Gervase Bonel, with his wife and servants, is a guest of Shrewsbury Abbey of Saint Peter and Saint Paul when he is suddenly taken ill. Luckily, the Abbey boasts the services of clever and kindly Brother Cadfael, a skilled herbalist. Cadfael hurries to the man's bedside, only to be confronted by two very different surprises. In Master Bonel's wife, the good monk recognises Richildis, whom he loved many years ago before he took his vows. And Master Bonel has been fatally poisoned by a dose of deadly monk's-hood oil from Cadfael's herbarium. The Sheriff is convinced that the murderer is Richildis' son Edwin, who had reasons aplenty to hate his stepfather. But Cadfael, guided in part by his tender concern for a woman to whom he was once betrothed, is certain of her son's innocence. Using his knowledge of both herbs and the human heart, Cadfael deciphers a deadly recipe for murder....
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Wonderful book, wonderful narration
I listened to a lot of the Stephen Thorne recordings of Cadfael years ago during a long illness, and they were an enormous source of pleasure. Re-listening to this one, and the other two which are available on Audible, was just as good as the first time. His voice and style is perfect for this material, so that listening to him is much better than reading the book. He is also WAY better than Johanna Ward who reads a lot of the other Cadfael recordings on here.
I do wish Audible would offer all the rest of the the Stephen Thorne readings of Cadfael. I have been waiting for them to do so for ages, but there's no sign of it. Pleeeease, pretty please!
- AMG, London
- Rachael Fraser