A late spring in 1142 has the monks of Shrewsbury Abbey dismayed, for there may be no roses by June 22. For three years, wealthy young widow Judith Perle has rented her house to the monks for the price of a single white rose each year, in honor of her late husband. When nature finally complies, a pious monk is sent to pay the rent—and found murdered beside the hacked rosebush.
Without a rose, the monks’ rental contract becomes void, adding greatly to the widow’s dowry. But before Brother Cadfael can ponder whether a greedy suitor has done this dreadful deed, another crime is committed. Now the good monk must thread his way through a tangle more tortuous than the widow’s thorny bushes and root out a killer.
© 1986 by Ellis Peters
“The joys in the Peters mysteries lie in the telling—the historical detail, the view of medieval life in town and monastery, the lively characterization, and the author’s graceful, literate prose.”
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Times Literary Supplement (London)
“Brother Cadfael, in this thirteenth adventure, is as keen and human as ever. The Rose Rent is one of his most satisfactory chronicles.”
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“Peters is in fine form in this thirteenth book, with a leisurely mystery that once again creates a twelfth century world that is both comfortable and strange, and a series of delightful, interesting characters.”
Wanda McCaddon (a.k.a. Nadia May or Donada Peters) has narrated well over six hundred titles for major audiobook publishers, has earned numerous Earphones Awards, and was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine.