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The devil's novice : the eighth chronicle of Brother Cadfael
Peters, Ellis, 1913-1995.
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[Large print edition].
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Thorndike, Me. : Thorndike Press, 1999.

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293 pages ; 22 cm
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It is the autumn of AD1140, and Brother Cadfael finds himself playing the part of devil's lawman at a conference on the acceptance of two novices to the Order. After much deliberation, nineteen-year-old Meriet Aspley is welcomed to the monastery. But Meriet is destined to become the source of so much confusion and distress that some soon think of him as the Devil's Novice.Shortly after his arrival, a superior prelate disappears not far from Shrewsbury. Cadfael investigates, and uncovers a story of great courage and treachery -- as well as the fascinating explanation of Meriet's predicament...

Author Notes

Ellis Peters is the pseudonym for Edith Pargeter, who was born in Horsehay, Shropshire. She was a chemist's assistant from 1933 to 1940 and participated during World War II in the Women's Royal Navy Service. The name "Ellis Peters" was adopted by Edith Pargeter to clearly mark a division between her mystery stories and her other work. Her brother was Ellis and Petra was a friend from Czechoslovakia, thus the name. She came to writing mysteries, she says, "after half a lifetime of novel-writing." Her detective fiction features well-rounded, knowledgeable characters with whom the reader can empathize.

Her most famous literary creation is the medieval monk Brother Cadfael. The blend of history and the formula of the detective story gives Peters's works their popular appeal. As detective hero, Brother Cadfael remains faithful to the requirements of the formula, yet the historical milieu in which he operates is both fully realized and well textured. Peters received the Mystery Writers of America's Edgar Award in 1963 and the Crime Writers Association's Silver Dagger Award in 1981.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Library Journal Review

This eighth entry in Peters's Brother Cadfael series (e.g., The Virgin in the Ice , Audio Reviews, LJ 6/15/93) introduces Meriet Aspley, a determined novice whose habit ill suits him and whose sleep-shattering nightmares have earned him the title ``Devil's Novice.'' Probing Meriet's past, Brother Cadfael discovers a mysterious link between his precipitous entry into monastic life and the unsolved murder of a royal emissary. Less a whodunit than a sensitive portrayal of family relationships strained by greed and betrayal, this story is given a worthy narration by Patrick Tull, who excels in re-creating Cadfael's gruff Welsh voice and in conveying the tension that crackles across the pages. The program is sturdily packaged and includes an intriguing cover illustration. Highly recommended wherever substantial mysteries are appreciated.-- Sister M. Anna Falbo, Villa Maria Coll. Lib., Buffalo, N.Y. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.