Books by Ellis Peters

Novelist. Born September 1913 at Horsehay, Shropshire. Her father was a clerk at a local ironworks. Edith attended Dawley Church of England School and the Coalbrookdale High School for Girls. Through her mother, she grew to love the history and countrysid


THE TRINITY CAT by Ellis Peters
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 30, 2006

"Though Peters (1913-95) disclaimed any special expertise in short fiction, the evidence here is varied and beautifully written, with particular attention to bringing even minor characters to life."
Fifteen tales of mystery and melodrama, all but four of them from the years before Peters, née Edith Pargeter, took the medieval mystery to bestselling new heights (Brother Cadfael's Penance, 1994, etc.). Read full book review >
BROTHER CADFAEL'S PENANCE by Ellis Peters
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1994

"Persevere past the drumbeat of canned history in the opening chapter and you'll find the pace quickening to unfold one of Cadfael's most moving adventures, one that touches his own generous heart most closely."
The ruinous civil war between King Stephen and the Empress Maud for 12th-century England brings added heartache to Brother Cadfael (The Holy Thief, 1993, etc.) when he learns that his unacknowledged son, Olivier de Bretagne, has become a casualty. Read full book review >
FALLEN INTO THE PIT by Ellis Peters
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Others may find it a bit of a slog."
In postwar England, the village of Comerford—home to Police Sergeant George Felse—has its share of returned heros: Quiet teacher Chad Wedeerburn; decorated paratrooper Jim Tigg, now sheepherding on Chris Collins's farm; and Charles Blunden, who fought his way across Italy, now back to his father Selwyn's substantial land holdings. Read full book review >
THE HOLY THIEF by Ellis Peters
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1993

"The pace sometimes slows to a near standstill; the elegant prose is sometimes excessive—but, for the patient, the reward is finely wrought transport to another time."
In 1144, the Benedictine Abbey at Shrewsbury, home of herbalist-humanist-sleuth Brother Cadfael (The Summer of the Danes, etc.), has extended its hospitality to Brother Herluin and his novice attendant Brother Tutilo—both soliciting help for the ravaged Abbey at Ramsey, many miles away, left in shambles by the marauding forces of the Earl of Essex, now vanquished. Read full book review >
THE SUMMER OF THE DANES by Ellis Peters
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1991

"Others may find the going a bit weighty."
It's the summer of 1144, and Brother Cadfael, herbalist-sleuth of Shrewsbury's Benedictine Abbey, has joined wise young Brother Mark on a diplomatic mission to newly installed Bishop Gilbert of St. Read full book review >
FLIGHT OF A WITCH by Ellis Peters
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 13, 1991

"The delicate prose so right for the author's splendid tales of 12th-century England (The Potter's Field, etc., etc.) has a florid resonance here, but the patient reader will find a tension-laden, consistently intriguing puzzle."
Where was Annet Beck from Thursday to Tuesday while her anguished parents searched for her, trying to hide her disappearance from the scandal-mongering tongues of Comerford village in Wales? Read full book review >
THE POTTER'S FIELD by Ellis Peters
Released: Dec. 3, 1990

Wise, wily Brother Cadfael, herbalist and supersleuth of the 12th-century Benedictine Abbey at Shrewsbury, is once again faced with an unsettling puzzle. Read full book review >