The Confession of Brother Haluin (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael #15)
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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...more
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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...more
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...more
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...more
Cadfael series: excellent historical fiction. Ellis Peters draws the reader into the twelfth century with modern story telling but holds us there with a richness of detail which evokes a time and place which might as well be mythic. Though the foreground of each chronicle is a murder mystery, behind it a nation and a culture are woven in a wondrous tapestry.
BTW: I read these out of orde...more
Thankfully, it is a short book because it is very boring in spots. The dialogue is not up to previous volumes' standards. Very little action and/or suspe...more
In this book, another, more pious view is much more evident due to Brother Haluin, which somewhat dampened my enjoyment of the story. Not enough to seriously affect my love for the book or story, just enough to roll m...more
I'm fascinated with the Medieval period. (I chose the Medieval period as my Senior thesis at college.) Love getting the combination of this period, the interesting historical facts and the herbal lore. My only critique of the series would be that I'm nearing the point where I've read everything in the series!
Nothing could have been further from the truth. To be honest, the story could have been set at any time in history - the setting has no relevance to the plot whatsoever.
I suspect that as no. 15 in the series, Peters may have been getting rather bored of his theme.
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...more