The Leper of Saint Giles : The Fifth Chronicle of Brother Cadfael Paperback
by Ellis Peters
Part of the The Cadfael Chronicles series
Brother Cadfael sets out to visit the Saint Giles leper colony outside Shrewsbury, knowing that a grand wedding is due to take place at the Abbey of Saint Peter and Saint Paul.
As he arrives at Saint Giles the nuptial party passes the colony's gates.
He sees the fragile bride, looking like a prisoner between her two stern guardians, and the groom, an arrogant, fleshy aristocrat old enough to be her grandfather.
With his usual astuteness he suspects that this union may be more damned than blessed.
He is horrifically proved right when a savage murder disrupts the May-December marriage leaving Brother Cadfael with a dark and terrible mystery to solve.
For the key to the killing - and a secret - are hidden among the lepers of Saint Giles and Brother Cadfael's skills must diagnose a sickness, not of the body, but of a twisted soul.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 288 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date: 06/10/2011
- Category: Historical mysteries
- ISBN: 9780751547122
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Review by mamzel
Cadfael returns to investigate the mysterious murder of a man slated to marry the next day to a woman much younger than him. That she is the sole heir of her father's estates and had been under the care of an unscrupulous couple adds to the mystery. The young man accused of the murder hides in a community of lepers that are cared for by the monks which gives Cadfael the time to discover the truth behind the murder.This series continues to delight as it gives the reader a peek into the life of a monastery in the Middle Ages.