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The Potter's Field #2020

The Potter s Field In October of a local landlord gives the Potter s Field to the local clergy The monks begin to plow it and the blades turn up the long tresses of a young woman dead over a year Then the arriva

  • Title: The Potter's Field
  • Author: Ellis Peters
  • ISBN: 9780446400589
  • Page: 274
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Potter's Field By Ellis Peters, In October of 1142, a local landlord gives the Potter s Field to the local clergy The monks begin to plow it, and the blades turn up the long tresses of a young woman, dead over a year Then the arrival of a novice who fled from an abbey ravaged by civil war in East Anglia complicates life even further for Brother Cadfael.

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    1. A few days ago I was about to go to the summer cottage without electronic devices, and because I didn t feel like reading anything from the pile I already had, I went to the library to see if there were Elizabeth Peters s Amelia Peabody adventures Apparently, the library hasn t acquired them in order the horror , so I have to buy the next one if I m planning on reading it Then I saw something interesting next to the other Peters s novels crime novels where a monk is doing the investigating A mo [...]

    2. I was able to get right onto this book, thanks to a spring cold Ah brother Cadfael though he will always look like Derek Jacobi, to me, thanks to the wonderful BBC series His character fascinates me.Cadfael is a Welshman who took up the sword in the First Crusade and fought his way to Jerusalem and back He has seen and done it all before deciding, at age 40, to devote the rest of his life to God s work and joins an order of Benedictine monks While atoning for his sins, he also becomes probably E [...]

    3. The Potter s Field by Edith Pargeter pen name Ellis Peters is the seventeenth installment in the Brother Cadfael series of mysteries Cadfael is a Benedictine monk who works a vegetable garden and herbarium in an abbey in medieval Shrewsbury, England At some distance from the town, the Empress Maude and her cousin King Stephen wage intermittent war for the throne of England This bloody history often influences the main story and helps to ground us in the times As a lover of historical novels, I t [...]

    4. First of all, this was an audio book and the reader, Stephen Thorne, was absolutely excellent If you watch any Britcoms on PBS or remember the movie The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe 1979 , you ve seen him act Every character voice was distinct, with a unique personality His women s voices sounded like women He didn t just read the book, he performed it That alone rated a 5 star review.The setting in Ellis Peters Brother Cadfael novels 12th century England is always meticulously depicted and [...]

    5. The monks begin to dig up a newly acquired field and find than they expecteda woman s body not long buried, thought to be that of the wife of their newest monk thought to have run away with another man Another wonderful story from this amazing woman, transporting us back to the good old days of 12th Century England

    6. Good fun Ellis Peters writes with attention to detail and sympathy for the middle ages, with an engaging mystery to boot Who s not to like

    7. In the anatomy of a mystery, you can pretty much assume that the eventual culprit or mastermind, especially in a murder case, is introduced early on in the plot Writers slip them in with trumpets and cymbals or as unobtrusively as a shadow slanted away from a wall Plot then happens, twisting and turning the culprit in such a way so that the reader is never truly clear about their agency until the a ha moment And if writers succeed in this manipulation of the reader s perception, then generally t [...]

    8. In my continuing march through the Cadfael mysteries I re read this and enjoyed it than the first time around The story was mangled a bit for TV consumption and the original tale as written is satisfying if a bit too complex to fit into the frame of an hour long TV program.All three main players, Cadfael, Abbot Radolfus and Hugh Berringer are estimable men and its a pleasure to see how the three struggle with unknotting the tangled web that is unearthed in The Potter s field.This is another gr [...]

    9. I feel like the Brother Cadfael series slackened and stagnated toward its middle The Potter s Field returns to the really, really good writing of the earlier books, and I hope that change sticks around for the remainder of the series As usual, Peters uses some elements that have been seen in previous books, and the romance is as typical as ever, but the mystery is tight, compelling, puzzling I especially enjoyed how Peters wrote from other characters perspectives, allowing us to see through Hugh [...]

    10. For me, reading a Brother Cadfael mystery is like watching a movie I had started this one a couple of days ago, and tonight I made myself a bag of microwave popcorn and settled in to finish it.And wow, I did not see that coming Well, okay, I saw something sort of like that coming In fact, I think I had of it figured out that Brother Cadfael did by the end Much as I like Brother Cadfael, sometimes he figures stuff out with basically nothing to go on, or he has an inkling of a thought that turns [...]

    11. Ellis Peters lives up to her reputation as a mystery writer with this one The focus shifts around to various suspects as Hugh and Cadfael deal with the flow of information that sheds progressive light on the case The end is a bit of a surprise, which makes for a good mystery.It is a joy to read her descriptions of people, the seasons, the countryside, and the customs As Cadfael is off early one autumn morning, this line pops up But the birds were up and singing, busy and loud, lords of their own [...]

    12. Enjoyable My favourite quotations from this book We live as candles in the breath of God p 182 My soul has benefited from his prayers But pain is here in the body, and has a very loud voice Sometimes I could not hear my own voice say Amen for the demon howling p 238 It may well be, said Cadfael, that our justice sees as in a mirror image, left where right should be, evil reflected back as good, good as evil, your angel as her devil But God s justice, if it makes no haste, makes no mistakes.

    13. One of the best and one that Mystery s video got close to right.Cadfael series excellent historical fiction Ellis Peters draws the reader into the twelfth century with modern story telling but holds us there with a richness of detail which evokes a time and place which might as well be fictional Though the foreground of each chronicle is a murder mystery, behind it a nation and a culture are woven in a wondrous tapestry.

    14. This is another Grandma Price reccomendation I relied on her wide reading to guide me to wholesome books These are fun mysteries, short, intriguing, easy to read that take you back centuries ago to medieval monestaries during the feudal system A real slice of life at that time too.There are many books in this Brother Cadafel series All are good Some characters you run into time and again.

    15. My love for this series never dims even in re reads, I find myself giddy in love with Brother Cadfael, Hugh Beringar, and their cohorts While the plot of this particular outing feels a bit thin and too stretched to carry itself in a truly compelling way, I still appreciate and admire Peters way with descriptions and historical detail Always diverting and perfect winter weather reads.

    16. This is my very favorite medieval mystery series featuring Brother Cadfael at the Abbey of St Peter and St Paul in Shrewsbury, circa 1140 ish I ve been working my way through a re read of the series over the past couple of years and have enjoyed them as much this time around as I did before Only a few left to go, now.

    17. The Potter s Field is the Seventeenth Chronicle of Brother Cadfael, of the Benedictine Abbey of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, at Shrewsbury In 1143 a body is discovered as the Brothers are plowing a field newly donated to the Abbey The local potter who once owned the field abandoned his wife take vows Now it seems that his wife, who was believed to have left with a lover, was actually murdered.

    18. If you like historical mysteries set in medieval times, you ll enjoy these books they re really very good.

    19. Just arrived from USA through BM Another great masterpiece by Ellis Peters I must continue to read this Brother Cadfael series.

    20. Women tend to be nearly invisible in medieval stories Peters wasn t so bad about this, but even she drops into it occasionally Thus in the previous book The Heretic s Apprentice there s a mention in one paragraph of a maid who appears nowhere else in the book.This irregular invisibility is probably the explanation of how a woman s body can show up unexpectedly in the too close plowing of a field, and nobody can say who she might be Or rather, they can say who she MIGHT be, but can t be sure who [...]

    21. The brother Cadfael novels are ones that I always mean to read, but which never seem to be there when I am in the mood for them Thankfully this one was on the shelf at just the right time.A field is deeded to the monastery, a field abandoned for a few years as the previous tenant, a potter, renounced the world and joined the monastery As the field is put to the plow a corpse is revealed and brother Cadfael, who has many liberties and a much wider range of experience and freedom than your averag [...]

    22. In this, the 17th Cadfael mystery, Cadfael s monastery is gifted a plot of land When the monks begin to plow this plot, they unearth the body of a dark haired woman The body is not long buried, but long enough to make it almost impossible to identify Cadfael is thus involved in two mysteries who the woman was, and how she met her end Soon after the body is exhumed, a young monk named Sulien, the younger son of a nearby manor, arrives after fleeing the destruction of his distant abbey Sulien prov [...]

    23. This book is very intriguing and brings up things I have never thought about for example on of the major characters in the book decides to leave his wife and become a monk He was allowed to give everything up to join the church and she was left with nothing and not even allowed to remarry This is where the story begins and I will not reveal anything else It brings up many questions and has an interesting and sad, but satisfying ending.

    24. One of the better Cadfaels The central plot concerns a year old, or maybe older, body of an unidentified woman that is discovered on Abbey land Over the course of the book layers of mystery are peeled back, until we finally learn who she was and how she got there It all makes sense in the end, and is quite well done.

    25. Another wonderful tale from the pen of Ellis Peters drawing on the life and times of the medieval monastic sleuth known as Brother Cadfael.An unexplained death is, as we ve come to expect, at the centre of this particular story, yet the twists and turns end up in a very different place than might be imagined as the journey unfolds.Thoroughly enjoyable.

    26. The seventeenth chronicle of Brother Cadfael takes many twists and turns before surrendering the truth to the reader Who is the woman who was buried in the potter s field and who is to blame for her death Another excellent mystery from Ellis Peters

    27. I love Cadfael books, and usually I rate them 4 stars, but this one is a 3.5 I think the ending felt lacking, and left to this imagination than usual I like my mysteries wrapped up in a bow, not just tied up, I guess.

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