My rating: 4 of 5 stars
An enjoyable tale where Brother Cadfael, our sleuthing monk bumps into his former fiancé when her husband is poisoned. Once again he instantly knows by gut instinct and deduction that the authorities are after the wrong person. With his Welsh language skills and herbal knowledge in use, he travels by mule and horse to find the real culprit, save the day and show up the sheriff’s men. Meantime there is upheaval with the abbot stepping down at Shrewsbury Abbey and the highly ambitious prior stepping into the vacancy without authorisation and throwing his weight about. What will it mean for Cadfael who formerly enjoyed sleeping through sermons?