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The Leper of Saint Giles (1981)

de Ellis Peters

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In this mystery in the award-winning series featuring a twelfth-century Benedictine monk, Brother Cadfael must travel to the heart of a leper colony to root out the secret behind a savage murder. Setting out for the Saint Giles leper colony outside Shrewsbury, Brother Cadfael has more pressing matters on his mind than the grand wedding coming to his abbey. But as fate would have it, Cadfael arrives at Saint Giles just as the nuptial party passes the colony's gates.   When he sees the fragile bride looking like a prisoner between her two stern guardians and the bridegroom--an arrogant, fleshy aristocrat old enough to be her grandfather--he quickly discerns this union may be more damned than blessed. Indeed, a savage murder will interrupt the May-December marriage and leave Cadfael with a dark, terrible mystery to solve. Now, with the key to the killing hidden among the lepers of Saint Giles, the monk must ferret out a sickness not of the body, but of a twisted soul.  … (més)
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In Bk 5, A marriage of convenience is all that matters between the bride's relatives & the bridegroom. An interested party, however, hopes to disrupt the marriage ceremony. When the bridegroom ends up dead on the day of the marriage service, the interested party hides out in a leper colony where he meets a leper who has more than a passing interest in the bride. As brother Cadfael probes deeper, he discovers a web of deceit & then another murder beyond the walls of the leper colony serves to expose the murderer. ( )
  walterhistory | Jul 6, 2022 |
One of the few I missed first time around. Good as they always are. ( )
  Malaraa | Apr 26, 2022 |
For slower paced, traditional mysteries that are very skilfully written, you can't go wrong with Brother Cadfael. When Peters created a crusader turned monk, she gave herself a large canvas on which to paint a variety of clever, interesting crimes.

The Leper of St. Giles takes place largely in and around St. Giles, the hospice for lepers that lies just outside Shrewsbury, but it's largely about the wedding of an 18 year old girl, sold off by her guardians for a large portion of her own inheritance, to a cold, unfeeling 60-something land baron who only bought her lands and is taking her on sufferance. Of course she's fragile and innocent and lovely and of course his squire is around the bend in love with her and incandescent over the injustice of her treatment. And of course the baron ends up murdered.

There's a plot twist in this book; a rather major one, but it's telegraphed early on, so that I knew long before it was revealed. It's a good one, but if Peters hadn't split the difference, the early guess would have ruined the story. As it is, Peters seems to have covered her bets and kept that reveal from being absolutely pivotal to the plot, making the ultimate solution a surprise, and a tragic one at that.

A few of the series characters readers enjoy aren't here in this book, but there are other characters that endear themselves to the reader. There's a bit of humor here and there too, making this a much more enjoyable read than the last, St. Peters' Fair, which was a good story but dragged. I'd be best pleased if we saw Bran and Joscelin again, though I'm not counting on it. ( )
  murderbydeath | Jan 24, 2022 |
No, it is not great literature, or even a great thriller. Some of it was quite predictable. There are “ B movies”, there are “B books”. But like comfort food, some tales just nourish us, like chicken soup or mashed potatoes.

You see, I have been fighting a nasty cold for 10 days now. I have better days when I think I am getting over it, just to feel awful again the next day. Then, while I lay there, incapable to even look at a printed page, Brother Cadfael’s voice – I listened to it in audio – kept me interested in living. Like chicken soup, indeed.
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1 vota RosanaDR | Apr 15, 2021 |
The leper of Saint Giles is the fifth chronicle of Brother Cadfael and is not a disappointment to Ellis Peters' fans. Lepers, a wedding, an elderly bridegroom, a young girl, her aunt and uncle, and 2 lovers all intertwine in this tightly held mystery. Not a problem in the end for the good Brother.

As with many volumes in this series, there is a map. To better understand the story use all the maps in the previous books as well as this one. ( )
  fdholt | Jun 14, 2019 |
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Brother Cadfael set out from the gatehouse, that Monday afternoon of October, in the year of 1139, darkly convinced that something ominous would have happened before he re-entered the great court, though he had no reason to suppose that he would be absent more than an hour or so.
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This is the main work for the The Leper of Saint Giles by Ellis Peters. Please do not combine with any adaptation (e.g. the BBC TV adaptation starring Derek Jacobi), abridgement (e.g. the abridged audio recording read by Derek Jacobi), etc.
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In this mystery in the award-winning series featuring a twelfth-century Benedictine monk, Brother Cadfael must travel to the heart of a leper colony to root out the secret behind a savage murder. Setting out for the Saint Giles leper colony outside Shrewsbury, Brother Cadfael has more pressing matters on his mind than the grand wedding coming to his abbey. But as fate would have it, Cadfael arrives at Saint Giles just as the nuptial party passes the colony's gates.   When he sees the fragile bride looking like a prisoner between her two stern guardians and the bridegroom--an arrogant, fleshy aristocrat old enough to be her grandfather--he quickly discerns this union may be more damned than blessed. Indeed, a savage murder will interrupt the May-December marriage and leave Cadfael with a dark, terrible mystery to solve. Now, with the key to the killing hidden among the lepers of Saint Giles, the monk must ferret out a sickness not of the body, but of a twisted soul.  

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