By Ellis Peters
Series: Brother Cadfael
"With the siege of Winchester and the destruction of its Benedictine monastery, an elderly monk (dying from wounds inflicted on the crusades) together with a young, mute but devoted companion-monk, arrive at Shrewsbury seeking refuge. As the reader learns more of the crusader, his companion remains a mystery - reticent to keep company beyond that of his master and a young Shrewsbury monk who befriends him. The eponymous mystery revolves around the search for the girl betrothed to the crusader before he took the cowl. She had resolved to become a Benedictine nun, but never arrived at her chosen convent and had not been seen for three years."
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An excellent story, with a surprising ending. I would definately recommend this one to lovers of detective novels. Especially if you are a fan of historical novels too. Yes, I am definately recommending it, even though it practically throws religion down your throat. Despite the fact it is obviously mentioned pretty much constantly, it's easy to see past that to the mystery the story is telling.