A Morbid Taste For Bones : Brother Cadfael

  • by Ellis Peters
  • Narrated by Stephen Thorne
  • Series: Brother Cadfael
  • 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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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A Morbid Taste For Bones

This is my first taste of Ellis Peters, and I have to say I'm enjoying it very much. It is an excellent story and the narrator, Stephen Thorne, gives a rich variety of voices to the characters.

The first of her Brother Cadfael murder mysteries, set in the 12th Century, is based on a true story of the removal of a saint’s relics from a Welsh village to the Benedictine Abbey at Shrewsbury. It might not be a strictly realistic representation of the period, but that doesn’t matter in a novel of this style. It is easy and enjoyable to listen to, and I would recommend it without hesitation.

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- Dee

Cadfael at his best

What made the experience of listening to A Morbid Taste For Bones the most enjoyable?

The narration in this book is very good, I especially enjoyed the welsh accents, and the easy listening pace, which lulls you into comfort belying the action taking place.


What was one of the most memorable moments of A Morbid Taste For Bones?

The ecstatic trances of the good brother were very well written, especially seen from cadfael's point of view


Which character – as performed by Stephen Thorne – was your favourite?

Cadfael himself was the most memorable character in my opinion


If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Who lies there?


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- lesley black "greedy reader!"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-10-2011
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio UK