The Rose Rent by Ellis Peters

The Rose Rent by Ellis Peters

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A young window’s gain could be the Abbey’s loss if Brother Cadfael can’t unravel a thorny case of murder

A late spring in 1142 brings dismay to the Abbey of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, for there may be no roses by June 22nd. On that day the young widow Perle must receive one white rose as rent for the house she has given to benefit the abbey, or the contract is void. When nature finally complies, a pious monk is sent to pay the rent—and is found murdered beside the hacked rose-bush.

The abbey's wise herbalist, Brother Cadfael, follows the trail of bloodied petals. He knows the lovely widow's dowry is far greater with her house included, and she will likely wed again. Before Cadfael can ponder if a greedy suitor has done this dreadful deed, another crime is committed. Now the good monk must thread his way through a tangle more tortuous than the widow's thorny bushes.


“Masterful . . . an accomplished whodunit meticulously wrought with a wealth of medieval detail.” —Booklist

“Brother Cadfael, in his thirteenth adventure, is as keen and human as ever. The Rose Rent is one of his most satisfactory chronicles.” —Financial Times (London)

“The joys in the Peters mysteries lie in the telling—the historical detail, the view of medieval life in town and monastery, the lively characterization and the author's graceful, literate prose.” —Washington Post

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