A Morbid Taste for Bones - Ellis Peters

A Morbid Taste for Bones

By Ellis Peters

  • Release Date: 2014-08-05
  • Genre: Cozy
Score: 4.5
From 96 Ratings


The “irresistible” and “compelling” first novel in the historical mystery series featuring a Welsh Benedictine monk in the twelfth century (The Washington Post).

A Welsh Benedictine monk living at Shrewsbury Abbey in western England, Brother Cadfael spends much of his time tending the herbs and vegetables in the garden—but now there’s a more pressing matter. Cadfael is to serve as translator for a group of monks heading to the town of Gwytherin in Wales. The team’s goal is to collect the holy remains of Saint Winifred, which Prior Robert hopes will boost the abbey’s reputation, as well as his own. But when the monks arrive in Gwytherin, the town is divided over the request.

When the leading opponent to disturbing the grave is found shot dead with a mysterious arrow, some believe Saint Winifred herself delivered the deadly blow. Brother Cadfael knows an earthly hand did the deed, but his plan to root out a murderer may dig up more than he can handle.

Before CSI and Law & Order, there was Brother Cadfael, “wily veteran of the Crusades” (Los Angeles Times). His knowledge of herbalism, picked up in the Holy Land, and his skillful observance of human nature are blessings in dire situations, and earned Ellis Peters a Crime Writers’ Association Silver Dagger Award. A Morbid Taste for Bones kicks off a long-running and much-loved series that went on to be adapted for stage, radio, and television.


  • A Morbid Taste For Bones

    By Scottee-77
    Read these books years ago and am very happy to be reading them again. Well worth it.
  • Audio book - A morbid taste for bones

    By 11Balto
    The book itself is worth 5 stars but the audio book? it doesn't even deserve 1 star. If you're familiar with audio books you would understand my frustration. It sounded like just some old man rambling all the time. Even when it supposed to be a 16 year old girl speaking, it souunded just as hoarse as a 80 years old Benedictine brother grumbling. Every character (English or Welsh, young or old) sounded exactly the same nasty old guy. Such a disappointment. I really had a high hope for this audio book version of brother Cadfael story. Oh well.