Ellis Peters

A pseudonym of Edith Pargeter, OBE, Peters is internationally celebrated for her 20 novels depicting the life of Brother Cadfael, a 12th-century Benedictine monk at Shrewsbury Abbey. Cadfael, a former Crusader, is now a herbalist and healer but is also a shrewd amateur sleuth who has not lost his ability to wield a staff. The novels are defined by the unstable political condition of England at that time and One Corpse Too Many, The Virgin in the Ice, and Brother Cadfael’s Penance vividly evoke the pressures created by civil war. Historical themes connected with the Welsh Borders often direct the plots in Peter’s previous crime series with Inspector George Felse. Death and the Joyful Woman won an Edgar Allan Poe Award in 1962.

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