One Corpse Too Many

One Corpse Too Many

In the summer of 1138, war between King Stephen and the Empress Maud takes Brother Cadfael from the quiet world of his garden into a battlefield of passions, deceptions, and death. Not far from the safety of the abbey walls, Shrewsbury Castle falls, leaving its ninety-four defenders loyal to the empress to hang as traitors. With a heavy heart, Brother Cadfael agrees to bur In the summer of 1138, war between King Stephen and the Empress Maud takes Brother Cadfael from the quiet world of his ga...

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Title:One Corpse Too Many
Author:Ellis Peters
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Genres:Mystery
ISBN:One Corpse Too Many
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:214 pages pages

One Corpse Too Many Reviews

  • LJ
    Oct 18, 2009
    First Sentence: Brother Cadfael was working in the small kitchen garden by the abbot?s fishponds when the boy was first brought to him. There is civil war in England as King Stephen and Empress Maud fight for the throne. A young man, who is not, has been brought to the abbey and ...
  • Chrissie
    Oct 04, 2010
    This was wonderful. I was thinking all through it that I would be giving it four stars because I really have to save the very best books for five star class winners, but then came the end which I adored. So yep, another five star book. This is as good as The Leper of Saint Giles, and t...
  • Luann
    Apr 18, 2011
    If I didn't know after reading the first Brother Cadfael, A Morbid Taste for Bones, that I wanted to read ALL of the Brother Cadfael books, I definitely know it now after reading book two! Brother Cadfael is such a smart, interesting, capable, and overall cool character! He is exactly ...
  • Lori
    Sep 13, 2018
    A girl, disguised as a boy, turns up at the monastery, seeking refuge. The king had a number of persons executed. One additional body is found. Cadfael gains the king's permission to seek the murderer. Meanwhile the king and his men are seeking the girl. This was a re-read for me, and ...
  • Laura
    Nov 01, 2012
    From BBC radio 4 Extra: With England at civil war in 1138, the medieval monk has a murder on his hands. Ellis Peters' mystery stars Glyn Houston. ...
  • Susanna - Censored by GoodReads
    May 13, 2008
    I've read this before but have no memory of the plot, so I thought I'd read it again. Later: This is, in a way, a medieval "spy vs. spy" story, and to my mind the best in the Brother Cadfael series. I think I'd start a reader new to the Cadfael series here, actually. ...
  • Ron
    Sep 04, 2008
    First story in the Main Sequence of Cadfael stories. Suggest you read "A Morbid Taste for Bones" or "A Rare Benedictine" first, but you'll not be disappointed if you start here. History, in the personage of King Stephen of England comes crashing into twelfth century Shrewsbury and B...
  • Laura
    Feb 13, 2013
    It's so refreshing to read a mystery series with no gore or bad language that is mixed with a cast of characters I'd like to know in real life. They're wise, honorable people. The central character is a monk, but don't let that put you off. He becomes a real person with flaws, not some...
  • Petra
    Dec 23, 2015
    1138 England. King Stephen is in conflict with Empress Maude for the throne. During the siege of Shrewsbury, executions are ordered and Father Cadfael finds one body too many in with the dead....murder! I like the medieval setting and the descriptions of the customs, lifestyles and pl...
  • Marta
    May 09, 2019
    Very entertaing series with great historical background. I was wondering after the first one what the formula might be, and was pleasanly surprised that the story was very different. This time the backdrop is the civil war between King Stephen and the Empress Maud, who both are claimin...
  • Mike
    Aug 03, 2011
    The Cadfael series has two strong positives and one serious negative. I find the setting (a monastary in medieval England) very intriguing. I also enjoy Peters's plot lines, which are intricately developed. On the other hand, her character development is hasty and too-easy. She would r...
  • Megan Larson
    Sep 26, 2009
    Reading this book was my rebellious way of escaping from my middle ages "reading list" without wholly leaving the middle ages, and I am heartily glad for it. It really was excellent--the only complaint I had was that it was a little hard to get into, because it was so historically dens...
  • Ellie
    Jan 05, 2011
    Wonderful series: and full of lots of interesting tidbits of information for anyone (like me) entranced by medieviality (I know that's not a word-well, it is now,I guess). I read the series with a close friend and we had a great time with it. Reading alone/together is a great way for b...
  • Manybooks
    Jun 30, 2019
    What is there not for me to love about Ellis Peters Brother Cadfael series and in particular about the second novel of the series, about One Corpse too Many? It (and this is actually also the general case for the entire series) presents a wonderfully realistic sense of historic time an...
  • aPriL does feral sometimes
    Oct 02, 2014
    The year is 1138 and it's war! King Stephen and Empress Maud fight each other for the right to rule England. Back and forth, the lords, their Knights and men-at-arms fight for their chosen liege. Unfortunately for the town of Shrewsbury the castle is in the hands of supporters of Maud ...
  • Cecily Felber
    Nov 11, 2010
    This second Brother Cadfael story is set against the backdrop of the siege of Shrewsbury Castle in 1138 during a nineteen-year conflict between two royal cousins, Stephen and Maud, for the throne of England. Cadfael tries to do the right thing amid the conflicting loyalties of the time...
  • Lady Clementina ffinch-ffarowmore
    Feb 18, 2019
    Book 2 of the Brother Cadfael series, which is one I?ve been reading in no particular order. The series is set in 12th Century England where a civil war is raging between cousins King Stephen and Empress Maud, both claimants to the throne. People support one or the other as per their...
  • CatBookMom
    Jan 03, 2012
    Excellent story, great narration. It doesn't get much better than this. Cadfael meets Beringar; Beringar meets Aline; Shrewsbury survives siege and would-be King Stephen. I always think this is the better first-read of the Cadfael books, more so than *A Morbid Taste for Bones*. ...
  • Jeanne
    Jul 24, 2019
    [F]or every untimely death, every man cut down in his vigour and strength without time for repentance and reparation, is one corpse too many. (Kindle 3278) It is 1138, and King Stephen and Empress Maud are fighting for the throne of England. Maud was the last king's only living chil...
  • Tara
    May 06, 2013
    Second book in the series, and yet another one that I remembered fairly well from the TV episode based on it. Actually, aside from giving us the marvelous Sean Pertwee as Hugh Beringar (and who will always be my personal image of Hugh, for all that the show replaced him at least twice ...
  • Wanda
    Jun 14, 2017
    The trouble with me, he thought unhappily, is that I have been about the world long enough to know that God's plans for us, however infallibly good, may not take the form we expect and demand. Brother Cadfael, that former military man in a monk?s robe, knows his onions?.and his ...
  • C.
    Nov 02, 2018
    Ellis Peters? ?A Morbid Taste For Bones? travelled but the home-sticking ?One Corpse Too Many? was action-packed. Whether the constant movement kept Edith Pargeter?s soft adverbs in check, or she improved; I was relieved. I enjoyed her second novel so much better than I tho...
  • Jeff
    Sep 20, 2012
    One Corpse Too Many is the second Brother Cadful book I?ve read. The Brother Cadful series has a lot going for it: a unique ?investigator?, the medieval time setting, a close attention to period detail. The minuses include: cardboard characters, stale dialogue, and a somewhat sti...
  • cloudyskye
    Jan 10, 2019
    Back again in medieval Shrewsbury. Reading this for the 3rd time (at least), I knew who the culprit was, but I enjoyed the details all the more. We are introduced to Hugh Beringar, whom I like a lot and who from now on will be in all the stories. King Stephen, Empress Maud ... so impor...
  • Ace
    Feb 02, 2017
    A good old fashioned murder mystery. A marked improvement on Cadfael #1 in my opinion, but the ingredients were the same - good plot, several suspects and of course a love brewing in the background. ...
  • Carol She's So Novel꧁꧂
    Aug 24, 2015
    2.5* A real disappointment, especially since I enjoyed the first Brother Cadfael book so much. & such an intriguing premise! A corpse mixed in with the victims of a massacre -awesome idea! This was a muddled mess and I'm not interested enough to go back to try to figure ou...
  • Stacie  Haden
    Aug 23, 2018
    3.5 stars. I'm still not 100% sold on this series. I'll have to read another. :) ...
  • Tara
    Aug 27, 2018
    Despite the unusual setting of this series (a 12th century monastery in rural England), the pacing, suspense and character building are as good as any modern mystery. Peters is also excellent at creating strong, intelligent women who manage not to feel out of place in the period. Dange...
  • Alex Cantone
    Feb 22, 2019
    ?for every untimely death, every man cut down in his vigour and strength, without time for repentance and reparation, is one corpse too many. One Corpse Too Many is the second of the chronicles of ?Cadfael?, a Welsh Benedictine monk in 12th century England at Shrewsbury Abbey,...
  • Kiwi Begs2Differ  ✎
    Dec 25, 2015
    I wasn?t impressed by the first book of the successful series by Ellis Peters, but in this second book, brother Cadfael grew on me. This time I listened to the audio version narrated by Stephen Thorne, who I credit from my better experience. The ending was too sweet for my taste but ...