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Monk's Hood by Ellis Peters
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Sep 05, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: detective-stories, historical-fiction, books-read-in-2011
Read from September 03 to 05, 2011

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 suspected killer and his mischevious compatriot.

Also the tension between Cadfael and Prior Robert was more deftly handled, having been accentuated for TV consumption.

BTW... this is the third Cadfael tale chronologically and so far Cadfael discovers who the killer was each time but so far only one of the three was actually "brought to justice" in the eyes of the law. Even then, the traitor that Cadfael discovers is left undisclosed.

One final thought... anyone who's ever complained about the difficulty of spelling English words can thank their lucky stars they're not Welsh!
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09/05/2011 page 100
45.0% "interesting in that the suspected murderer/stepson is so much younger than in the TV program. Also that Maerig's bastardy is so widely known sooner."

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