The Devil's Novice by Ellis Peters

288 pages first pub 1983 (editions)

fiction crime historical mystery adventurous mysterious medium-paced


In the autumn of 1140 the Benedictine monastery at Shrewsbury finds its new novice Meriet Aspley a bit disturbing. The younger son of a prominent family, Meriet is meek and biddable by day, but his sleep is rife with nightmares so violent that the...

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mysterious 88%
adventurous 33%
emotional 33%
reflective 22%
dark 11%
hopeful 11%


medium 75%
slow 25%

Plot- or character-driven?

Plot: 60% | A mix: 40%

Strong character development?

Yes: 71% | No: 28%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 71% | It's complicated: 28%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 85% | N/A: 14%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

No: 57% | Yes: 28% | It's complicated: 14%

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