My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Brother Cadfael gets to immerse himself in the busy St Peters Fair. Fights break out between the town and abbey over who should earn the profits from the fair, a couple of merchants die and a young beautiful lady is in peril. Which of her two young suitors should she go for? The handsome and dashing lordling or a naïve, troublemaking and plain shoemaker’s son? Cadfael and the towns constable Beringer join forces to solve the murders, ransacking and mysterious behaviour to figure out who the murderer is and their motives. Meanwhile Cadfael’s herbarium thrives, smells good and is a good place to drink ale on a midsummer night with his pal Beringer.