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The Virgin In The Ice: 6

Ellis Peters

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Cadfael Chronicles, Fiction, Crime & mystery

In his sixth chronicle Brother Cadfael is again caught up with the effects of civil war when two orphans disappear in the winter storms.

It is winter 1139 and the tranquil life in the monastery gardens in Shrewsbury is again interrupted by violence. Raging civil war has sent refugees fleeing north from Worcester. Among them are two orphans from a noble family, a boy of thirteen and an eighteen year old girl of great beauty, with their companion, a young Benedictine nun. But the trio have disappeared somewhere in the wild countryside. Cadfael fears for these three lost lambs, but his skills are needed to tend to a wounded monk, found naked and bleeding at the roadside. Why this holy man has been attacked and what his fevered ravings reveal soon give brother Cadfael a clue to the fate of the missing travellers and he sets out to find them. The search will lead him to discover a chilling and terrible murder, and a tale of passion gone astray.

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Ellis Peters

Ellis Peters gained worldwide praise and recognition for her crime fiction and for her meticulous recreations of monastic life in the twelfth century in the Chronicles of Brother Cadfael.

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