Brother Cadfael’s stories are fantastic. They are very atmospheric and give a great sense of the characters and the setting. The beginning may be a little slower, but the story has a good sense of build up throughout, and I found myself caring very much about not only the identity of the culprit but also the affect on the other characters when they found out. Brother Cadfael is a sympathetic and practical soul, and he is very understanding of the flaws and struggles of his fellow brothers as well as the laypeople around him. The mystery is also solid, and its resolution is very clever and fitting. I’ll definitely be following Brother Cadfael’s adventures further.