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Ellis Peters (1913–1995)

Autor(a) de A Morbid Taste for Bones

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About the Author

Ellis Peters is the pseudonym for Edith Pargeter, who was born in Horsehay, Shropshire. She was a chemist's assistant from 1933 to 1940 and participated during World War II in the Women's Royal Navy Service. The name "Ellis Peters" was adopted by Edith Pargeter to clearly mark a division between mostrar mais her mystery stories and her other work. Her brother was Ellis and Petra was a friend from Czechoslovakia, thus the name. She came to writing mysteries, she says, "after half a lifetime of novel-writing." Her detective fiction features well-rounded, knowledgeable characters with whom the reader can empathize. Her most famous literary creation is the medieval monk Brother Cadfael. The blend of history and the formula of the detective story gives Peters's works their popular appeal. As detective hero, Brother Cadfael remains faithful to the requirements of the formula, yet the historical milieu in which he operates is both fully realized and well textured. Peters received the Mystery Writers of America's Edgar Award in 1963 and the Crime Writers Association's Silver Dagger Award in 1981. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
Image credit: Ellis Peters (Edith Pargeter), 1913-1995


Obras de Ellis Peters

A Morbid Taste for Bones (1977) 3,854 cópias
One Corpse Too Many (1979) 2,695 cópias
Justiça à Moda Antiga (1980) 2,278 cópias
The Virgin in the Ice (1982) 2,033 cópias
Saint Peter's Fair (1981) 2,021 cópias
The Leper of Saint Giles (1981) 1,928 cópias
The Sanctuary Sparrow (1983) 1,888 cópias
The Rose Rent (1986) 1,763 cópias
Brother Cadfael's Penance (1994) 1,743 cópias
A Rare Benedictine (1988) 1,741 cópias
The Devil's Novice (1983) 1,713 cópias
The Potter's Field (1989) 1,703 cópias
The Holy Thief (1992) 1,700 cópias
The Summer of the Danes (1991) 1,700 cópias
Dead Man's Ransom (1984) 1,685 cópias
The Hermit of Eyton Forest (1987) 1,684 cópias
An Excellent Mystery (1985) 1,676 cópias
The Raven in the Foregate (1986) 1,656 cópias
The Pilgrim of Hate (1984) 1,621 cópias
The Confession of Brother Haluin (1988) 1,611 cópias
The Heretic's Apprentice (1989) 1,594 cópias
A Nice Derangement of Epitaphs (1965) 500 cópias
Fallen into the Pit (1951) 499 cópias
The Knocker on Death's Door (1970) 484 cópias
Flight of a Witch (1964) 467 cópias
Death and the Joyful Woman (1961) 414 cópias
A Bloody Field by Shrewsbury (1972) 396 cópias
The Piper on the Mountain (1966) 376 cópias
Rainbow's End (1978) 348 cópias
City of Gold and Shadows (1973) 306 cópias
The Heaven Tree (1960) 300 cópias
Mourning Raga (1969) 283 cópias
The House of Green Turf (1969) 274 cópias
The First Cadfael Omnibus (1990) 256 cópias
The Grass Widow's Tale (1968) 254 cópias
Death to the Landlords! (1972) 238 cópias
The Second Cadfael Omnibus (2000) 237 cópias
The Green Branch (1962) 223 cópias
The Scarlet Seed (1963) 216 cópias
Death Mask (1959) 182 cópias
The Will and the Deed (1960) 167 cópias
Sunrise in the West (1974) 165 cópias
The Third Cadfael Omnibus (1992) 164 cópias
The Fourth Cadfael Omnibus (1993) 152 cópias
Never Pick Up Hitch-hikers! (1976) 133 cópias
Funeral of Figaro (1962) 131 cópias
The Marriage of Meggotta (1979) 127 cópias
The Dragon at Noonday (1975) 126 cópias
Holiday with Violence (1952) 123 cópias
The Assize of the Dying (1958) 119 cópias
The Fifth Cadfael Omnibus (1987) 118 cópias
The Hounds of Sunset (1976) 111 cópias
The Sixth Cadfael Omnibus (1996) 107 cópias
The Horn of Roland (1974) 107 cópias
Afterglow and Nightfall (1977) 101 cópias
The Seventh Cadfael Omnibus (1997) 91 cópias
Ellis Peters' Shropshire (1994) 52 cópias
She Goes to War (1989) 51 cópias
Most Loving Mere Folly (1953) 39 cópias
Lost Children (1951) 35 cópias
Reluctant Odyssey (1990) 33 cópias
By Firelight (1948) 32 cópias
Warfare Accomplished (1990) 30 cópias
The Coast of Bohemia (1950) 25 cópias
A Means of Grace (1995) 19 cópias
The Price of Light (1993) 10 cópias
The Soldier at the Door (1954) 9 cópias
Eye Witness [short story] (1993) 9 cópias
The City Lies Four-Square (1939) 8 cópias
Murder in the Dispensary (1999) 8 cópias
Aunt Helen (1994) 5 cópias
Vier historische speurders (1999) 5 cópias
Feline Felonies (1995) 4 cópias
Leading Ladies of Mystery (1999) 4 cópias
Fair Young Phoenix (1972) 3 cópias
Iron-Bound (1936) 1 exemplar(es)
People of My Own (1942) 1 exemplar(es)
Don Juan 1 exemplar(es)
Brother Cadfael Collection (1977) 1 exemplar(es)
The Duchess and the Doll 1 exemplar(es)
Guide to Doom (1963) 1 exemplar(es)
Ellis Peters X 2 Clamshell Pk (1997) 1 exemplar(es)
Monk's Hood [abridged] 1 exemplar(es)
Dekle v zrcalu 1 exemplar(es)
Masters of the parachute mail (1940) 1 exemplar(es)
Death Comes By Post (1940) 1 exemplar(es)

Associated Works

Closely Watched Trains (1965) — Tradutor, algumas edições1,023 cópias
The Mammoth Book of Historical Whodunits Volume 1 (1993) — Foreword & Contributor — 560 cópias
The Big Book of Christmas Mysteries (2013) — Contribuinte — 266 cópias
The Mammoth Book of Historical Detectives (1995) — Contribuinte — 221 cópias
The Cadfael Companion: The World of Brother Cadfael (1991) — Introdução — 168 cópias
The Mammoth Book of More Historical Whodunnits (2001) — Introdução — 147 cópias
The Folio Book of Christmas Crime Stories (2004) — Contribuinte — 117 cópias
Stories Not for the Nervous, Part 2 (1900) — Contribuinte — 97 cópias
Crime for Christmas (1991) — Contribuinte — 85 cópias
Legends of Old Bohemia (1963) — Tradutor, algumas edições83 cópias
More Mystery Cats: Feline Felonies (1993) — Contribuinte — 75 cópias
Cadfael Country: Shropshire and the Welsh Borders (1990) — Introdução, algumas edições68 cópias
2nd Culprit: A Crime Writers' Association Annual (1993) — Contribuinte — 64 cópias
Cadfael: The Complete Series [videorecording] (2005) — Original books — 63 cópias
Murder Most Medieval: Noble Tales of Ignoble Demises (2000) — Contribuinte — 63 cópias
Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Scream Along with Me (1970) — Contribuinte — 61 cópias
Murder in Midsummer: Classic Mysteries for the Holidays (2019) — Contribuinte — 36 cópias
Mysterious Pleasures (2003) — Contribuinte — 33 cópias
Murder in Midwinter (2020) — Contribuinte — 28 cópias
Who Killed Father Christmas?: And Other Seasonal Mysteries (2023) — Contribuinte — 17 cópias
Cadfael: One Corpse Too Many [1994 TV episode] (1994) — Original book — 17 cópias
Cadfael: A Morbid Taste for Bones [1996 TV episode] (1997) — Original book — 15 cópias
A Feast of Stories (1996) — Contribuinte — 14 cópias
Winter's Crimes 11 (1979) — Contribuinte — 13 cópias
Cadfael: The Virgin in the Ice [1995 TV episode] (1995) — Original book — 13 cópias
Cadfael: The Leper of St. Giles [1994 TV episode] (1995) — Original book — 12 cópias
Cadfael: Monk's Hood [1994 TV episode] (1994) — Original book — 10 cópias
Cadfael: The Holy Thief [1998 TV episode] (1998) — Original book — 9 cópias
Cadfael: The Devil's Novice [1996 TV episode] (1995) — Original book — 9 cópias
Cadfael: The Raven in the Foregate [1997 TV episode] (1997) — Original book — 8 cópias
Dangerous Ladies (1992) — Contribuinte — 8 cópias
Vijf historische zaken (1997) 7 cópias
Cadfael: The Sanctuary Sparrow [1994 TV episode] (1995) — Original book — 7 cópias
Cadfael: St. Peter's Fair [1997 TV episode] (1997) — Original book — 7 cópias
Cadfael: The Potter's Field [1998 TV episode] (1998) — Original book — 7 cópias
Cadfael: The Pilgrim of Hate [1998 TV episode] (1998) — Original book — 7 cópias
Winter's Crimes 8 (1976) 6 cópias
Winter's Crimes 16 (1984) — Contribuinte — 6 cópias
Winter's Crimes 13 (1981) — Contribuinte — 6 cópias
Winter's Crimes 17 (1985) — Contribuinte — 5 cópias
Historical Whodunits — Prefácio — 3 cópias
Du sang sous le sapin (2001) 2 cópias
Mystery! Cadfael: The Complete Series 3-4 — Original books — 1 exemplar(es)
Mystery and Suspense — Contribuinte — 1 exemplar(es)
Argosy - November 1958 (1958) — Contribuinte — 1 exemplar(es)
Mystery! Cadfael: The Complete Series 1-2 — Original books — 1 exemplar(es)


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Conhecimento Comum

Nome de batismo
Pargeter, Edith Mary
Outros nomes
Peters, Ellis
Redfern, John
Carr, Jolyon
Benedict, Peter
Data de nascimento
Data de falecimento
Local de enterro
cremated, ashes scattered
País (para mapa)
England, UK
Local de nascimento
Horsehay, Shropshire, England, UK
Local de falecimento
Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England, UK
Locais de residência
Horsehay, Shropshire, England, UK
Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England, UK
Dawley Church of England School
Coalbrookdale High School for Girls
chemist's assistant
Women's Royal Naval Service (WWII)
historical novelist
Cartier Diamond Dagger 1993 [1993]
Edgar Allan Poe Award 1963
Pequena biografia
Edith Mary Pargeter, BEM (September 28, 1913 in Horsehay, Shropshire, England –October 14, 1995) was a prolific author of works in many categories, especially history and historical fiction, and was also honoured for her translations of Czech classics; she is probably best known for her murder mysteries, both historical and modern. Born in the village of Horsehay (Shropshire, England), she had Welsh ancestry, and many of her short stories and books (both fictional and non-fictional) were set in Wales and its borderlands, and/or have Welsh protagonists.

During World War II, she worked in an administrative role in the Women's Royal Naval Service, and received the British Empire Medal - BEM.

Pargeter wrote under a number of pseudonyms; it was under the name Ellis Peters that she wrote the highly popular series of Brother Cadfael medieval mysteries, many of which were made into films for television.



I've been vaguely aware of this series for years, but never actually picked one up. I lucked in to a bulk lot of the series, and picked this one up and read it in an afternoon. I really enjoyed it. There was enough mystery without there being excessive focus on the death, the characterisation was fabulous. Some aspects of what was going on were incredibly well telegraphed, while others I missed entirely.

And the title is a lovely pointed comment, but whether it is specifically the author, or Brother Cadfael, I never did pick.… (mais)
fred_mouse | outras 100 resenhas | Dec 7, 2023 |
This is the second of this series I read, roughly back to back with the first one. I did not find this to be as strong a story, nor so interesting as the first. For such a slim novel, I felt that the politics of the abbey plot line was belaboured and overwrought, while the mystery part felt thin and stretched. I think to some extent there was too much of a sameness between the overly ambitious Prior and the not looking for alternatives Sergeant--which meant that the sections of plot that should have moved past each other instead clumped weirdly.

It was interesting the relevant aspects of English v Welsh law that parts of the story hinge on. I'm not entirely fussed about the truth / historicity of these details, because they worked together to make a whole.

It is possible that if I had been able to find book 2 of the series that this would have worked better -- the first book is not set at the Abbey, and thus there are a number of new-to-me characters that might have felt better developed if I had encountered them previously.

In general, this was a pleasant way to spend some time, but I found myself frustrated by aspects of the writing.
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fred_mouse | outras 48 resenhas | Dec 7, 2023 |
Magnificent writing, so enjoyable to read.
HugoReads | Dec 6, 2023 |
The Rose Rent is 13th of the Brother Cadfael Mysteries series by Ellis Peters. It works just as well reading it as a stand alone book. I have not read any of the other books in this series, and I thoroughly enjoyed this story. It was a good old cozy murder mystery to be enjoyed while relaxing by the fireside and sipping a cup of tea. The setting was ideal--a Benedictine monastery in Shrewsbury in 1142 with all the appropriate and well fleshed out inhabitants of both abbey and Shire in general, from the bronzesmith, Niall to the Sheriff and other inhabitants of the town. The star of this book and series is the shrewd Brother Cadfael, who characteristically of the quiet listener, makes the perfect sleuth.

The scenario revolves around a wealthy young widow, Judith Perle. She runs the family's prosperous clothing business which gives her an independent status highly unusual to women in this time period, outside of cloisters. She has donated a house to the abbey, free of charge with the exception of an annual rent to be paid once a year--delivery to her of a white rose from her favorite rosebush given her by her deceased husband.

Judith has a number of suitors and in addition one of the young Brothers at the monastery has been infaturated by her. After confessing such to his confessor, he if relieved of his duty of delivering the annual rose. However, not long after this confession his body is found near the rosebush, which has been seriously vandalized. It is at first thought to be a suicide, but after comtemplating the scene and looking over the evidence as such, Brother Cadfael and the others determine it was murder, as they piece together signs of foul play.

It is the first in a series of sinister events that transpire revolving around Judith and the rosebush upon which the annual rent, and therefore the contract that gifted the home to the abbey, depends. Next, Judith herself disappears during an early morning walk. It is soon determined that she was kidnapped, likely to prevent the payment of the rose rent, thereby negating the contract and freeing up the property. It is also assumed that it is likely one of her number of suitors who by besmirching her reputation could force her hand in marriage and lay his hands on her business and riches, a perfect motive. Brother Cadfael, along with her other loyal friends, begin their investigation and ongoing search for Judith.

More plot twists ensue, with another body mysteriously washing up with a couple of wounds to the head visible. Judith herself barely escapes the hands of the murderer, being rescued by a newly acquired suitor, one who she is beginning to have fond feelings for, and one who hasn't even admitted to himself yet that he indeed is a suitor.

The only remaining casualty is the rose bush itself, which is blown to bits by the murderer still at large in order to prevent the rose rent from being paid. Everyone is on edge, with the fiend still on the loose. But Brother Cadfael has finally uncovered the last evidence he needed pointing to the culprit who is then confronted and arrested.

We end the story on a happy setting with things finally beginning to look up for the young widow as it seems there is a budding romance growing between her and her rescuer. As I said, it's an enjoyable who-done-it!
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shirfire218 | outras 23 resenhas | Nov 22, 2023 |


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