In the winter of 1142, snow blankets the Bendictine Abbey of Saint Peter and Saint Paul -- at Shrewsbury Abbey, England Midlands, -- causing damage to the guest hall, and the brothers must repair its roof before the danger worsens. The treacherously icy conditions are to prove nigh fatal for Brother Haluin when he slips from the roof in a terrible fall, sustaining such grave injuries that he makes his deathbed confession to the Abbot Radulfus and Brother Cadfael. A startling story of trespasses hard for God or man to forgive emerges. But Haluin does not die. On his recovery, he sets out on a journey of expiation, with Cadfael as his sole companion. An arduous trip, it leads to horrifying discoveries, and to murder...
Ellis Peters is one of the pseudonyms of Edith Pargeter who wrote several books under her own name and also Peter Benedict, Jolyon Carr and John Redfern. She was the recipient of the Crime Writers Association and the Cartier Diamond Dagger Award. She died in 1995.
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