Ellis Peters Books

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Author Ellis Peters (whose real name is Edith Mary Pargeter) was born in Horsehay, Shropshire, England on September 28, 1913 and passed away at the age of 82 (after going back home after she had a stroke, the date was October 14, 1995) in Madeley, Shopshire. Ellis Peters is one of her many different pen names that she used. Pargeter worked in an administrative role in the Women’s Royal Naval Service during the second World War; she reached petty officer by New Years Day 1944 when she was given British Empire Medal. She would devote the rest of her life to writing (either fiction that was well researched or non-fiction). Pargeter also learned Czech and would publish translations (that won awards) of Czech poetry and prose into English. This came about after she got very interested in Czech culture and the language, after she visited Czechoslovakia. Her work on the “Cadfael Chronicles” are given credit for making historical novels popular; although they were not called that when she first started writing them. She never attended college but was self taught in subjects that interested her. Pargeter would later get an honorary master’s from Birmingham University. Although she never married, she did fall in love with a man and would remain friends with him after he married someone else.

Order of Inspector Felse Series

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1 Fallen Into the Pit 1951 Description / Buy
2 Death and the Joyful Woman 1961 Description / Buy
3 Flight of a Witch 1964 Description / Buy
4 A Nice Derangement of Epitaphs 1965 Description / Buy
5 The Piper on the Mountain 1966 Description / Buy
6 Black Is the Colour of My True Love's Heart 1967 Description / Buy
7 The Grass Widow's Tale 1968 Description / Buy
8 The House of Green Turf 1969 Description / Buy
9 Mourning Raga 1969 Description / Buy
10 The Knocker on Death's Door 1970 Description / Buy
11 Death to the Landlords 1972 Description / Buy
12 City of Gold and Shadows 1973 Description / Buy
13 Rainbow's End 1978 Description / Buy

Order of Chronicles of Brother Cadfael Series

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1 A Morbid Taste for Bones 1977 Description / Buy
2 One Corpse Too Many 1979 Description / Buy
3 Monk's Hood 1980 Description / Buy
4 Saint Peter's Fair 1981 Description / Buy
5 The Leper Of St. Giles 1981 Description / Buy
6 The Virgin in the Ice 1982 Description / Buy
7 The Sanctuary Sparrow 1983 Description / Buy
8 The Devil's Novice 1983 Description / Buy
9 Dead Man's Ransom 1984 Description / Buy
10 The Pilgrim of Hate 1984 Description / Buy
11 An Excellent Mystery 1985 Description / Buy
12 The Raven in the Foregate 1986 Description / Buy
13 The Rose Rent 1986 Description / Buy
14 The Hermit of Eyton Forest 1987 Description / Buy
15 The Confession of Brother Haluin 1988 Description / Buy
16 A Rare Benedictine 1988 Description / Buy
17 The Heretic's Apprentice 1989 Description / Buy
18 The Potter's Field 1989 Description / Buy
19 The Summer of the Danes 1991 Description / Buy
20 The Holy Thief 1992 Description / Buy
21 Eye Witness 1993 Description / Buy
22 The Price of Light 1993 Description / Buy
23 Brother Cadfael's Penance 1994 Description / Buy

Order of Ellis Peters Standalone Novels

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1 Holiday with Violence 1952 Description / Buy
2 Aunt Helen 1958 Description / Buy
3 Death Mask 1959 Description / Buy
4 The Will and the Deed 1960 Description / Buy
5 The Funeral of Figaro 1962 Description / Buy
6 The Horn of Roland 1974 Description / Buy
7 Never Pick up Hitch-hikers! 1976 Description / Buy
8 Fair Young Phoenix 2020 Description / Buy

Order of Ellis Peters Short Story Collections

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1 The Assize of the Dying 1958 Description / Buy
2 The Trinity Cat 2006 Description / Buy

Order of Ellis Peters Non-Fiction Books

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1 Shropshire 1992 Description / Buy
2 Strongholds and Sanctuaries 1993 Description / Buy

Order of Murderous Christmas Stories Series

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1 Murder under the Christmas Tree: Ten Classic Crime Stories for the Festive Season 2016 Description / Buy
2 Murder on Christmas Eve 2017 Description / Buy
3 A Very Murderous Christmas: Ten Classic Crime Stories for the Festive Season 2018 Description / Buy

Ellis Peters Anthologies

# Read Title Published Details
1 Historical Whodunits 1993 Description / Buy
2 2nd Culprit 1993 Description / Buy
3 The Mammoth Book of Historical Whodunnits 1993 Description / Buy
4 Feline Felonies 1995 Description / Buy
5 Murder in Midsummer: Classic Mysteries for the Holidays 2019 Description / Buy
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As Ellis Peters, she has written the “George Felse and Family” series, the “Brother Cadfael” series, and other novels.


She has won a British Crime Writers Association gave her a Silver Dagger for “Monk’s Hood”, and an Edgar Award for “Death and the Joyful Woman” in 1963. Cartier also gave her their Diamond Dagger in 1993 for her body of work.


The “Cadfael Chronicles” have been adapted into a television show in Britain, it was called “Cadfael” and had thirteen 75 minute episodes produced.


For those readers looking to get into novels by Ellis Peters, this section will help with that. It will go over the novels “A Morbid Taste for Bones” and“One Corpse Too Many”, “Monk’s Hood”.

A Morbid Taste for Bones: This is the first novel in the “Cadfael Chronicles” series and was released in the year 1977. This novel is set in the year August 1137. Saint Winifred’s grave is in a remote mountain village called Gwytherin, which is in Wales. The head of Shrewsbury Abbey (who is full of ambition) wants to get the remains for his Benedictine order. Brother Cadfael (a native of Wales) is sent on the journey. He finds that the villagers are divided on the offer they have for the remains. They have a lot of passion in them too. Their taste for bones leads to murder, something that does not surprise him. He is worldly after all. The one who was the most opposed to the grave being moved has been killed with an arrow. Some believe the killer is Winifred. A carnal hand did the killing Brother Cadfael knows this for sure. His plans to catch a killer might also unearth a case of justice and love. Profit of sin may lead to scandal or possibly Cadfael’s own end.

One Corpse Too Many: This is the second novel in the “Cadfael Chronicles” series and was released in the year 1979. This novel is set in the year August 1138. A smart killer is able to dump a strangled corpse on the field of battle. Brother Cadfael finds the body and is supposed to put the clues together, small though they may be. There is a single flower, a missing treasure, and a girl who is wearing a boy’s clothing. All to catch a killer and show their black heart.

Monk’s Hood: This is the third novel in the “Cadfael Chronicles” series and was released in the year 1980. This novel is set in the year December 1138. Gervase, along with his wife, and his servants is a guest of Shrewsbury Abbey of Saints Paul and Peter. He suddenly takes ill while there. The Abbey has Brother Cadfael working there, otherwise they would be without his skills as a herbalist. He goes to the man’s bedside, and has two surprises waiting for him. Master Bonel’s wife is the very woman (who is named Richildis) that he loved before he became a monk. It seems the reason that Gervase has been ill, is because he has been given monk’s hood oil that came from Cadfael’s own herbarium. It is lethal stuff. The sheriff thinks that the killer is Edwin, Richildis’ son. Cadfael does not agree, and believes that he is innocent. He puts his knowledge of the human heart and herbs to good use to figure out how the man was killed.

When Does The Next Ellis Peters book come out?

Ellis Peters doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is Fair Young Phoenix and was released on May, 3rd 2020.


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  1. My wife was reading The Chronicles of Brother Cadfael so I decided to give the books a shot. She couldn’t put them down. I’m less impressed by them, but it was a nice change of pace for an action-seeker like myself. You still get the murder mystery element, but it’s different since it’s placed in the monastic world. It also features one of the most interesting detectives you’ll ever read, Brother Cadfael. Give them a shot like I did. You might be pleasantly surprised.

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