Sin embargo, los preparativos quedarán interrumpidos a raíz de un brutal asesinato. Con su singular perspicacia, fray Cadfael se enfrentará a un caso cuyo desenlace sorprenderá a los lectores... y al propio monje detective.
It is 1952, and the shadow of World War II still lies over the green fields of the small village of Comerford on the Welsh borders. When ex-prisoner of war Helmut Schauffler is murdered, local policeman Sergeant George Felse has his work cut out: Schauffler was Nazi to the core and the majority of the villagers had good reason to despise him.
Sergeant Felse’s fourteen-year-old son, Dominic—who found Schauffler’s body in a shallow brook—is fascinated by the case. Much to his father’s disapproval, he resolves to find the murderer—a decision that places his own life in great danger. . . .
Fallen Into the Pit is the 1st book in the Felse Investigations, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
On the eve of her forty-first birthday, Bunty Felse is overcome with depression. The weather is dreary; her only child, Dominic, fails to call with birthday greetings; and her husband, George, arrives home only to announce that he has to leave for London immediately to attend to urgent police business. After almost twenty years as a detective’s wife, Bunty doesn’t protest or complain; she sends George off with a swiftly packed case.
To shake off her black mood, Bunty goes out for a solitary evening walk. She stops at the local pub for a drink and accepts a lift home from a sad young man whose troubles draw her out of her own and makes her feel compelled to help him. But as soon as the car door closes, the driver reveals a dark secret that could lead them both to early graves. Will she manage to escape the mysterious fugitive before it’s too late?
The Grass Widow’s Tale is the 7th book in the Felse Investigations, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
Landlords are never popular, and there is little mourning when the greedy, ruthless Mahendralal Bakhle is blown up on his boat on the beautiful Periyar Lake. Suspicion falls on the boat-boy who died with him, but Dominic Felse, one of a party of young tourists visiting the landlord’s game reserve, is not convinced of the boy’s guilt. And when the party moves on to the next destination, the terror pursues all the way to the southernmost tip of India.
The police blame local terrorists targeting wealthy landlords, but what would that have to do with a group of innocent travelers? To get to the bottom of this trail of violence, Dominic Felse must unravel a deadly Indian rope trick of hatred and murder.
Death to the Landlords is the 11th book in the Felse Investigations, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
His whole life, William Banks has been trying to escape his mother, who wants desperately for him to become a lawyer. Banks wants to paint, and when he gets the opportunity to attend art school in the next county, he jumps at the chance. It’s only forty miles, but it’s a start. Getting to class, however, will be a deadly proposition.
On his way there, Banks is picked up by Alf, a down-on-his-luck crook who has dreamed up a plan involving a fire, a burned body, and a dead hitchhiker. By all rights, Banks shouldn’t live to see morning, but a stroke of luck—and a very helpful village girl—help him escape death without his ever knowing he was in danger. Caught up in a bizarre case of missing identity, Banks must think quickly to save his own life—once he finally realizes someone is trying to kill him.
A news photographer is found dead at the threshold of the church of Saint Eata, his hand extended to the door’s great cast-iron knocker. Surely it is not a coincidence when a second victim is discovered in eerily similar circumstances?
Legend holds that sinners who seize the knocker have their hands burned by the cold iron, but Gerry Bracewell didn’t die of burns, and neither did the second victim. Did they knock on death’s door, or is a more down-to-earth killer at large? Detective Chief Inspector George Felse watched the ceremony to rededicate the door, but little did he know that he would be called back to Mottisham to investigate murder. . . .
The Knocker on Death’s Door is the 10th book in the Felse Investigations, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
Singers and musicians are gathered for a weekend course in folk music at the impressive neo-Gothic country mansion Follymead. Most come only to sing or to listen, but one or two have nonmusical scores to settle. When brilliantly talented Liri Palmer sings “Black, black, black is the colour of my true-love’s heart,” she clearly has a message for someone in the audience. And as passions run high, there is murder brewing at Follymead.
Among the music students are Dominic Felse and his girlfriend, Theodosia. When not one, but two, members of the group go missing from the hall, Dominic calls upon his father, Detective Inspector George Felse, to help him solve this most perplexing mystery.
Black Is the Colour of My True Love’s Heart is the 6th book in the Felse Investigations, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
Este nuevo caso enfrentará al monje detective a las pasiones más oscuras del alma humana, donde ningún crimen es tan cruel como el que se comete por amor desesperado.
Is a vulgarity ground for murder? Alfred Armiger had antagonized many with his greed and crass acquisitiveness. So when the ruthless beer baron is discovered dead, his head beaten in by a magnum of champagne, there is no shortage of suspects.
All of Comerford is shocked when Detective George Felse arrests Kitty Norris, the daughter of a rival beer baron, the last person to see Armiger alive, and the main beneficiary of his will. But Kitty, charming and popular, has an unexpected advocate in Felse’s young son, Dominic, who has fallen in love with her. Passionately convinced of Kitty’s innocence, Dominic sets out to find the true culprit, a hazardous undertaking that could cost him his life.
Death and the Joyful Woman is the 2nd book in the Felse Investigations, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
Theodosia Barber had been planning to spend her summer vacation in Europe in any case, so what could be simpler than persuading her travel companions to make a minor detour to the scene of the crime?
Bewitched by Theodosia’s beautiful brown eyes and blissfully unaware of her real motives, Dominic Felse cannot refuse her plea for a change of plan. And he’s certainly not prepared for their innocent touring holiday to become a murder investigation, with Theodosia in grave danger of becoming another unlikely victim. . . .
The Piper on the Mountain is the 5th book in the Felse Investigations, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
While on a seaside vacation in Cornwall with his son, Dominic, Detective Inspector George Felse can’t help but investigate a dark mystery of smuggling, missing bodies, and murder.
Jan Treverra was a legendary Cornish poet and smuggler who died two centuries ago. But when local scholar Simon Towne arranges to open Treverra’s grave in search of his long-lost literary legacy, the tomb yields two dead bodies . . . and neither one is the body of Jan Treverra. In this derelict seashore graveyard, Felse uncovers a trail of violence in Maymouth’s history that casts shadows centuries long. . . .
A Nice Derangement of Epitaphs is the 4th book in the Felse Investigations, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
Annet Beck is hauntingly beautiful, which worries her parents so much that they guard her as closely as a prisoner . . . until the rainy Thursday in October when she disappears. Annet is last seen vanishing over the crest of the eerie Hallowmount, a hill said to be the abode of witches. Five days later, she mysteriously reappears, claiming that she was only gone for two hours.
Enchanted by her beauty, Annet’s parents’ lodger Tom Kenyon is determined to find the explanation for her disappearance: Could it be deceit, amnesia, or witchcraft? Tom’s amateur investigations lead to nowhere until Detective Inspector George Felse finds cause to connect those missing five days with his inquiry into a death.
Flight of a Witch is the 3rd book in the Felse Investigations, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
When his girlfriend’s beautiful but erratic film-star mother, Chloe, calls to ask a favor, Dominic Felse fears the worst. But she makes the couple an offer they can’t refuse: an all-expense-paid trip to India to escort Anjili Kumar, the fourteen-year-old daughter of Chloe’s costar, to stay with her father while her mother is filming in England.
But Dominic’s fears are not unfounded, and they soon discover that traveling with the spoiled, precocious Anjili is no vacation—and the task of delivering her back to her family will be less than easy. For behind the colorful, smiling mask of India that tourists see, there is another country—remote, mysterious, and often shatteringly brutal. . . .
Mourning Raga is the 9th book in the Felse Investigations, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
Llewelyn, prince of Gwynedd, dreams of a Wales united against the English, but first he must combat enemies nearer home. Llewelyn and his brothers-Owen Goch, Rhodri, and David-vie for power among themselves and with the English king, Henry III. Despite the support of his beloved wife, Eleanor, Llewelyn finds himself trapped in a situation where the only solution could be his very downfall...
Originally published in England as four individual novels, The Brothers of Gwynedd transports you to a world of chivalry, gallant heroes, and imprisoned damsels; to star-crossed lovers and glorious battle scenes; and is Edith Pargeter's absorbing tale of tragedy, traitors, and triumph of the heart.
"A lively evocation of life on the Welsh borders in the Middle Ages, coupled with an ingenious plot, and the whole narrated with elegant crispness." -The Times L iterary Supplement
"Strong in atmosphere and plot, grim and yet hopeful...carved in weathered stone rather than in the sands of current fashion." -Daily Telegraph
"A richly textured tapestry of medieval Wales." -Sunday Telegraph
"Those who fancy historical fiction with an emphasis on the history will savor this convincing tale." -Publishers Weekly
Henry Bolingbroke knows that he should be king of England. It's his God-given destiny, and the young Richard II had no right to banish him and claim the throne. With the help of the powerful lords of Northumberland, especially Harry "Hotspur" Percy, Henry triumphantly overthrows Richard and imprisons him.
But the thrill of becoming Henry IV of England fades as trouble brews in Wales. Rebellion is in the air, and the question of how Richard II really died lingers, poisoning the court.
Henry IV will need all his strength to defend the crown, but the relationships between the king, Hotspur, and the king's son Prince Hal contain the seeds of their own destruction. The king's powerful enemies are poised to pounce as the three men are drawn to bloody collision some two miles from Shrewsbury. Filled with the glorious historical detail that fans of Edith Pargeter have come to expect, A Bloody Field by Shrewsbury is a skillful tapestry of the feuds, loves, and triumphs of Henry IV.
"Chivalry, treachery, conflict of loyalties...are the rich threads in the tapestry...the clash of wills is as stirring as the clash of steel."
"A vivid portrait of Hotspur...one of the last knights-errant of the age."
The sleepy village of Middlehope is suddenly jerked into life by antiques mogul Arthur Rainbow. In a whirlwind of activity, he extravagantly refurbishes the manor house; joins the golf club, angling society, and arts council; and—in a ruthless coup—dislodges the old church organist to take over the position himself.
But for all his reforming zeal, the Middlehope community rejects Rainbow. And when Rainbow’s crushed body is found in the graveyard of Saint Eata’s church, there is very little surprise or sorrow—but much speculation as to whom the murderer could be. After all, there are so many candidates—from his young, beautiful, flirtatious wife to the usurped organist and his mutinous choir. It falls upon Superintendent George Felse, newly promoted head of the Midshire CID, to solve this most perplexing murder case.
Rainbow’s End is the 13th book in the Felse Investigations, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
When archaeologist Alan Morris disappears in Turkey, his great-niece, Charlotte, regrets never having gotten to know him better. In an attempt to better understand him, Charlotte begins reading the books he wrote. One of them leads her to visit the Roman site of Aurae Phiala on the Welsh border—the last place her great-uncle worked before leaving for Turkey. But when Charlotte arrives, she finds more than just a few old stones. . . .
First there is a charming young man, coincidentally staying at the same hotel, who is very insistent on being her guide. Then a troublesome schoolboy disappears and a corpse is found. Detective Chief Inspector George Felse is called in to solve a case with origins in ancient Rome.
City of Gold and Shadows is the 12th book in the Felse Investigations, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
They find Felipe in his coffin—the ebony sarcophagus that he has always kept beside his bed—dressed in an impeccable tuxedo. Even in death, he’s larger than life. The women of London hold a vigil outside his salon, beating their breasts in memory of their dear, departed stylist. But one reporter wonders just how much they really knew about Felipe. Who was this elegant legend, and who was the woman who inspired his famous logo, the perfect pair of lily-white hands that welcomed him into death?
“The Lily Hand” is vintage Ellis Peters: a breathtaking story of painful life and beautiful death. In the sixteen stories in this lovely collection, life and death are closer together than they may seem, and there are some mysteries that are better left unsolved.
World-famous opera singer Maggie Tressider wakes up in a hospital after an accident, haunted by the certainty that she has committed a murder. Her doctor suggests that, with the help of a psychiatrist, she may be able to lay the nameless specter to rest. But Maggie chooses a very different expert to help her unearth the secrets of her past.
Her commission launches private investigator Francis Killian on a hunt across Europe in search of a grave. But the trail also leads him to one Bunty Felse, a former colleague of Maggie’s, and the wife of Inspector Felse. The successful end of Killian’s search is only the beginning of a long pilgrimage—a journey that leads not only back into the past, but also to a remote corner of the Austrian Alps where death awaits.
The House of Green Turf is the 8th book in the Felse Investigations, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
Tras la caída del castillo de Shrewsbury, fray Cadfael es llamado para dar cristiana sepultura a los noventa y cuatro soldados rebeldes ejecutados por orden del rey. Pero cuando hace el recuento encuentra un cadáver de más... que le pone sobre la pista de un asesino tan cruel como escurridizo.
Durante unas abundantes lluvias otoñales, tiene lugar una inundación que amenaza las reliquias de santa Winifreda. Nadie podía imaginar que desaparecerían durante el traslado para ponerlas a salvo. Son rápidamente recuperadas, pero el único testigo presencial del robo muere durante la investigación...
The jury foreman trembles as he delivers the verdict. After a grueling trial, the erudite and elegant Louis Stevenson has been found guilty of murder—and sentenced to death. A ripple of excitement goes through the courtroom, and Stevenson rises to make a final statement. He’s innocent, he insists, and for condemning him, he swears cosmic vengeance on four men: the prosecutor, the foreman, the judge, and the true killer of Zoë Trevor. On their heads, he places the Assize of the Dying, a medieval curse that ensures they’ll be dead within a month.
In “The Assize of the Dying” and “Aunt Helen,” Ellis Peters is at her best—and murder and elegance go hand in hand.
The moment Evelyn Manville enlists in the British Army, his thoughts turn to Dorothy Grieve. He’s loved her since they were children, and now he can finally ask her to be his wife. But when she refuses, the heartbroken Evelyn flees to the fringes of the British empire, and doesn’t return to London for sixteen years. He’s been home just three hours before he runs into his former love, and his old feelings come flooding back. This time, however, she has a proposal for him.
A newly minted widow, Dorothy has been left alone to care for Crispin, a son she hardly knows. Desperate for help, she invites Evelyn to come to the country and act as the young boy’s tutor. But Evelyn will soon find that Crispin believes his father was murdered—and discovering the truth could break Evelyn’s heart all over again.
It’s been years since Lucas Corinth, world-renowned composer, has set foot in the town of his birth. In that time, Europe has been torn apart by war, but Gries, an exquisite little village nestled deep within the Alps, has not been touched—at least not perceptibly. In this high-altitude paradise, the scars lie just below the surface.
As a young man, Corinth worked with the resistance, helping refugees evade the Nazis and escape across the Swiss border. When the operation was discovered, he escaped. His best friend was not so lucky. Back in Gries as the guest of honor for the town’s annual music festival, Corinth receives a message: The past has not been forgotten, and vengeance will be exacted. Corinth was born in Gries, and if he’s not careful, he’ll die there too.
Siglo XII, Inglaterra. Fray Cadfael lleva una existencia sencilla como encargado del herbario de la abadía benedictina de Shrewsbury. Sin embargo, su plácida rutina se ve truncada cuando el ambicioso prior Roberto decide hacerse con las reliquias de santa Winifreda. La experiencia mundana de fray Cadfael será la pieza clave para destapar un crimen terrible que parece irresoluble.
Verano de 1143. Dos ilustres visitantes llegan a la abadía de Shrewsbury. El poderoso prelado Gerberto aparece rodeado de gran pompa; el caballero Guillermo de Lythwood lo hace en un ataúd, escoltado por su servidor Elave. Su misión es conseguir que su señor sea enterrado en el recinto de la abadía pero, al parecer, la reputación de Guillermo estaba en entredicho por algunas opiniones heréticas.
Gerberto aprovecha la oportunidad para oponerse a la inhumación. Su negativa encuentra apoyo al descubrirse que Elave también ha expresado opiniones que se podrían considerar heterodoxas, debido al testimonio de Fortunata, una doncella enamorada de Elave.
Y, por si fuera poco, se produce un violento asesinato... Fray Cadfael se ve obligado, una vez más, a asumir el papel de detective y resolver el caso.
Fray Cadfael pide licencia a su abad, Radulfo, para asistir a la reunión, aunque no le mueve un interés político sino humano. Debe encontrar a Oliveros de Bretaña, un joven caballero que ha sido apresado por las tropas del rey y que ahora corre un peligro mortal... Y es que Oliveros es su hijo secreto, concebido cuando Cadfael no era más que un joven soldado.
En Coventry, para su decepción, no logra averiguar su paradero, pero sí hace un descubrimiento preocupante: no todo el mundo está a favor de la paz, existen poderosas fuerzas que se benefician del sufrimiento de muchos y un aura de violencia reprimida preside las reuniones. El instinto paternal y el sentido del deber como hombre de bien luchan en el alma de fray Cadfael, que deberá poner en tensión toda su energía, tenacidad e inteligencia para conseguir su doble propósito: servir a la causa de la paz y proteger el más profundo de sus afectos terrenales.
Antonia Byrne awakes in a splendid hotel room, and finds she isn’t alone. When she sees the circle of concerned faces surrounding her bed, she knows she’s going to die, but she intends to leave this world with a flourish. After all, she’s the greatest diva of her generation and has always known how to make an exit. But before she goes, Antonia needs to say goodbye to Richard, whom she has loved with a passion so fierce she never dared spoil it with marriage. She’s made a new will, and she wants Richard to take charge of her most valued treasure. He accepts, and she dies with laughter on her lips.
Returning to England, Antonia’s entourage is forced to make an emergency landing in the snowbound Alps, where the revelation of the new will leads to jealousy, betrayal, and a sweeping tragedy suited to the legacy of Antonia Byrne.
Jimmy Clash, aka Jimmy the One, has poured thousands into the Leander Theatre’s opera company and never seen a cent of profit, but he doesn’t mind a bit. Jimmy loves the extravagance of great opera, and the Leander’s new production of The Marriage of Figaro will be its most spectacular feat yet. But when the star basso dies in a freak plane accident, the production is thrown into jeopardy. Luckily, Jimmy is able to secure Marc Chartier, the greatest Figaro in the world and the man who will singlehandedly save the Leander—or tear it apart.
A living legend, Chartier is also a womanizer, a brute, and a coward. He steals the heart of every woman backstage, and when he’s murdered in the middle of a performance, every member of the company becomes a suspect. Before the last curtain falls, the killer must be captured, or the Leander will be audience to a murderous encore.
In a forgotten suburb of London recently leveled by German bombs, an artists’ colony has taken root. Theo Freeland spent the war painting, studiously avoiding danger, while his wife, Suspiria, made pottery during the day and drove ambulances at night. But now the war is over, and Theo spends his time drinking himself into a stupor while Suspiria tolerates him as best she can. She has her work, and that’s enough. After all, she and Theo are promised to each other—till death do they part. Death, as it happens, is right around the corner.
Suspiria’s life changes forever the night her husband is helped home by Dennis Forbes, a strapping young mechanic who can’t take his eyes off the drunkard’s wife. When Theo is later found poisoned, and Suspiria claims Dennis as her own, the village turns on them. But the real tragedy is yet to come.