My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Our sleuthing medieval monk, Brother Cadfael finds himself embroiled in a wedding of an unhappy teenager to an old man. It’s purely business, but there is a young man who loves the bride-to-be and tries to stop the wedding in a blustering and immature fashion. Then the groom gets killed and suspicion falls on the young lover. He runs away and finds refuge in the nearby leper colony of St Giles. Nothing is as it seems with the characters and it’s up to Brother Cadfael to unravel the mystery, clear the name of the reckless young man and find who the actual killer was. And the clue, as usual, is botanical, this time a bunch of rare flowers that only grow in one place in the whole country! It occurs to me that Brother Cadfael would have had a challenge to his sleuthing career in today’s environment of greenhouses where everything is grown irrespective of country of origin.