Ellis Peters Books

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 Chronicles of Brother Cadfael Series

# Read Title Published Details
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 St. Peter's Fair 1981 Description / Buy
5 The Leper of Saint Giles 1981 Description / Buy
6 The Virgin in the Ice 1982 Description / Buy
7 The Sanctuary Sparrow 1982 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 A Rare Benedictine 1988 Description / Buy
16 A Light on the Road to Woodstock 1988 Description / Buy
17 The Confession of Brother Haluin 1988 Description / Buy
18 The Potter's Field 1989 Description / Buy
19 The Heretic's Apprentice 1989 Description / Buy
20 The Summer of the Danes 1991 Description / Buy
21 The Holy Thief 1992 Description / Buy
22 Brother Cadfael's Penance 1994 Description / Buy

Order of Second World War Trilogy Series

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1 The Eighth Champion of Christendom 1945 Description / Buy
2 Reluctant Odyssey 1946 Description / Buy
3 Warfare Accomplished 1947 Description / Buy

Order of Felse Investigations 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 Brothers of Gwynedd Series

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1 Sunrise in the West 1974 Description / Buy
2 The Dragon at Noonday 1976 Description / Buy
3 The Hounds of Sunset 1976 Description / Buy
4 Afterglow and Nightfall 1977 Description / Buy

Order of Heaven Tree Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Heaven Tree 1960 Description / Buy
2 The Green Branch 1962 Description / Buy
3 The Scarlet Seed 1963 Description / Buy

Order of Ellis Peters Standalone Novels

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1 Hortensius Friend of Nero 1937 Description / Buy
2 Masters of the Parachute Mail 1940 Description / Buy
3 Ordinary People 1941 Description / Buy
4 She Goes to War 1942 Description / Buy
5 The City Lies Foursquare 1947 Description / Buy
6 The Fair Young Phoenix 1948 Description / Buy
7 By Firelight 1948 Description / Buy
8 Lost Children 1951 Description / Buy
9 Holiday with Violence 1952 Description / Buy
10 Most Loving Mere Folly 1953 Description / Buy
11 This Rough Magic 1953 Description / Buy
12 The Soldier at the Door 1954 Description / Buy
13 A Means of Grace 1956 Description / Buy
14 Death Mask 1959 Description / Buy
15 The Will and the Deed 1960 Description / Buy
16 The Funeral of Figaro 1962 Description / Buy
17 A Bloody Field by Shrewsbury 1972 Description / Buy
18 The Horn of Roland 1974 Description / Buy
19 Never Pick up Hitch-hikers! 1976 Description / Buy
20 The Marriage Of Meggotta 1979 Description / Buy
21 Murder in the Dispensary 1999 Description / Buy

Order of Ellis Peters Short Story Collections

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Assize of the Dying 1958 Description / Buy
2 The Lily Hand and Other Stories 1965 Description / Buy
3 The Mammoth Book of Historical Whodunnits 1993 Description / Buy
4 Feline Felonies 1995 Description / Buy
5 The Trinity Cat 2006 Description / Buy

Order of Ellis Peters Non-Fiction Books

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Coast of Bohemia 1950 Description / Buy
2 Shropshire 1992 Description / Buy
3 Strongholds and Sanctuaries 1993 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.

ELLIS PETERS AWARDS

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.

ELLIS PETERS BOOKS INTO MOVIES/TV

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

BEST ELLIS PETERS BOOKS

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 The Trinity Cat and was released on October, 31st 2006. It is the newest book in the Ellis Peters Short Story Collections.

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