An Excellent Mystery by Ellis Peters

224 pages missing pub info (editions)

fiction historical mystery mysterious slow-paced


In the year of our Lord 1141, two monks ride into the Benedictine abbey of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, bringing with them disturbing news of war--and a mystery. The strangers tell how the strife between the Empress Maud and King Stephen has destro...

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mysterious 100%
adventurous 40%
emotional 40%
hopeful 30%
reflective 30%
dark 10%
informative 10%
lighthearted 10%
relaxing 10%
sad 10%


medium 54%
fast 27%
slow 18%

Plot- or character-driven?

Plot: 66% | A mix: 33%

Strong character development?

No: 50% | Yes: 33% | It's complicated: 16%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 83% | It's complicated: 16%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 100%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

No: 66% | It's complicated: 16% | Yes: 16%

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