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I discovered British mystery writer Ellis Peters at age 11, after I choose one of her books from a school book club flyer; many decades later she is still my favorite author. Best known for her Brother Cadfael mysteries, about an 11th Century monk/sleuth, she had a deft ability to draw a reader into whatever world she was describing, so that one could almost see the Abbey where the monks lived and worked, or travel with them to Wales on a quest. If you want meticulously researched historical novels which include a compelling plot, interesting and complex characterizations, a light touch of romance, and a world view that encompasses wisdom and compassion, look no further. And after you’ve made your way through all 20 of the Brother Cadfael chronicles, you’ll definitely want to seek out her other detective series, more contemporary but equally as good. Happy reading!

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A Morbid Taste for Bones (The Chronicles of Brother Cadfael Book 1)
by Ellis Peters
In the first installment of an iconic historical mystery series, a medieval monk seeks a saint’s remains for Shrewsbury Abbey—but finds a murderous sinner instead. A Welsh Benedictine monk living at Shrewsbury Abbey in western England, Brother Cadfael spends much of his time tending the herbs and vegetables in the garden—but now...
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One Corpse Too Many (The Chronicles of Brother Cadfael Book 2)
by Ellis Peters
When Shrewsbury Castle falls, Brother Cadfael discovers a murder mystery amid the wreckage In the summer of 1138, war between King Stephen and the Empress Maud takes Brother Cadfael from the quiet world of his garden into a battlefield of passions, deceptions, and death. Not far from the safety of the abbey walls, Shrewsbury Castle...
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Monk's Hood (The Chronicles of Brother Cadfael Book 3)
by Ellis Peters
Silver Dagger Award Winner: In this medieval mystery, Brother Cadfael faces suspicion when one of his herbal ingredients is used to kill a man. 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...
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Saint Peter's Fair (The Chronicles of Brother Cadfael Book 4)
by Ellis Peters
An opportunity to put aside the horrors of war is dashed when bodies begin to pile up at St. Peter’s Fair St. Peter’s Fair is a grand, festive event, attracting merchants from across England and beyond. There is a pause in the civil war racking the country in the summer of 1139, and the fair promises to bring some much-needed...
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The Leper of Saint Giles (The Chronicles of Brother Cadfael Book 5)
by Ellis Peters
In this mystery in the award-winning series featuring a twelfth-century Benedictine monk, Brother Cadfael must travel to the heart of a leper colony to root out the secret behind a savage murder. Setting out for the Saint Giles leper colony outside Shrewsbury, Brother Cadfael has more pressing matters on his mind than the grand wedding...
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The Virgin in the Ice (The Chronicles of Brother Cadfael Book 6)
by Ellis Peters
A monk embarks on a dangerous quest to find a trio of missing travelers in this medieval mystery by an Edgar Award–winning author. The winter of 1139 will disrupt Brother Cadfael’s tranquil life in Shrewsbury with the most disturbing of events. Raging civil war has sent refugees fleeing north from Worcester. Among them are two...
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The Sanctuary Sparrow (The Chronicles of Brother Cadfael Book 7)
by Ellis Peters
Medieval monk Brother Cadfael races to save a young man he believes is falsely accused of robbery—before the protection of sanctuary expires. In the gentle Shrewsbury spring of 1140, the midnight matins at the Benedictine abbey suddenly reverberate with an unholy sound—a hunt in full cry. Pursued by a drunken mob, the quarry is...
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The Devil's Novice (The Chronicles of Brother Cadfael Book 8)
by Ellis Peters
When a troubled novice is blamed for the disappearance of a priest, Brother Cadfael seeks to save his soul—and his lifeOutside the pale of the Abbey of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, in September of 1140, a priestly emissary for King Stephen has been reported missing. But inside the pale, what troubles Brother Cadfael is a proud...
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The Pilgrim of Hate (The Chronicles of Brother Cadfael Book 10)
by Ellis Peters
Amid a flood of pilgrims seeking solace in a saintly celebration, Brother Cadfael seeks the killer of a dear friendIn the year of our Lord 1141, civil war over England’s throne leaves a legacy of violence—and the murder of a knight dear to Brother Cadfael. And with gentle bud-strewn May, a flood of pilgrims comes to the celebration...
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The Hermit of Eyton Forest (The Chronicles of Brother Cadfael Book 14)
by Ellis Peters
Brother Cadfael’s pastoral life is upended by the disappearance of a young boy and the arrival of a saintly hermit The year is 1142, and England is in the grip of civil war. Within the cloisters of the Benedictine Abbey of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, there begins a chain of events no less momentous than the upheavals of the...
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Brother Cadfael's Penance (The Chronicles of Brother Cadfael Book 20)
by Ellis Peters
To save his estranged son, a monk risks breaking his vows in this “moving and suspenseful” medieval mystery (Booklist). For Brother Cadfael in the autumn of his life, the mild November of our Lord’s year 1145 may bring a bitter—and deadly—harvest. England is torn between supporters of the Empress Maud and those of her cousin...
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An Excellent Mystery (The Chronicles of Brother Cadfael Book 11)
by Ellis Peters
Two monks seeking refuge bring with them a troubling mystery that will test Brother Cadfael’s beliefsIn the year of our Lord 1141, August comes in golden as a lion, and two monks ride into the Benedictine Abbey of Saint Peter and Saint Paul bringing with them disturbing news of war—and a mystery. The strangers tell how the strife...
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The Confession of Brother Haluin (The Chronicles of Brother Cadfael Book 15)
by Ellis Peters
When a monk survives a tragic injury, he enlists Brother Cadfael to help him right the wrongs revealed in his deathbed confession Winter arrived early in 1142, bringing with it a heavy snowfall. The safety of the guest-hall roof at the Benedictine Abbey of St. Peter and St. Paul comes into jeopardy, and the brothers are called upon...
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The Rose Rent (The Chronicles of Brother Cadfael Book 13)
by Ellis Peters
The sleuthing monk unravels a thorny case of murder in this “accomplished whodunit meticulously wrought with a wealth of medieval detail” (Booklist). A late spring in 1142 brings dismay to the Abbey of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, for there may be no roses by June 22. On that day the young widow Perle must receive one white rose as...
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A Rare Benedictine: The Advent of Brother Cadfael (The Chronicles of Brother Cadfael Book 21)
by Ellis Peters
Three vintage tales reveal how a former crusader became literature’s greatest mystery-solving monk“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...
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The Summer of the Danes (The Chronicles of Brother Cadfael Book 18)
by Ellis Peters
With one civil war on hold, Brother Cadfael returns home, only to stumble into another bloody conflictIn the summer of 1144, a strange calm has settled over England. The armies of King Stephen and the Empress Maud, the two royal cousins contending for the throne, have temporarily exhausted each other. On the whole, Brother Cadfael...
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The Holy Thief (The Chronicles of Brother Cadfael Book 19)
by Ellis Peters
Two groups seek refuge from the rain at Brother Cadfael’s abbey, bringing with them mystery and mayhemIn the chill, rainy autumn of 1144, two groups of visitors seek the hospitality of the Abbey of St. Peter and St. Paul, and Brother Cadfael fears trouble has come in with them. Among the first arrivals is Brother Tutilo, a young...
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City of Gold and Shadows (The Felse Investigations)
by Ellis Peters
Detective Inspector George Felse investigates a death and a disappearance both linked to mystery whose roots go back to ancient Roman times When archaeologist Alan Morris disappears in Turkey, his great-niece, Charlotte, regrets never having gotten to know him better. In an attempt to better understand him, Charlotte begins reading...
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The Heretic's Apprentice (The Chronicles of Brother Cadfael Book 16)
by Ellis Peters
Charges of heresy and murder are complicated by the contents of a mysterious treasure chest In the summer of 1143, William of Lythwood arrives at the Benedictine Abbey of St. Peter and St. Paul, but it is not a joyous occasion—he’s come back from his pilgrimage in a coffin. William’s body is accompanied by his young attendant...
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The Potter's Field (The Chronicles of Brother Cadfael Book 17)
by Ellis Peters
The gifting of a field to the Benedictine abbey goes from generous to ghastly when plows turn up a hastily buried body When a newly plowed field recently given to the Benedictine Abbey of Saint Peter and Saint Paul yields the body of a young woman, Brother Cadfael is quickly thrown into a delicate situation. The field was once owned...
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The Raven in the Foregate (The Chronicles of Brother Cadfael Book 12)
by Ellis Peters
When a harsh priest is drowned, Brother Cadfael discovers a long list of suspects, including a young man who isn’t who he claims to beIn a mild December in the year of our Lord 1141, a new priest comes to the parishioners of the Foregate outside the Abbey of Saint Peter and Saint Paul. Father Ailnoth brings with him a housekeeper and...
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The Will and the Deed
by Ellis Peters
A dispute over a great diva’s will sets the stage for bloody vengeance Antonia Byrne awakes in a splendid hotel room, and finds she isn’t alone. When she sees the circle of concerned faces surrounding her bed, she knows she’s going to die, but she intends to leave this world with a flourish. After all, she’s the greatest...
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A Nice Derangement of Epitaphs (The Felse Investigations)
by Ellis Peters
When an old grave reveals two bodies, neither of which belong to the man named on the tombstone, Detective Inspector George Felse is once again called upon to investigate While on a seaside vacation in Cornwall with his son, Dominic, Detective Inspector George Felse can’t help but investigate a dark mystery of smuggling, missing...
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Flight of a Witch (The Felse Investigations)
by Ellis Peters
A detective investigates the disappearance of a beautiful Welsh teenager in this “deeply satisfying” mystery by the author of the Brother Cadfael series (Publishers Weekly). Annet Beck is hauntingly beautiful, which worries her parents so much that they guard her as closely as a prisoner . . . until the rainy Thursday in October...
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Death and the Joyful Woman (The Felse Investigations)
by Ellis Peters
When the woman he loves is accused of murder, Dominic Felse sets out to find the true culprit Is a vulgarity ground for murder? Alfred Armiger had antagonized many with his greed and crass acquisitiveness. So when the ruthless beer baron is discovered dead, his head beaten in by a magnum of champagne, there is no shortage of...
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The Piper on the Mountain (The Felse Investigations)
by Ellis Peters
When Herbert Terrell falls off a mountain during his annual climbing holiday in in Czechoslovakia, accidental death seems the inevitable verdict, but Terrell’s young stepdaughter Theodosia is not convinced Theodosia Barber had been planning to spend her summer vacation in Europe in any case, so what could be simpler than...
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Fallen into the Pit (The Felse Investigations)
by Ellis Peters
When an obnoxious Nazi landworker is murdered in the small village of Comerford, Sergeant George Felse faces one of the toughest investigations of his career It is 1952, and the shadow of World War II still lies over the green fields of the small village of Comerford on the Welsh borders. When ex-prisoner of war Helmut Schauffler is...
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Never Pick Up Hitch-Hikers!
by Ellis Peters
A hitchhiker is caught in a murderous web His whole life, William Banks has been trying to escape his mother, who wants desperately for him to become a lawyer. Banks wants to paint, and when he gets the opportunity to attend art school in the next county, he jumps at the chance. It’s only forty miles, but it’s a start. Getting...
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Mourning Raga (The Felse Investigations)
by Ellis Peters
While escorting a young girl to meet her father in India, Dominic Felse and his girlfriend, Theodosia, find themselves embroiled in a mystery that swiftly and shockingly becomes a murder investigation When his girlfriend’s beautiful but erratic film-star mother, Chloe, calls to ask a favor, Dominic Felse fears the worst. But she...
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House of Green Turf (The Felse Investigations)
by Ellis Peters
When Maggie Tressider awakes after a car crash convinced she has committed murder, private investigator Francis Killian, along with George and Bunty Felse, attempts to unearth the secrets of Maggie’s past World-famous opera singer Maggie Tressider wakes up in a hospital after an accident, haunted by the certainty that she has...
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Grass Widow's Tale (The Felse Investigations)
by Ellis Peters
After being ignored on her birthday by both her husband and son, Bunty Felse decides to visit a local pub. At the end of the evening she accepts a lift home from a morose young man who is convinced his life is over. And it may mean Bunty’s life is over too. On the eve of her forty-first birthday, Bunty Felse is overcome with...
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Rainbow's End (The Felse Investigations)
by Ellis Peters
When the crushed body of the unpopular nouveau riche antiques magnate Arthur Rainbow is found in the local graveyard, it falls upon Superintendent George Felse to get to the bottom of the murder The sleepy village of Middlehope is suddenly jerked into life by antiques mogul Arthur Rainbow. In a whirlwind of activity, he...
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Death to the Landlords (The Felse Investigations)
by Ellis Peters
While on vacation in India, Dominic Felse investigates the violent deaths of two landowners Landlords are never popular, and there is little mourning when the greedy, ruthless Mahendralal Bakhle is blown up on his boat on the beautiful Periyar Lake. Suspicion falls on the boat-boy who died with him, but Dominic Felse, one of a party...
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Black Is the Colour of My True Love's Heart (The Felse Investigations)
by Ellis Peters
Detective Inspector George Felse is called upon to investigate the disappearance of two members of a musical gathering Singers and musicians are gathered for a weekend course in folk music at the impressive neo-Gothic country mansion Follymead. Most come only to sing or to listen, but one or two have nonmusical scores to settle....
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The Knocker on Death's Door (The Felse Investigations)
by Ellis Peters
When the late-Gothic, oak door is returned to its rightful place at Mottisham village church, there is a body to go with it A news photographer is found dead at the threshold of the church of Saint Eata, his hand extended to the door’s great cast-iron knocker. Surely it is not a coincidence when a second victim is discovered in...
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Death Mask
by Ellis Peters
A student recruits his tutor to help him investigate his father’s murder The moment Evelyn Manville enlists in the British Army, his thoughts turn to Dorothy Grieve. He’s loved her since they were children, and now he can finally ask her to be his wife. But when she refuses, the heartbroken Evelyn flees to the fringes of the...
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Holiday with Violence
by Ellis Peters
A quartet of traveling students stumbles into a deadly conspiracy When the door opens, Signor Galassi flinches, fearing that someone has come to relieve him of the precious cargo he’s transporting back from France. But it’s only four harmless students on their way to an Italian vacation. Phyllida, Mab, Peter, and Punch have come...
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The Horn of Roland
by Ellis Peters
Buried secrets from the Nazi era threaten to destroy an Austrian composer It’s been years since Lucas Corinth, world-renowned composer, has set foot in the town of his birth. In that time, Europe has been torn apart by war, but Gries, an exquisite little village nestled deep within the Alps, has not been touched—at least not...
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The Assize of the Dying
by Ellis Peters
From master of suspense Ellis Peters come two chilling tales of justice, deception, and revenge The jury foreman trembles as he delivers the verdict. After a grueling trial, the erudite and elegant Louis Stevenson has been found guilty of murder—and sentenced to death. A ripple of excitement goes through the courtroom, and...
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Dead Man's Ransom (The Chronicles of Brother Cadfael Book 9)
by Ellis Peters
Brother Cadfael must intervene when a prisoner exchange is interrupted by love and murder In February of 1141, men march home from war to Shrewsbury, but the captured sheriff Gilbert Prestcote is not among them. Elis, a young Welsh prisoner, is delivered to the Abbey of Saint Peter and Saint Paul to begin a tale that will test...
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