As a die hard fan of medieval mysteries, I feel a great deal of gratitude to Ellis Peters for essentially starting the genre with this, the first entry in the Brother Cadfael series.
And what a treat it is! For a tiny book that inexplicably took me an inordinate length of time to read, this was really a fun story. Cadfael is a terrific character, full of quirks and orneriness. Love it! He’d be fun to hang out with.
The secondary characters were nicely developed. Brother John was awesome, and his minor story arc was delightful. Sioned was a strong, wonderful woman and I was glad to see her story have enough twists and turns to give her some adventure during her journey.
I liked that the bad guys weren’t so blatantly bad that Whodunnit was immediately obvious. There were some nice moral dilemmas and grey areas, which are really still relevant today.
Can’t wait to read the rest of the stories in this series.
In honor of the Feast Day of Hildegard of Bingen, one of my favorite mediaeval holy women, I decided to see if I still had what it takes to write something semi intelligent. The jury’s still out, but what I came up with is below. I hope it will at least encourage the handful of followers I have to learn more about this amazing woman. Read More »
Now I want to read Harry Potter again. Nicholas Flamel, indeed!Read More »
Holy cow. I thought Demons Parchment was my favorite Crispin Guest book. Nope, not anymore. Blood Lance ousted it for first place.Read More »
My system of categorizing and scoring books cannot be explained in fewer than 350 words, and a book review isn’t really the place to do it anyway. Generally, a book only get gets 5 stars from me if it makes me howl with laughter, or sob, or is in some way life changing. Most mysteries do not fit these criteria.Read More »
A King’s Ransom (Plantagenets #5)
By Sharon Kay Penman
One of the things I love so much about Sharon’s books is that they aren’t over in a day. I feel cheated when I read a good book and get through it in 24 hours. No worry of that with hers, as this one came in around 700 pages. Love that!Read More »
I really wanted to like this book, Not Without Mercy The Black Death, by Philip Wright. I really, really did. I mean, it’s about the Black Death! How could I not like it? But I didn’t. I am sad now.Read More »