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Dead man's ransom : the ninth chronicle of Brother Cadfael
Peters, Ellis, 1913-1995.
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[Large print edition].
Publication Information:
Thorndike, Me. : Thorndike Press, 1999.

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295 pages ; 22 cm
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This magnificent fantasy takes readers back through the millennia to the First Age of Mithgar. Two creatures embark on a quest to find their missing friendNa quest that will set them roaming the world on a fabled ship and pit them against a master of evil bent on opening a pathway of power to Mithgar. Reissue.

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)

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

In this mystery featuring 12th-century Brother Cadfael, a Welsh lord captured by the English is to be exchanged for Gilbert Prestcote, sheriff of Shropshire, who is held by the Welsh. When Prestcote dies in Welsh hands, Cadfael suspects murder and reveals the motives of the captors. PW commented: ``Peters's local color is at its most engaging in the tangled family trees that sprawl across a contentious border.'' (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Revenge and romance are the twin forces that propel this intriguing entry in Peters's Brother Cadfael series (e.g., The Devil's Novice, Audio Reviews, LJ 3/1/94). The Benedictine monk brings his not inconsiderable gifts of detection to bear on the question of who murdered an exchanged prisoner of war. Along the way, Cadfael dispenses sage advice to a young fellow Welshman. Twelfth-century England comes to life through the author's skillfully crafted setting and narrator Patrick Tull's nearly ideal characterization of the Benedictine sleuth. Unfortunately, Tull sounds much the same when speaking as the younger Welshman, but his overall narration is a joy to the ear. Highly recommended for audio collections that do not already have the Chivers version of this mystery (Audio Reviews, LJ 3/1/93).-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.