One Corpse Too Many

Chronicles of Brother Cadfael #2

Ellis Peters

fiction crime historical mystery
dark informative mysterious medium-paced

214 pages | first published 1979

In the summer of 1138, war between King Stephen and the Empress Maud takes Brother Cadfael from the quiet world of his garden into a battlefield of passions, deceptions, and death. Not far from the safety of the abbey walls, Shrewsbury Castle falls, leaving its ninety-four defenders loyal to the empress to hang as traitors. With a heavy heart, Brother Cadfael agrees to bury the dead, only to make a grisly discovery: one extra victim that has been strangled, not hanged.

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mysterious 100%
adventurous 25%
dark 25%
relaxing 25%
tense 25%

Pace

medium 60%
slow 40%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 50% | Plot: 50%

Strong character development?

It's complicated: 50% | No: 50%

Loveable characters?

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Diverse cast of characters?

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3.79