organchordsandlightning's review against another edition
- Plot- or character-driven? Plot
- Strong character development? It's complicated
- Loveable characters? Yes
- Diverse cast of characters? No
- Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes
anaidelawless's review against another edition
First of all this has one of the most interesting premises I ever encountered. I mean ninety-four hanged and sudennly there is corpse that does not belong? Who wanted to cover their crime in such a clever way? If it were not for brother Cadfael he would have probably suceeded.
So now to the characters. Cadfael is as great es ever, helping people, staying aside all the political machinations, achieving justice, making friends and devising clever plans. And there are others, two young people who you kinda have to ship together cause they just work and they are clearly innocent. Much more interesting is the fellow you spend half of the book suspecting only for him to become your favorite. I cannot stress enough how much love I have for a character who has both big heart but also quick mind to try to enrich himself when the opportunnity presents itself, while still staying faithful to his conscience. So well written. And his love interest is also great, similar to him in many ways. The resolution comes when you almost think the whole ordeal was forgotten and it makes so much sense. Great premise, great story, great characters so overall very enjoyable experience.
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enzobissell's review against another edition
- Plot- or character-driven? A mix
- Strong character development? Yes
- Loveable characters? Yes
- Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
- Flaws of characters a main focus? No
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thejdizzler's review against another edition
Really loved the depiction of England under Stephen. Much better than under Penman.
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garnetofeden's review against another edition
Ever sage and broad-minded, Cadfael’s “monarch is neither Stephen nor Maud,” but he “value[s] devotion and fidelity, and doubt[s] if it matters whether the object falls short” (27). It’s a delight to watch him match wits with the young Hugh Beringar. In a time of precarious allegiances, he wonders at first if Hugh is a friend or a foe. Once again the author’s adroitness impresses as she expands on this moment from history. The only quibble I have is one of the tests Brother Cadfael uses to confirm his inkling about his new helper’s secret.
One Corpse Too Many is another excellent installment in the Chronicles of Brother Cadfael, and it is sure to thrill historical mystery lovers and fans of medieval England. It was a pleasure to revisit as I hopefully finally fully finish the series this time around.
Some of my favorite quotes:
- “What you do and what you are is what matters.” (27)
- “All the things of the wild have their proper uses, only misuse makes them evil.” (51)
- “God’s plans for us, however infallibly good, may not take the form that we expect and demand.” (176)
Last finished reading 9/17/2023.