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A Morbid Taste for Bones by Ellis Peters
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Sep 03, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: historical-fiction, mysteries

This series offers excellent mysteries, compelling characters, with early medieval England (well researched) for a background. You learn social history as you enjoy the puzzles and good stories.
The first of the Brother Cadfael mysteries, this novel deals with the murder of a man who opposes Cadfael’s superior in a fight over where the relics of an early virginal saint will repose, in their traditional home in an obscure Welsh chapel, or at the Abbey at Shrewsbury, where they can become an object of pilgrimage and veneration. The suspenseful story that includes pinches of romance, devotion, and humor, as well as truly unique characters, portrays 12th Century England superbly. The author is a noted Medieval scholar. Positive. Caution: the series is aimed at adults, not adolescents. Many themes of later novels are ADULT themes, including rape, abuse of various sorts, etc. They are all positive, ultimately.


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