King Stephen's bloody siege against the town of Shrewsbury has reduced many of its stores and homes to rubble. The townspeople, busy preparing for the annual St. Peter's Fair, complain that the Shrewsbury monks have not shouldered their fair share of the burden. Cadfael, hoping to assuage flaring tempers, is drawn into a worse kind of violence on the eve of the festival.
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by Ellis Peters
"Although civil war continues, England is at peace enough for the abbey to sponsor its annual fair. When one of the visiting merchants is murdered, Brother Cadfael determines "whodunit" and why. It's easy to imagine the hero through Tull's narration. Cautious and deliberate, he ponders clues as lives hang in the balance. He makes slight changes when vocalizing the other characters. The listener's attention is maintained, but the pace of the narration is slow, almost tedious. A creative, eye-catching, black and white cover shows Cadfael running down the street about to pass a hidden, shrouded villain. C.J.M. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine"
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