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Ellis Peters (1913–1995)

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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 visa mer 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) visa färre
Foto taget av: Ellis Peters (Edith Pargeter), 1913-1995


Verk av Ellis Peters

Ett helgon till varje pris (1977) 3,853 exemplar
Ett lik för mycket (1979) 2,694 exemplar
Baneman i örtagård (1980) 2,278 exemplar
Sankt Pers marknad (1981) 2,021 exemplar
Galgenfrist för en gycklare (1983) 1,888 exemplar
Rosenmysteriet (1986) 1,762 exemplar
Brother Cadfael's Penance (1994) 1,743 exemplar
A Rare Benedictine (1988) 1,741 exemplar
Djävulens novis (1983) 1,713 exemplar
The Potter's Field (1989) 1,703 exemplar
The Holy Thief (1992) 1,700 exemplar
The Summer of the Danes (1991) 1,700 exemplar
The Hermit of Eyton Forest (1987) 1,684 exemplar
Ett utsökt mysterium (1985) 1,676 exemplar
Korpen i klosterbyn (1986) 1,656 exemplar
Hatets pilgrim (1984) 1,621 exemplar
The Confession of Brother Haluin (1988) 1,611 exemplar
The Heretic's Apprentice (1989) 1,594 exemplar
The Brothers of Gwynedd Quartet (1977) 543 exemplar
A Nice Derangement of Epitaphs (1965) 500 exemplar
Fallen into the Pit (1951) 499 exemplar
The Knocker on Death's Door (1970) 484 exemplar
Flight of a Witch (1964) 467 exemplar
Death and the Joyful Woman (1961) 414 exemplar
A Bloody Field by Shrewsbury (1972) 396 exemplar
The Piper on the Mountain (1966) 376 exemplar
Rainbow's End (1978) 348 exemplar
City of Gold and Shadows (1973) 306 exemplar
The Heaven Tree (1960) 300 exemplar
Mourning Raga (1969) 283 exemplar
The House of Green Turf (1969) 274 exemplar
The First Cadfael Omnibus (1990) 256 exemplar
The Grass Widow's Tale (1968) 254 exemplar
Death to the Landlords! (1972) 238 exemplar
The Second Cadfael Omnibus (2000) 237 exemplar
The Green Branch (1962) 223 exemplar
The Scarlet Seed (1963) 216 exemplar
Death Mask (1959) 182 exemplar
The Will and the Deed (1960) 167 exemplar
Sunrise in the West (1974) 165 exemplar
The Third Cadfael Omnibus (1992) 164 exemplar
The Fourth Cadfael Omnibus (1993) 152 exemplar
Never Pick Up Hitch-hikers! (1976) 133 exemplar
Funeral of Figaro (1962) 131 exemplar
The Marriage of Meggotta (1979) 127 exemplar
The Dragon at Noonday (1975) 126 exemplar
Holiday with Violence (1952) 123 exemplar
The Assize of the Dying (1958) 119 exemplar
The Fifth Cadfael Omnibus (1987) 118 exemplar
The Hounds of Sunset (1976) 111 exemplar
The Sixth Cadfael Omnibus (1996) 107 exemplar
The Horn of Roland (1974) 107 exemplar
Afterglow and Nightfall (1977) 101 exemplar
The Seventh Cadfael Omnibus (1997) 91 exemplar
Ellis Peters' Shropshire (1994) 52 exemplar
Brother Cadfael's Book of Days (2000) 52 exemplar
She Goes to War (1989) 51 exemplar
Most Loving Mere Folly (1953) 39 exemplar
Lost Children (1951) 35 exemplar
Reluctant Odyssey (1990) 33 exemplar
By Firelight (1948) 32 exemplar
Warfare Accomplished (1990) 30 exemplar
The Coast of Bohemia (1950) 25 exemplar
A Means of Grace (1995) 19 exemplar
Monk's Hood / St. Peter's Fair (1994) 16 exemplar
The Price of Light (1993) 10 exemplar
The Soldier at the Door (1954) 9 exemplar
Eye Witness [short story] (1993) 9 exemplar
The City Lies Four-Square (1939) 8 exemplar
Murder in the Dispensary (1999) 8 exemplar
Aunt Helen (1994) 5 exemplar
Vier historische speurders (1999) 5 exemplar
Feline Felonies (1995) 4 exemplar
Leading Ladies of Mystery (1999) 4 exemplar
Fair Young Phoenix (1972) 3 exemplar
Iron-Bound (1936) 1 exemplar
People of My Own (1942) 1 exemplar
Don Juan 1 exemplar
Brother Cadfael Collection (1977) 1 exemplar
Guide to Doom (1963) 1 exemplar
Dekle v zrcalu 1 exemplar
Death Comes By Post (1940) 1 exemplar

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Cadfael: The Devil's Novice [1996 TV episode] (1995) — Original book — 9 exemplar
Cadfael: The Raven in the Foregate [1997 TV episode] (1997) — Original book — 8 exemplar
Dangerous Ladies (1992) — Bidragsgivare — 8 exemplar
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Cadfael: The Potter's Field [1998 TV episode] (1998) — Original book — 7 exemplar
Cadfael: The Pilgrim of Hate [1998 TV episode] (1998) — Original book — 7 exemplar
Winter's Crimes 8 (1976) 6 exemplar
Winter's Crimes 16 (1984) — Bidragsgivare — 6 exemplar
Winter's Crimes 13 (1981) — Bidragsgivare — 6 exemplar
Winter's Crimes 17 (1985) — Bidragsgivare — 5 exemplar
Historical Whodunits — Förord — 3 exemplar
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Namn enligt folkbokföringen
Pargeter, Edith Mary
Andra namn
Peters, Ellis
Redfern, John
Carr, Jolyon
Benedict, Peter
cremated, ashes scattered
Land (för karta)
England, UK
Horsehay, Shropshire, England, UK
Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England, UK
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
Priser och utmärkelser
Cartier Diamond Dagger 1993 [1993]
Edgar Allan Poe Award 1963
Kort biografi
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.… (mer)
fred_mouse | 100 andra recensioner | 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 | 48 andra recensioner | 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 | 23 andra recensioner | Nov 22, 2023 |


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