I love reading crime fiction novels. It’s interesting to read books in that genre that have been set in a time where detection depended on observation and instinct more than science and fingerprints and tests and what not. My bestie found Ellis Peters’ books at our favorite bookstore, and we bought this one.
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 falls, leaving its ninety-four defenders loyal to the empress to hang as traitors. With a heavy heart, Brother Cadfael agrees to bury the dead, only to make a grisly discovery: one extra victim that has been strangled, not hanged. And Cadfael is determined to find out the truth.
When not in a good mood, don’t try books of authors new to you. I did just that, and this book seemed to be tedious. Then shifted to a comfort read, finished that and tried this again. And the pace felt better. A crime fiction set in 1138, where a solution had to be arrived with interrogation, observations and deduction. A crime that was never meant to be discovered but for Cadfael. And may not have been investigated for a solution had it been someone else.
Intersperse it with someone fleeing from war, someone falling in love unexpectedly, fealty politics and such, a few interesting threads form. I quite liked the character of Brother Cadfael, and his instincts and decisions, but I’m not sure other characters were as interesting. Godric felt too trusting at times, given the game might have been more dangerous in his perspective. But all’s well that ends well I suppose.
This is an interesting book, no doubt. The language might seem a bit difficult to get at times and it does take a couple of chapters to pick up, but worth a try. Will pick up other books in the series too.
Title: One Corpse Too Many
Series: Cadfael #2
Author: Ellis Peters
Genre: Crime Fiction
No. of Pages: 292
Publisher: Open Road
Rating: 8 out of 10