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A Morbid Taste for Bones
A Morbid Taste for Bones | Ellis Peters
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In 1137 the ambitious head of Shrewsbury Abbey has decided to acquire the remains of Saint Winifred for his Benedictine order. Brother Cadfael is part of the expedition sent to her final resting place in Wales, where they find the villagers passionately divided by the Benedictines' offer for the saint's relics. Canny, wise and all too worldly, Cadfael isn't surprised when this taste for bones leads to bloody murder. The leading opponent to moving the grave has been shot dead with a mysterious arrow, and some say Winifred herself dealt the blow. Brother Cadfael knows that a carnal hand did the killings, but he doesn't know that his plan to unearth a murderer may dig up a case of love and justice, where the wages of sin may be scandal - or his own ruin.
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My first Ellis Peter‘s Brother Cadfael mystery. I enjoyed it but didn‘t love it. It was a fun book and an easy read, and I do think I‘m going to like Brother Cadfael. He seems like a down to earth, practical man unlike others in his order. The story sort of worked out in the end, but not in the way I wanted - the ending seemed a bit contrived to me. I‘ll definitely keep reading the series. 4.0/5.0⭐️ #2019

suzisteffen I love these for the depiction of Wales and England during the time when England was in an internal civil war but also conquering Wales - its first colony. (😡) Also I am always encouraged to learn more Welsh in Duolingo when I read these books. 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 7d
rretzler @suzisteffen I think I will enjoy that aspect as well. My knowledge of English history starts mainly in the 14th century, with some exceptions. Still trying to get my head around the Welsh pronunciations!😝 Until I read this, I always imagined Cadfael was pronounced cad-fy-el instead of cad-vile. 😂 7d
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Started reading the first book in the Brother Cadfael series, this one was written in 1977. #CenturyofBooks

Aimeesue I looooooove Brother Cadfael. ❤️❤️❤️❤️ 2w
Herschelian I loved the Cadfael books when they were first published. Your post has reminded me, time for a re-read methinks. BTW the BBC made them into a wonderful TV series starring one of our greatest actors Derek Jacobi as Cadfael. 2w
Freespirit I liked this book alot also❤️I didn‘t realise there was a TV series @Herschelian. Thank you I need to investigate! 2w
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LeahBergen I‘ve read several of these (the first 5 or 6?). They‘re so fun. 2w
rwmg @Herschelian I thought individual episodes were brilliant, but as a series it was terrible. They did the books in the wrong order (thus ruining the arc following the war and some other arcs which would be spoilers) and the change of Hugh was distracting as well. 2w
Sarah83 Did you watch the TV series? 2w
Andrew65 @Sarah83 @Herschelian @rwmg Yes I loved the TV Series and Derek Jacobi was excellent in the role of Cadfael. Great interpretation of the rivalries and friction between the different monks amongst the murders. @Freespirit @Aimeesue @LeahBergen (edited) 2w
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Cadfael, a middle-aged monk and former crusader, is an interesting and likeable character. He has just the right balance of scepticism and faith, as well as a healthy curiosity and a taste for mischief.
At just under 200 pages, this book was long enough to keep me interested, but not so long that it felt like a chore to finish. The outcome of the mystery was predictable, but there were enough twists and turns to keep me interested along the way.

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My first Ellis Peters novel and I enjoyed it. It had many things I love...set in 1100...Ye Olde England, a collection of Benedictine Monks, pagan bones , murder and adventure. I did find it slowish and couldn‘t help comparing it to other similar books I love by CJ Sampson and Edward Rutherford. But a 3⭐️⭐️⭐️ and I will read another in the series at some stage😊 Now to something set in outback Oz..The Lost Man

inthegreensandblues I love that cover on the Cadfael 😍 4mo
Freespirit It caught my eye at the bookshop @inthegreensandblues 4mo
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Sneaking a bit of my current book in as I watch my son play cricket in Sydney. Only 20 pages in to A Morbid Taste for Bones but I think it‘s going to be a fun read.

DarcysMom I *love* the Brother Cadfael mysteries! 4mo
Freespirit I will too... right up my alley...murder , monks and mayhem😊 @DarcysMom (edited) 4mo
Erofan Great cover! 4mo
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View from hospital bed. Thanks @Itchyfeetreader for the book!

Enjoyed the book and will probably continue the series. Didn't get the murderer or the plot twist at the end. 4 1/2 ⭐

#Booked2018 #mcover70 completed @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage

Joanne1 Glad to hear the book was good, not so good that you‘re in hospital. Hope recovery is swift. 7mo
Lel2403 Hope you are doing ok, feel better soon ❤️ 7mo
TrishB Hope you‘re ok and on the mend soon . 7mo
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Kaye Get well soon 🌷 7mo
zsuzsanna_reads Sorry to hear you are in hospital. There is also a TV series of cadfael that I love 😉 7mo
Naj Hope you recover soon🤗 7mo
Elizabeth2 Sending well wishes your way! 7mo
Cinfhen Sorry to hear your not feeling well 😔 7mo
Itchyfeetreader Glad you enjoyed it and feel better soon xx 7mo
erzascarletbookgasm Sorry to hear you‘re in the hospital. Speedy recovery! 7mo
Cathythoughts I hope you feel better soon 👍🏻❤️ 7mo
QuietlyLaura Sending healing hugs so you can feel better soon! 💕 7mo
Mccall0113 Speedy recovery 7mo
Lcsmcat Get well soon! ❤️ 7mo
Soubhiville I hope you feel better fast! 💜 7mo
mrsmarch I love Brother Cadfael! It took years but I finally assembled the whole series. I hope you feel better soon! 7mo
4thhouseontheleft I‘m sorry you are in the hospital. Best wishes for a speedy recovery. 💕 7mo
Crazeedi Get well soon, I've always wanted to start this series. 7mo
KrystleTheBookSlayer Hope you get released from the hospital soon and that you feel better!💐💕 7mo
Annl 🌻🍫 7mo
Bookladylinda Feel better soon!!! 7mo
Jas16 Wishing you a speedy recovery 💐 7mo
Dragon 💐🤗🐉 7mo
RachelO Hope you're back home and feeling better soon. 🐱 7mo
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Is this a good series?

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled It looks good, maybe? Lemme know what you think! 7mo
batsy I loved the first few books & have been meaning to continue. 7mo
Tove_Reads @Andrew65 @EadieB You‘ve probably read the series? 7mo
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Tove_Reads @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled @batsy I will read the first one soon! Sounds like a good series! 7mo
EadieB @Tove_Reads I read the first book and enjoyed it. I know it was a BBC series 7mo
Tove_Reads @EadieB I think it‘s time for me to read the first one! 7mo
EadieB @Tove_Reads I own a lot of the books. 7mo
Tove_Reads @EadieB Time to read the second one? 7mo
EadieB @Tove_Reads my stepson is in Denmark and is very impressed with the bicycling, the buildings that all blend together with lots of glass. Also no tipping everywhere. 7mo
Tove_Reads We don‘t really tip in the Nordics. 🙂 7mo
EadieB @Tove_Reads I just googled and it said already included in price. 7mo
Tove_Reads @EadieB There are a few restaurants that claim it‘s not included so you can add some tips when you pay, and of course there are tip jars in pubs, but otherwise no. Mostly it says that service charge is included. 7mo
Andrew65 @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled @batsy @Tove_Reads @EadieB Read a few in the series and they are all very good, and quite short books. A great character. A brilliant tv series that was very long running starring the great Derek Jacobi. A stuttering monk who solves murders, simply brilliant! 7mo
EadieB @Andrew65 I‘ll have to read the rest. I did enjoy the first one! 7mo
Andrew65 @EadieB I need to get back to this series too. 7mo
EadieB @Andrew65 Feeling overwhelmed with all the series I have started and need to get back to. 7mo
Andrew65 @EadieB Oh yes!!! 7mo
EadieB @Andrew65 Just have to do one book at a time and hope for a long life! 7mo
Andrew65 @EadieB Oh yes. You‘re not going anywhere - too many group reads to get to. 😂 7mo
EadieB @Andrew65 That‘s right! I have commitments. (edited) 7mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled @Andrew65 Sounds fun and like something I‘d like! 7mo
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For being less than 200 pages, this took forever to read! I really wanted to bail, but I need to discuss this for my mystery book discussion. I‘m not a fan of Peters‘ writing style, which is weird, since I‘m a huge classics fan. Brother Cadfael never quite warmed to me, either. This is definitely an #unpopularopinion ! 🤷🏻‍♀️

Skyrimir I never read the books, but I do remember liking the BBC series! 8mo
Librarybelle @Skyrimir I‘ve not seen the TV series, though I have heard good things about it. 8mo
ferskner Oh no! I really love the density of her writing - it's so different from how books are written now. I definitely think you should try the TV series! Derek Jacobi is 👌 in it. 8mo
Librarybelle @ferskner I have heard all good things about the TV show, so I will give it a try! 8mo
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Morning read - this month‘s selection for my mystery book group.


This was a nice light read. My reading life dragged last week so this book was a nice way to pick up the pace again.

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I'm reading this on an e-reader so no picture of the book. Instead, here's the wall of Washi at my favorite Portland art store.

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Yes, I am still reading this Brother Cadfael. But now I‘m reading it in the airport terminal while waiting for my vacation to start. #whereiread

Grrlbrarian Yeeeeee! Have fun on your vacay! 13mo
Mollyanna Have a great vacation! Enjoy! 13mo
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A fine place to read for a little while. #whereiread #inmuseums

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I need to get back to finish this series! I could honestly binge-read the whole thing but I have this weird quirk: I won‘t read series out of order. My library does not have many of the early titles. #medieval #mystery #brothercadfael #librariansoflitsy #mysterybuff #historicalfiction #anglophilesoflitsy

BookaholicNatty These look goooood!!! I am adding it to be tbr!!!! Also, welcome to #Litsy!!! So glad you have joined this awesome community!!! It‘s so fun to have new book friends!!! ❤️📚 14mo
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1. I‘m going to start a Brother Cadfael rereadathon.
2. No. Not even a Spring Nap.
3. Strange colored roses, jonquils.
4. Neither - give me all the malted robin‘s eggs!


Smangela Not even a spring nap 😂😂😂😍😍 14mo
dsfisher Oh great readathon!! 14mo
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When you have done everything else, perfecting a conventual herb garden is a fine and satisfying thing to do.

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Well, Brother Cadfael has been a soldier, herbalist, solver of murders, etc. #jackofalltrades #characters2017 @LibrarianRyan

LeahBergen Cadfael. ❤️ 2y
ferskner I love these books, in print and in TV form. 2y
JazzFeathers Ah! That's a good choice. Read a few of these books many years ago. Saw the tv shos too. They both were fun 😊 2y
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My mom introduced me to Brother Cadfael. I think I read the first 8 and got distracted by other books. I really need to finish this series. #alittlepriest #melodicmay

LeahBergen I've read the first 5 or 6 and have a bunch of the others. 👍🏼 2y
JazzFeathers I read a few of the novels years back. A light read, but enjoyable 😊 2y
Andrew65 These are good books, but a few years since I read one. 2y
readinginthedark I used to watch the show with my mom; I need to read these! 2y
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I'm a bit disappointed with this book. I loved the ambience and the monks. Brother Cadfael was a great character. However, the mystery leaves me cold and I could not make myself care about the solution to the riddle. This is a case where the TV series is better than the book.

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starting the first brother cadfael mystery I love the BBC series 😍

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This is a stylish, elegant mystery set in Medieval England with a lead character who has depths, intelligence and a charm that seduces probably the most picky reader. Brother Cadfael is charming, yet cunning. This is Peters' bow in her well known series set during the times of King Stephen and Empress Malthide war over power and country. This first novel is self contained. Definitely worth the discovery or reread.

drokka I quite like the covers you're posting for this series better than the ones I have. 2y
writerlibrarian @drokka I'm quite enamoured with this edition. i have found copies up to the devil's novice so far. 2y
drokka Brilliant. Almost makes me want to get them all. 2y
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Genuine sinners are plentiful, but genuine penitents are rare. - Ellis Peters

Sometimes you just want to read about cowled 12th century detectives.

(Photo: wikimedia commons, John Armagh. Treated with Prisma)

Suzze Great historical mystery series! 2y
flip58 Love this series 2y
LeahBergen Cadfael! 😍 2y
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My first by this author introducing Brother Cadfael who's powers of observation and deduction ensure that he's always a part of the action and at times a little above the law. I enjoyed this character, he has a bit of a history, is not exactly pious and is a tad cheeky. #ReadingOnRoam

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