age 18 and lived an impeccable life of reverent service to God. It wasn't until he was helping clean the snow off the rectory during a particularly hard winter that he falls, comes near to death, and unbu ...more
Spuddie
May 05, 2013 Spuddie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: keepers
A re-read of this fifteenth book in the classic medieval mystery series featuring the herbalist/monk, Brother Cadfael. Cadfael accompanies much younger monk Brother Haluin, recently crippled in a near-fatal accident involving an ice dam on the roof collaspsing on him, to a manor home several days' journey from Shrewsbury as Haluin vows to make peace with a woman whom he believes he has wronged. Traveling through perilous weather on crutches, the going is slow, and the response is not what is exp ...more
Gwyn
Jul 03, 2011 Gwyn rated it liked it
The Confession of Brother Haluin reminds me of the only other mediocre Cadfael book I've read, An Excellent Mystery, in that is slow-paced, does not have particularly engaging characters, and is not really much of a mystery at all. It also reminds me of the last Cadfael book, Brother Cadfael's Penance, in that it's not much of a historical mystery but is still pretty solid historical fiction. True, Confession is not as good as Penance, but I advised readers to skip An Excellent Mystery and I wil ...more
Anne
Jan 09, 2015 Anne rated it really liked it
This one was slightly more predictable than An Excellent Mystery--I managed to guess the conclusion, though once again it wasn't an actual whodunit. Peters really does that slow build-up thing so well. The titular confession happens in the first twenty pages and I sat there thinking, what is this all about? I appreciated that Brother Cadfael was more involved in figuring everything out, but also that he's not a detective in the sense that he gives the final revelation. He served as witness, and ...more
Sandi
One of my favorite series. As always, well plotted with interesting characters and situations. Listened to the audio version read by Patrick Tull who is perfect for these books.
Nathan Albright
Nov 07, 2016 Nathan Albright rated it it was amazing
This particular volumes gives a couple of twists to the usual formula of a Brother Cadfael mystery. For one, the mystery itself is a slow-developing one, rich in meaning and grace, but it is nearly halfway through the course of this novel before the mystery has been made explicit, although the clever reader will be a bit ahead of the curve. More importantly, though, this novel depends to a great deal on divine providence so obvious that its implications are staggering. At every turn in this nove ...more
Andrew Doohan
More than just your typical Cadfael medieval murder mystery, this volume in the ongoing series of The Cadfael Chronicles also features a storyline of the recognition of wrong, of conversion, and salvation. And it is this part of the storyline that is the focus of this review.

Faced with pending mortality, one of the protagonists recognises a great wrong in his distant past and, after recovery, resolves to make a suitable penance. The resulting pilgrimage is a difficult one - and features the obli
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Roxana
Oct 24, 2016 Roxana rated it it was ok
Shelves: 101-in-1001
A reluctant and high 2.5 stars. I love the Cadfael series, but this isn't Ellis Peters's best. The reader figures out way too early what's really going on, while Cadfael spends endless pages wondering why this character or that looks so gosh darn familiar. The murder, as happens sometimes with Peters, is secondary and almost unnecessary to the central plot, and just as predictably and easily solved as the real mystery. The story takes excessively long to get on its feet. (Pun unintended, sorry B ...more
Thiago Braun
Dec 14, 2016 Thiago Braun rated it it was ok
Li esse livro quando não tinha nada o que fazer numa sala de descanso. Meh.
Doug
Oct 24, 2016 Doug rated it really liked it
A nice change of pace from the typical murder-at-the-beginning formula. Enjoyed this one a lot!
Qube
Oct 14, 2016 Qube rated it really liked it
Nice little mellow read. It's hardly a mystery but I enjoyed it. Well written,
Valerie
As usual in this series, this book begins with a date (December 1142), and with a summary of faraway events in the ongoing civil war between Empress Maud and King Stephen. "All to do over again" is the essence of it. But there's a hint of a possible solution, with the arrival of the 10-year-old Henry Plantagenet.

The accident that makes Brother Haluin fear his death is at hand occurs only after Hugh Beringar leaves. And it's the accident that begins the shocking part, which I must warn those of
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Cynthia
Excellent mystery
Denise
Sep 28, 2013 Denise rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: medieval, mystery
Brother Cadfael is a 12th century Benedictine monk who retired to the monastery of St Peter and St Paul at Shrewsbury in England after having been a Crusader and a sailor. He now tends the abbey's herb garden to make healing remedies and spices for cooking. Using his knowledge of human nature and the human body, he often solves murder mysteries. He is an honest enough soul.

This fifteenth chronicle of Brother Cadfael opens in December, 1142, with the fulfillment of ominous predictions from the we
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Kathryn
Jun 29, 2010 Kathryn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2006, reread-books, 2010
1st Recorded Reading: June 19, 2006.

I am coming along nicely in my quest to read all the Brother Cadfael mysteries; this book that I finished last night is #15 of the series, and there are #20 novels (plus one book of three short stories) altogether. I found this particular book to be of a slightly different order than usual; the obligatory dead body does not show up until late in the book, and the mystery mainly has to do with events that happened some eighteen years ago. (And for those not wis
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Nancy
This is the first dud of the series so far, but for a Cadfael book a dud is still a comfortable three stars.

I didn't particularly like the titular Brother Haluin. He's so unbending, so intent in exacting every ounce of penance he believes is his due for whatever his faults. He's reminds me of both Brother Columbanus (A Morbid Taste for Bones) and Brother Eluric (The Rose Rent). Haluin has Columanus's pride but lacks his nearly naked ambition. Eluric also (figuratively) flogged himself for his si
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Katya
Sep 14, 2016 Katya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I saw one of the twists coming from a long ways off, but it was enjoyable to watch it unfold, and I wasn't sure how certain interpersonal things would resolve until they did...although in retrospect it probably should've been a no-brainer, considering the facts.

Audiobook note: Patrick Tull isn't a bad narrator, but he's not my favorite, either.
Ryan
Nov 21, 2015 Ryan rated it liked it

A cold, cold case, The Confession of Brother Haluin, set in the 1100's deals with a mysterious death of 18 years earlier. Brothers Gadfael and Haluin return to the scene of the crime intending a pilgrimige of atonement.

I would have rated this novel much higher, if there was more... what do I call it?... stress, pressure, conflict - The Confession of Brother Haluin is a medievil cozy murder mystery. [Definition of Cozy mystery: "Cozy mysteries, also referred to simply as "cozies," are a subgenre

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Sue
Dec 06, 2013 Sue rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, england, medieval
While helping with roof repairs at the Abbey, Brother Haluin was trying to clear snow from another part of the roof when he slips and falls the 40 feet from roof to ground with snow and ice coming down with him. He is so seriously injured that no one expects him to recover. Even Brother Haluin expects it's the end and makes his final confession. But recover he does and determines to make a pilgrimage in response to his confession. It will be a struggle because of the injuries he sustained. Cadf ...more
Linda
Sep 22, 2011 Linda rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
In the particularly bad winter of 1142, the guest hall at the Abbey of St. Peter and St. Paul had lost part of its roof, and Brother Haluin sustained grave injuries in a fall from the roof while trying to repair it. In what Haluin thought was a deathbed confession, he told a priest and Brother Cadfael of a long-ago love affair with Bertrade deClary. The girl had become pregnant and died during an attempted abortion. But Haluin recovered, and learned to walk with crutches on his misshapen feet. ...more
D.w.
Dec 12, 2009 D.w. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
When you can see some of what is coming at you for pages in a mystery, then it is not doing what it should be doing. This is the problem I found with The Confession of Brother Haluin. Previously when Peters has sent Hugh Beringar to court then we have court intrigue find its way to Shrewbury.

This time, we do not. We find very little in the way of additional detail about Saint Peter and St. Paul's though we do hear about the brothers who work in the scriptorium as that is where Haluin has found h
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Malcolm
Jan 02, 2016 Malcolm rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
For his 15th outing Brother Cadfael finds himself on a mission of atonement with his fellow monk, Brother Haluin, whose recovery from his death-bed confession results in a need to act, to put right a youthful but major moral breach. His decisiveness leads to murder and exposes family duplicity and mistrust and results in an unexpected but thoroughly plausible form of settlement.

This has a different tone from many of the other Cadfael mysteries, where the crime at the outset, at least, appears t
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Vickie
Sep 27, 2015 Vickie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: listened-to
This is one of my favorite mystery series, historic or otherwise. I loved watching the series on BBC, so much so that I bought it as a boxed set so I can watch whenever I need a fix of Derek Jacobi as the serene Brother Cadfael. I also have the series on the keeper shelf in omnibus form. It's not often that a I find a new-to-me story in the series, but I did when this arrived from Simply Books and I put in the disk player in the MINI.
I am not as fond of the Brother Cadfael on-the-road stories.
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