by Ellis Peters
In this Cadfael mystery, the author explores, as usual, not only a mystery, but human nature as well. When the priest of the Foregate passes away, a newcomer must take his place. But the new priest lacks the kindness and understanding of his predecessor. And when he is found murdered, the question is not so much of “Who had motive?” as “Who didn’t?” As always, Cadfael’s mystery is seamlessly woven with the background of England’s civil war. These books are brilliantly written–wonderful mysteries and beautifully thought-provoking. 5/5.