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The Potter's Field


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In his seventeenth chronicle Brother Cadfael is asked to help identify a corpse found on Abbey land and discovers that it is the least baffling facet of a mysterious murder.

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Ellis Peters is one of the pseudonyms of Edith Pargeter who wrote several books under her own name and also Peter Benedict, Jolyon Carr and John Redfern. She was the recipient of the Crime Writers Association and the Cartier Diamond Dagger Award. She died in 1995.


In Peters's 17th mystery featuring Brother Cadfael, the 12th-century monk takes investigative action when a young woman's body is discovered in a field newly tilled by his Benedictine abbey. According to PW , Brother Cadfael is ``at his most sober and reflective, but his detecting talents are as dazzling as ever.'' (Sept.)

'A pleasing and unusual mixture of suspense and historical fiction.' EVENING STANDARD

A local landlord gives the abbey of St. Peter and St. Paul a field formerly owned by a potter named Ruald, now a monk himself. When plowing begins, however, the body of a woman is turned up. Can this be Ruald's former wife, the beautiful young Generys? Only bones remain (and even Ruald cannot identify her for certain), but the troubled Benedictine Brothers can see that she was carefully buried with her hands arranged to hold a small cross made of sticks. Is there any doubt of the woman's identity? Or who killed her? Brother Cadfael thinks there is and thus begins his 17th investigation. Stephen Thorne, a veteran of the Old Vic and over 2000 BBC broadcasts, lends his wonderful voice to one of Cadfael's more introspective and brooding adventures, recounting the effects of war, death, duty, and the plight of women during a violent and chaotic time. A particularly rewarding listening experience, a treat for all Cadfael fans. Highly recommended for all libraries.-Barbara Perkins, Irving P.L., TX Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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