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I discovered British mystery writer Ellis Peters at age 11, after I choose one of her books from a school book club flyer; many decades later she is still my favorite author. Best known for her Brother Cadfael mysteries, about an 11th Century monk/sleuth, she had a deft ability to draw a reader into whatever world she was describing, so that one could almost see the Abbey where the monks lived and worked, or travel with them to Wales on a quest. If you want meticulously researched historical novels which include a compelling plot, interesting and complex characterizations, a light touch of romance, and a world view that encompasses wisdom and compassion, look no further. And after you’ve made your way through all 20 of the Brother Cadfael chronicles, you’ll definitely want to seek out her other detective series, more contemporary but equally as good. Happy reading!

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The Felse Investigations Volume One: Fallen into the Pit, Death and the Joyful Woman, and Flight of a Witch
by Ellis Peters
From the author of the Chronicles of Brother Cadfael, the first three mysteries in the Edgar Award–winning series about an English policeman and his son.   In the English village of Comerford, just on the border of Wales, it’s Det. Sgt. George Felse’s duty to keep the peace—and keep his fourteen-year-old son, Dominic, out of...
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Saint Peter's Fair (The Chronicles of Brother Cadfael Book 4)
by Ellis Peters
In the twelfth century, merchants gather at a summertime fair—but when one of them is found dead in a river, a crime-solving monk must step in. St. Peter’s Fair is a grand, festive event, attracting merchants from across England and beyond. There is a pause in the civil war racking the country in the summer of 1139, and the fair...
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The Sanctuary Sparrow (The Chronicles of Brother Cadfael Book 7)
by Ellis Peters
Medieval monk Brother Cadfael races to save a young man he believes is falsely accused of robbery—in the Silver Dagger Award–winning mystery series. In the gentle Shrewsbury spring of 1140, the midnight matins at the Benedictine abbey suddenly reverberate with an unholy sound—a hunt in full cry. Pursued by a drunken mob, the quarry...
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The Hermit of Eyton Forest (The Chronicles of Brother Cadfael Book 14)
by Ellis Peters
“Bodies and red herrings pile up in a satisfying way” in the Silver Dagger Award–winning medieval mystery series starring Brother Cadfael (Library Journal). The year is 1142, and England is in the grip of civil war. Within the cloisters of the Benedictine Abbey of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, there begins a chain of events no less...
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The Confession of Brother Haluin (The Chronicles of Brother Cadfael Book 15)
by Ellis Peters
A monk’s journey of amends leads to murder in this “thoroughly entertaining medieval mystery” in the Silver Dagger Award–winning series (Publishers Weekly). Winter arrived early in 1142, bringing with it a heavy snowfall. The safety of the guest-hall roof at the Benedictine Abbey of St. Peter and St. Paul comes into jeopardy, and...
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A Rare Benedictine: The Advent of Brother Cadfael (The Chronicles of Brother Cadfael Book 21)
by Ellis Peters
“Three classic stories featuring Brother Cadfael . . . whose powers of deduction are practically miraculous” in the Silver Dagger–winning medieval mystery series ( Booklist ). “Brother Cadfael sprang to life suddenly and unexpectedly when he was already approaching sixty, mature, experienced, fully armed and seventeen years...
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The Summer of the Danes (The Chronicles of Brother Cadfael Book 18)
by Ellis Peters
The twelfth-century Welsh monk is caught up in civil war and captured by Danish mercenaries, in the Silver Dagger Award–winning medieval mystery series. In the summer of 1144, a strange calm has settled over England. The armies of King Stephen and the Empress Maud, the two royal cousins contending for the throne, have temporarily...
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City of Gold and Shadows (The Felse Investigations Book 12)
by Ellis Peters
A recent murder in Wales leads Detective Inspector Felse to the mysterious disappearance of an architect and a case dating back to ancient Rome. When archaeologist Alan Morris disappears in Turkey, his great-niece, Charlotte, regrets never having gotten to know him better. In an attempt to better understand him, Charlotte begins...
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The Heretic's Apprentice (The Chronicles of Brother Cadfael Book 16)
by Ellis Peters
Charges of heresy and murder are complicated by the contents of a mysterious treasure chestIn the summer of 1143, William of Lythwood arrives at the Benedictine Abbey of St. Peter and St. Paul, but it is not a joyous occasion—he’s come back from his pilgrimage in a coffin. William’s body is accompanied by his young attendant Elave...
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The Potter's Field (The Chronicles of Brother Cadfael Book 17)
by Ellis Peters
The medieval monk digs for clues when a body is unearthed by a plow: “His detecting talents are as dazzling as ever” (Publishers Weekly). When a newly plowed field recently given to the Benedictine Abbey of Saint Peter and Saint Paul yields the body of a young woman, Brother Cadfael is quickly thrown into a delicate situation. The...
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The Will and the Deed
by Ellis Peters
A shocking revelation in a diva’s will leads to murder in this chilling whodunit from the Edgar Award–winning author of the Chronicles of Brother Cadfael.   It’s not surprising that adored British opera star, Antonia Byrne, would want her death to be as dramatic as the roles she performed on the world’s great stages. Even...
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A Nice Derangement of Epitaphs (The Felse Investigations Book 4)
by Ellis Peters
The grave of a Cornish poet reveals a centuries-old mystery and leads Detective Inspector Felse on a dangerous trail of secrets and crime. While on a seaside vacation in Cornwall with his son, Dominic, Detective Inspector George Felse can’t help but investigate a dark mystery of smuggling, missing bodies, and murder. Jan Treverra...
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Flight of a Witch (The Felse Investigations Book 3)
by Ellis Peters
A detective investigates the disappearance of a beautiful Welsh teenager in this “deeply satisfying” mystery by the author of the Brother Cadfael series ( Publishers Weekly ). Annet Beck is hauntingly beautiful, which worries her parents so much that they guard her as closely as a prisoner . . . until the rainy Thursday in...
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The Piper on the Mountain (The Felse Investigations Book 5)
by Ellis Peters
In the mountains of Czechoslovakia, a possible murder has Dominic Felse suspicious of everyone—including his friend, the dead man’s beautiful stepdaughter. Theodosia Barber had been planning to spend her summer vacation in Europe in any case, so what could be simpler than persuading her travel companions to make a minor detour to...
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Never Pick Up Hitch-Hikers!
by Ellis Peters
An English hitchhiker disrupts a criminal’s plans in this caper gone wrong from the Edgar Award–winning author of the Chronicles of Brother Cadfael.   On the road to a new town and a new life, William Banks is grateful to Alf, the somewhat seedy stranger who gives him a lift. In return, the unworldly young man is more than happy to...
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Mourning Raga (The Felse Investigations Book 9)
by Ellis Peters
Dominic Felse and his girlfriend escort a young girl through India and investigate a murder in this mystery from the bestselling author of Fallen Into the Pit . When his girlfriend’s beautiful but erratic film-star mother, Chloe, calls to ask a favor, Dominic Felse fears the worst. But she makes the couple an offer they can’t...
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The House of Green Turf (The Felse Investigations Book 8)
by Ellis Peters
A car crash survivor is convinced she committed murder, and private eye Francis Killian joins forces with George and Bunty Felse to uncover her past. World-famous opera singer Maggie Tressider wakes up in a hospital after an accident, haunted by the certainty that she has committed a murder. Her doctor suggests that, with the help of...
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The Grass Widow's Tale (The Felse Investigations Book 7)
by Ellis Peters
Ignored on her birthday by her husband and son, Bunty Felse takes herself out to celebrate—and finds herself in mortal danger. On the eve of her forty-first birthday, Bunty Felse is overcome with depression. The weather is dreary; her only child, Dominic, fails to call with birthday greetings; and her husband, George, arrives home...
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Rainbow's End (The Felse Investigations Book 13)
by Ellis Peters
When an antiques mogul is murdered in an English village, there are many suspects and very few tears, making it a difficult case for Superintendant Felse. The sleepy village of Middlehope is suddenly jerked into life by antiques mogul Arthur Rainbow. In a whirlwind of activity, he extravagantly refurbishes the manor house; joins...
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Death to the Landlords (The Felse Investigations Book 11)
by Ellis Peters
While on vacation in India, Dominic Felse investigates the violent deaths of two landowners Landlords are never popular, and there is little mourning when the greedy, ruthless Mahendralal Bakhle is blown up on his boat on the beautiful Periyar Lake. Suspicion falls on the boat-boy who died with him, but Dominic Felse, one of a party...
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Black Is the Colour of My True Love's Heart (The Felse Investigations Book 6)
by Ellis Peters
When two attendees go missing from a folk music festival at a remote Gothic mansion, Inspector Felse arrives to solve the mystery—and protect his son. Singers and musicians are gathered for a weekend course in folk music at the impressive neo-Gothic country mansion Follymead. Most come only to sing or to listen, but one or two have...
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The Knocker on Death's Door (The Felse Investigations Book 10)
by Ellis Peters
Superstition clouds the investigation into a dead body found outside a village church in this historical mystery from the author of Fallen Into the Pit . A news photographer is found dead at the threshold of the church of Saint Eata, his hand extended to the door’s great cast-iron knocker. Surely it is not a coincidence when a...
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Death Mask
by Ellis Peters
A troubled English boy sets out to uncover the truth about his father’s death, from the Edgar Award–winning author of the Chronicles of Brother Cadfael.   Following the death of his father at an archaeological dig in Greece, young Crispin Almond returned to England and the mother he barely knew. Now a difficult, morose, and...
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Holiday with Violence
by Ellis Peters
English teens on vacation in Italy are caught up in a murderous conspiracy, from the Edgar Award–winning author of the Chronicles of Brother Cadfael.   On a train ride across Northern Italy, a quartet of young English tourists en route to Venice are charmed by a kindly older fellow passenger. Inviting them into his first-class...
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The Horn of Roland
by Ellis Peters
A famous composer’s post-WWII homecoming is marred by death threats in a gripping tale of suspense from the Edgar Award–winning creator of Brother Cadfael.   Three decades ago, a teenaged Lucas Cornith joined the Austrian Resistance, helping to lead escapees from German oppression across the Alps to Switzerland and safety. But...
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The Assize of the Dying
by Ellis Peters
A pair of gripping mystery novellas dealing with crime and punishment from the Edgar Award–winning author of the Chronicles of Brother Cadfael.   In The Assize of the Dying , a defendant in an English courtroom is sentenced to death for a terrible slaying he insists he did not commit. Rising to his feet, Louis Stevenson places a...
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Dead Man's Ransom (The Chronicles of Brother Cadfael Book 9)
by Ellis Peters
Brother Cadfael must intervene when a prisoner exchange is interrupted by love and murder, in the Silver Dagger Award–winning medieval mystery series. In February of 1141, men march home from war to Shrewsbury, but the captured sheriff Gilbert Prestcote is not among them. Elis, a young Welsh prisoner, is delivered to the Abbey of Saint...
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