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A Morbid Taste for Bones by Ellis Peters
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Mar 20, 2010

it was ok
Read from March 20 to 22, 2010

This book is a mystery set among the superstions generated by religion and the history of the Catholic Church in Old England and Wales. The hero is Brother Cadfael, monk with a history of sdventure and violence, who gave up his life of magic, romance and derring-do to tend the Abbots Garden, and make peace with the Lord. Although, he is in a mideviel setting, he thinks of the Church as a modern member. accepting its faults and the flaws of its members including their need for power and recognition,

These insights and his backgroung as a knight errant helps him solve murder mysteries, even where the clery may be involved. Lay people have no ability to charge or investigate the clergy and only the high authorites and the clery itself can rout out scoundrels of the cloth.

This is part of a series of mystery books that became a TV series in Britian. It is a look into the culture and the restrictive society in unmerry Olde England.

In this book, the competition for Abbeys to have their own Saint and that Saints bones as relics, leads the Abbey to which Cadfael belongs to undertake a pilgrimage to Wales and there demand release of a local saints bones to Cadfeals Abbey. This Abbey is not above bribeing the local priest and community leaders to acheive the release of the saints bones and when the locals refuse, their religious leader is mysteriously murdered on his way to a meeting with the Abbott.
First blame appears to land on the Clery and then on a local frustrated lover who seeks the hand of the local cleric's daughter.
Who has committed murder and for what purpose? For flesh or for bones? Only Cadfael is in the postion and has the skills to solve this mistrey.

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