The Rose Rent

The Rose Rent

eBook - 2014
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A young widow's gain could be the abbey's loss if Brother Cadfael can't unravel a thorny case of murderA late spring in 1142 brings dismay to the Abbey of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, for there may be no roses by June 22. On that day the young widow Perle must receive one white rose as rent for the house she has given to benefit the abbey, or the contract is void. When nature finally complies, a pious monk is sent to pay the rent—and is found murdered beside the hacked rosebush. The abbey's wise herbalist, Brother Cadfael, follows the trail of bloodied petals. He knows the lovely widow's dowry is far greater with her house included, and she will likely wed again. Before Cadfael can ponder if a greedy suitor has done this dreadful deed, another crime is committed. Now the good monk must thread his way through a tangle more tortuous than the widow's thorny bushes.
Publisher: New York : MysteriousPress.com/Open Road, 2014.
ISBN: 9781497671416
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource ( pages)
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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EuSei Jul 02, 2015

Another excellent, extremely well-written, well constructed story by Edith Pargeter (Ellis Peters). "The biting wind changed to a temperate breeze, the sun came out over the earth like a warm hand stroking, the seed stirred in the ground and put forth green blades, and a foam of flowers, all the more exuberant for having been so long restrained, burst forth in gold and purple and white over garden and meadow." This is an example of the prose by the talented writer who wrote the Cadfael mysteries. All books, so far, excel. Highly recommend.

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Jul 04, 2012

Good mystery, nice historical texture and likeable characters. Really excellent historical mystery.

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