The Potter's Field : The Seventeenth Chronicle of Brother Cadfael Paperback
by Ellis Peters
Part of the The Cadfael Chronicles series
The year is 1143, and once again Brother Cadfael is forced to abandon the tranquility of his herb garden and use his knowledge of human nature to solve a murder- this time frighteningly close to home.
When a newly ploughed field, recently given to the Abbey yields that body of a young woman, Cadfael is quickly thrown into a delicate situation.
The field was once ownded by a local potter named Ruald, who deserted his beautiful wife to take monastic vows among the Benedictines.
The woman was said to have gone away with a lover, but now it would appear otherwise.
With the arrival of young Sulien Blount, a novice fleeing homeward from the civil war raging in East Anglia, the mysteries surrounding the corpse start to multiply.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 240 pages, map
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date: 13/08/1998
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9780751527339
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Review by hpagano
The Potter's Field nestles into the category of comfortable detective story that titillates just enough to keep the reader interested, but throughout reaffirms warm, safe, hearth and home values. Although this was the first Brother Cadfael novel I've ever read, it is actually book 18 of 21 in a series that definitively ended with the death of the author, Edith Pargeter (Ellis Peters is a pseudonym). Pargeter was an accomplished historian and linguist. Any hopes I had of language playing a role in the mystery were disappointed. However, the detective plot is inseparable from its historical setting, and that inseparability is a hallmark of how successfully Pargeter blended mystery and historical fiction.Certainly this Brother Cadfael novel pales next to it's monastic medieval mystery cousin, The Name of the Rose. But taken for what it is, The Potter's Field is a pleasant, logically satisfying, and harmless read.