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Monk's Hood
Monk's Hood | Ellis Peters
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Brother Cadfael is confounded when his own potion is used to kill his former loves new husband Gervase Bonel is a guest of Shrewsbury Abbey of Saint Peter and Saint Paul when he suddenly takes ill. Luckily, the abbey boasts the services of the clever and kindly Brother Cadfael, a skilled herbalist. Cadfael hurries to the mans bedside, only to be confronted with two surprises: In Master Bonels wife, the good monk recognizes Richildis, whom he loved before he took his vowsand Master Bonel has been fatally poisoned by monks-hood oil from Cadfaels stores. The sheriff is convinced that the murderer is Richildiss son, Edwin, who hated his stepfather. But Cadfael, guided in part by his concern for a woman to whom he was once betrothed, is certain of her sons innocence. Using his knowledge of both herbs and the human heart, Cadfael deciphers a deadly recipe for murder.
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Murder by monk‘s hood (a poison) & almost everyone is a suspect, given the victim was nasty & vindictive. This story divides the despicables—the victim, the sheriff investigating the murder, the prior—from the good folks: Brother Cadfael, the suspects, their Welsh relatives etc. This is the third book in the series and I‘ve liked them all so far. Cadfael is a relatable, likeable character and I look forward to many more of his stories.

DGRachel I enjoyed what I read of this series. My mom has them all and I read them until I moved away from home and then...another series I want to get back to, someday. 4mo
Texreader @DGRachel The series is free to read if you‘re an Amazon Prime member. I enjoy it so much because the stories are quick reads, really good, and free! I‘d love to get the books for my mom. 4mo
DGRachel Ooh, I didn‘t realize they were in Kindle Unlimited! 😍 4mo
Texreader @DGRachel Actually just Amazon Prime! I‘m not on the Unlimited subscription so it‘s very nice when a whole series is free with just Prime. 4mo
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A sheriff has come to investigate a murder. I like this kid!

“The little one, voice of natural justice in opposition to law, stated firmly: “Bad man!” and nobody hushed her.”

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Brother Cadfael hides in church! Oh, when I was a kid I would have loved to have hidden behind a pillar in church. But alas, there wasn‘t one.

GingerAntics I used to hide behind the choir. It‘s the perk of being the only kid that hung out with the adult choir. lol 4mo
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Next up, book 3 in the Brother Cadfael series. I‘m loving these books set in England‘s most brutal civil war between King Stephen and Empress Maud over who should wear the crown when King Henry died without a son to take the throne in the 1100s. They are quick reads, too, which I appreciate. Brother Cadfael is an early one-man CSI.

CoffeeCatsBooks I really enjoyed the TV series. I‘m tempted to try the books even though I don‘t really read mysteries. (edited) 4mo
Texreader @CoffeeCatsBooks I like historical fiction, which has led me to some very interesting mysteries like this series. 4mo
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Brother Cadfael is a former crusader, now monk in medieval England. He's the cloister's herbalist and doctor. These are dangerous times, and he uses his talents to solve murders. I discovered the #series through the TV show with Derek Jacobi.

#litsyclassics @Sarah83 @Bambolina_81

batsy I loved the first few books and need to read the rest. Cadfael is such a great character! 2y
Sarah83 Great choice. 😍 Love this series. 😊 2y
PickwickPlockPlock @batsy I haven't read them all, neither. Now I'm in the mood to read the rest! 2y
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PickwickPlockPlock @Sarah83 I love them too, but I read too many of them in too short a time and never finished the rest. 2y
erzascarletbookgasm This series sounds good! Will look out for them :) 2y
Sarah83 I started this series years ago and didn't get all the books, so I need to quit reading them. Last year I found the last book. 😉 Now I have to start again. 😉 2y
PickwickPlockPlock @Sarah83 There are worse fates 😉 2y
Sarah83 Of course. 😉 Quite a short series... 😊 2y
Aimeesue I adore Brother Cadfael. ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
Alternative_Mr_Men I remember watching Cadfael on TV with my Mum. It‘s amazing how often you can solve a crime using incriminating herbs! 2y
PickwickPlockPlock @Alternative_Mr_Men Right, and here I thought they just got clobbered over the head in the dark ages! 😄 2y
LeahBergen Cadfael! ❤️ 2y
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Rereading Cadfael while not really being bothered by the plot enables me to enjoy the layers Peters put into the characters. I enjoyed reading and meeting Brother Mark again, reading about prior Robert getting taken dowm a peg or two. Foreshadowing also on Peters part about fatherhood and lost sons. Monk's hood is at the heart of it a story about fathers, good ones, indifferent ones, fathers of the heart, fathers by faith and sometimes chance