One Corpse Too Many : The Second Chronicle of Brother Cadfael, Paperback Book

One Corpse Too Many : The Second Chronicle of Brother Cadfael Paperback

Part of the The Cadfael Chronicles series

4.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


In the summer of 1138, war between King Stephen and the Empress Maud takes brother Cadfael from the quiet world of his garden to the bloody battlefield.

Not far from the safety of the Abbey walls, Shrewsbury Castle falls, leaving its ninety-four defenders loyal to the empress to hang as traitors.

With a heavy heart, Brother Cadfael agrees to bury the dead, only to make a grisly discovery: ninety-five bodies lie in a row, and the extra corpse tells Cadfael that the killer is both clever and ruthless.

But one death among so many seems unimportant to all but the good Benedictine.

He vows to find the truth behind disparate clues: a girl in boys' clothing, a missing treasure, and a single broken flower - the tiny bit of evidence that Cadfael believes can most easily expose a murderer's black heart ...


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320 pages, map
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780751543728



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I really enjoyed this book. For a mystery it is not bad but Ellis Peters does a wonderful job bringing delightful characters to life. The characters are such that I want to read more not necessarily to solve the mystery but rather to find out what happens to the characters. The history of the time makes a great backdrop. While historical events are used medieval life is only partially shown. It is shown in a more idealized sense rather than a more realistic sense but it does provide for a great read.

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