A Rare Benedictine by Ellis Peters

A Rare Benedictine by Ellis Peters

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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 vintage tales of intrigue and treachery featuring the monastic sleuth who has become the best-loved ecclesiastical detective since Father Brown.

Although Cadfael has appeared in twenty novel-length chronicles, the story of his entry into the monastery at Shrewsbury has been known hitherto only to a few readers. Now his myriad fans can discover the chain of events that led him into the Benedictine Order.


“Three classic stories featuring Brother Cadfael. . .whose powers of deduction are practically miraculous.” —Booklist

“Each addition to the series is a joy. Long may the Chronicles continue.” —USA Today

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