Book Review: One Corpse Too Many by Ellis Peters (Four Stars)


Book Review: One Corpse Too Many (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael #2) by Ellis Peters

(Four Stars)

“Do you know any human creatures who are not strangers, one to another?”

First story in the Main Sequence of Cadfael stories. You may read A Morbid Taste for Bones or A Rare Benedictine first, but you’ll not be disappointed if you start here. (This review falls the third in the current reading.)

“The ugliness that man can do to man might cast a shadow between you and the certainty of the justice and mercy God can do to him hereafter.”

History, in the personage of King Stephen of England comes crashing into twelfth century Shrewsbury and Brother Cadfael’s life will never be the same. But wait, there’s one too many bodies. How do we know and what does it mean? Is Hugh Beringar a friend or foe? Got to read it to find out. Enjoy.

“If you cannot shake off surveillance, the only thing to do is make use of it.”

Peters injects both language and description to achieve a medieval flavor, but she used “thumbs pricked” too often.

“The trouble with me, he thought unhappily, is that I have been about the world long enough to know that God’s plans for us, however infallibly good, may not take the form that we expect and demand.”