The Potter's Field by Ellis Peters

217 pages first pub 1989 (editions)

fiction crime historical mystery dark mysterious medium-paced


August, 1143. The body of a woman is unearthed in the freshly plowed fields that once belonged to a local potter -- now a Benedictine monk. The woman is revealed to be his beautiful young wife, thought to have run away. Medieval Benedictine monk B...

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mysterious 100%
relaxing 33%
adventurous 16%
challenging 16%
dark 16%
emotional 16%
lighthearted 16%


medium 66%
slow 16%
fast 16%

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Strong character development?

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Loveable characters?

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Diverse cast of characters?

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