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Author: Ellis Peters
ISBN13: 978-0446403634
Title: The Holy Thief
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Publisher: Mysterious Press (March 1, 1994)

The Holy Thief by Ellis Peters

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0 5 Author: Ellis Peters. In early 1145, subsiding flood waters reveal a robbery has been committed on church grounds, and Brother Cadfael thinks the robbery is connected to a murder. Read and listen to as many books as you like!

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Book 19, The Chronicles of Brother Cadfael. View More by This Author. When the one person who could identify the sacrilegious thief is murdered, Sheriff Hugh Beringar is summoned and Cadfael's special skills are put to the test. Cadfael-a herbalist, matchmaker, detective and medical examiner-must now be a psychologist as well, soothing egos, calming nerves and finding a killer.

The 19th chronicle of Brother Cadfael. In the chill autumn of 1144, rising flood waters endanger the sacred remains of St. Winifred, the abbey's most cherished possession. When the bones disappear and a corpse is found, Brother Cadfael needs his prayers answered to catch a killer.
Reviews: 7
This 12th century mystery series by Ellis Peters takes place in a fog of civil war, where the English and Welsh were raiding each other’s borders and supporting one or another claimant to the English throne: Empress Maud or King Stephen. In spite of the ongoing violence, the author suffuses her novels with a deep sense of peace and contentment in the monastic life. A monk from the Benedictine Abbey of Saint Peter and Saint Paul at Shrewsbury, Brother Cadfael, the ex-Crusader-turned herbalist is her solver of murders and mysteries of the heart. Ellis weaves a rich tapestry of his daily life on the war-torn Welsh border.

There are two important prologues to "The Holy Thief." You will need to read the first book ("A Morbid Taste for Bones") and the eighteenth book ("The Potter's Field") in this series before this twentieth entry, "The Holy Thief" makes total sense to you.

If you haven't read them, here's what you need to know:

****SPOILER ALERT*******************************************
In "A Morbid Taste for Bones" Brother Cadfael substitutes the body of a murderous monk into the reliquary that was meant for the Welsh Saint Winifred, and leaves her remains buried in peace in Gwytherin, Wales. So all the way through this series, the monks and pilgrims have been worshiping the reliquary on St. Winifred's altar, not realizing that there had been a body switcheroo. Only Brother Cadfael and his friend, Sheriff Hugh Beringar are in on the secret.

By the time we get to "The Potter's Field" Geoffrey de Mandeville, once a supporter of King Stephen, has turned rogue and is terrorizing the Fens. He captures and sacks Ramsey Abbey, then uses it as the headquarters for his band of thieves and outlaws.
****END SPOILER ALERT****************************************

In September 1144, Geoffrey de Mandeville's reign of terror in the Fens is put to an end by an opponent's arrow. His followers disintegrate into small bands of outlaws that prey upon travelers and isolated farmsteads.

Abbot Walter of the ruined Ramsey Abbey collects his scattered monks back into the fold so that they can begin the rebuilding process. He also reaches out to other Benedictine monasteries for aid.

In February 1145, Sub-prior Herluin and young Brother Tutilo arrive at the Abbey of Saint Peter and Saint Paul with Ramsey Abbey's request for aid.

The Abbey and the people of Shrewsbury respond generously with money, jewelry and a wagon-load of wood. But before the Ramsey group can finish packing up, the Severn River begins to flood the Shrewsbury Abbey's grounds and even threatens the altar where Saint Winifred's reliquary is displayed.

All of the monks, including the Ramsey contingent and some townfolk pitch in and move all items that are likely to be damaged by the flood to higher ground, including the precious reliquary.

The wagon loaded with wood and other more valuable donations takes off for Ramsey. The flood slowly subsides, but when the Shrewsbury monks begin to clean up and put everything in order, they discover that Saint Winifred's reliquary has gone missing.

Brother Cadfael has good reason to pray that the thief does not break the seals on the reliquary and take a look inside!

In spite of a murder, "The Holy Thief" is one of the more light-hearted entries in this entertaining series. My favorite scene involves a procedure called 'sortes Biblicae' where the Book of Gospels is opened at random by representatives of three opposing parties, to determine whether St. Winifred's reliquary stays with the monks of Shrewsbury Abbey or whether the Saint would prefer to settle into a new home in the Fens.
The Holy Thief is a sequel to A Morbid Taste For Bones, later in time by 4 or 5 years. Brother Cadfael's abbey is visited by brother Benedictines seeking help to rebuild the abbey of Ramsey, ruined by the ongoing civil war. The monks' mission is beset by bad luck--a treasury in goods and money donated to Ramsey is stolen, the relics of Saint Winifred--Cadfael's patroness--are also stolen, and a man who might have identified the thief is murdered.
This story, though fast-paced and interesting, is too diffuse. It doesn't know which of its themes is the most important: the murder? theft of the donation? theft of the saint? the love story? the rivalry between the two priors? This fragmentation causes several promising characters to be lost in the shuffle (such as onetime novice Sulien Blount, his brother and his fiance), others (such as Remy, the troubador) to be one-dimensional, and the denouement to become unimportant and unsatisfying.
Unusually, Brother Cadfael has little to do, beyond some basic forensics, and acting as confidante for the lovers. His knowledge of herbs and medicines gets barely a nod. He doesn't even diagnose Brother Jerome's ailment as an attack of guilt. Hugh Beringar too takes a back seat, and the "guest of honor," the Earl of Leicester, adds little to the story.
It's all too easy to guess the main villain (the one person with no real need to be in the story) and this person is given no history, character, or motivation. The footpads who steal the horses and wagons meant for Ramsey, are never found.
So, as a mystery, this book is pretty much a failure.
That said, the book's high point, its description of a Sortes Bibliae, is almost good enough to offset all shortcomings. In a kind of clerical court, the abbot and the three claimants for Saint Winifred's relics, randomly open pages in the Bible to determine her wishes, in complete faith that she can communicate and do miracles.
A young, well-meaning but impulsive Benedictine novice decides to abscond with the alleged relics of St. Winifred from the Abbey of Saint Peter and Saint Paul to his war-ravaged abbey some distance away. The novice, not meant for the life of a monk though unaware of it, is uncovered in his guilt by Brother Cadfael and the Sheriff of Shropshire. As the yarn spins on, the young man, now incarcerated in an abbey cell, is also accused of murdering first, a fellow novice, then a young layman. So, in typical Cadfael style, the mystery of the murder is also unveiled, piece by piece, much to the benefit of the novice. Well written. Very good character development and plot line. A "should read" for fans of medieval monastic mysteries.
I have never read a Cadfael book that I did not enjoy. I’ve read all 21 in the series and I wish there were 21 more. I know, I know - sometimes the plots are creaky and predictable, the characters are sometimes a little cartoonish in their righteousness, and Cadfael is SUCH a know-it-all ... but none of that bothers me. If you like well-written cozy mysteries and have not yet read Ellis Peters’ Brother Cadfael novels, you are in for a treat. Oh, and if you saw the mini-series on BBC/PBS with Derek Jacoby, be assured that the books are much better.
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As floodwaters from the Severn rise up and threaten Shrewsbury and the Abbey, a group of visitors descend on the guesthouse. Book 19 of the Brother Cadfael brings in exoected characters we have met recently as well as new ones. A singing slave girl solves the mystery, as well as disappears at the end to nearby Wales, with an unlikely young Benedictine and we meet Robert Early of Leicester ( a likeable man).

I will so hate it when I have exhausted all the books in this series.. Nine left I think?
So happy they are all in Kindle now