“Three classic stories featuring Brother Cadfael . . . whose powers of deduction are practically miraculous” in the Silver Dagger–winning medieval mystery series (Booklist).
“Brother Cadfael sprang to life suddenly and unexpectedly when he was already approaching sixty, mature, experienced, fully armed and seventeen years tonsured.” So writes Ellis Peters in her introduction to A Rare Benedictine—three vintage tales of intrigue and treachery featuring the monastic sleuth who has become the best-loved ecclesiastical detective since Father Brown.
Although Cadfael has appeared in twenty novel-length chronicles, the story of his entry into the monastery at Shrewsbury has been known hitherto only to a few readers. Now his myriad fans can discover the chain of events that led him into the Benedictine Order.
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A series of short mysteries
In “A Rare Benedictine,” Ellis Peters proves herself just as adept at short, self-contained mystery stories as in her novels. There are three here, all fascinating. Her characterizations, short, even terse, but eloquent, are half the fun. Like an expert portraitist, the author paints detailed, intricate and intriguing human images with a minimum of bold strokes. Much is seen through the perceptive and restrained vision of Brother Cadfael, in equal measures man of the world, man of the people, and man of God.