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

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

Order of Heaven Tree Series

1The Heaven Tree 1960Description / Buy
2The Green Branch 1962Description / Buy
3The Scarlet Seed 1963Description / Buy

Order of Brothers of Gwynedd Series

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

Order of Chronicles of Brother Cadfael Series

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

Order of Second World War Trilogy Series

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

Order of Ellis Peters Standalone Novels

1Hortensius Friend of Nero 1937Description / Buy
2Masters of the Parachute Mail 1940Description / Buy
3Ordinary People 1941Description / Buy
4She Goes to War 1942Description / Buy
5The City Lies Foursquare 1947Description / Buy
6The Fair Young Phoenix 1948Description / Buy
7By Firelight 1948Description / Buy
8Lost Children 1951Description / Buy
9Holiday with Violence 1952Description / Buy
10Most Loving Mere Folly 1953Description / Buy
11The Soldier at the Door 1954Description / Buy
12A Means of Grace 1956Description / Buy
13Aunt Helen 1958Description / Buy
14Death Mask 1959Description / Buy
15The Will and the Deed 1960Description / Buy
16The Funeral of Figaro 1962Description / Buy
17A Bloody Field by Shrewsbury 1972Description / Buy
18The Horn of Roland 1974Description / Buy
19Never Pick up Hitch-hikers! 1976Description / Buy
20The Marriage Of Meggotta 1979Description / Buy
21Murder in the Dispensary 1999Description / Buy
22Fair Young Phoenix 2020Description / Buy

Order of Ellis Peters Short Story Collections

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

Order of Ellis Peters Non-Fiction Books

1The Coast of Bohemia 1950Description / Buy
2Shropshire 1992Description / Buy
3Strongholds and Sanctuaries 1993Description / Buy

Order of Alfred Hitchcock Presents Series with Donald E Westlake, Dorothy L Sayers, Robert Bloch, , , Shirley Jackson, , , Ray Bradbury, , Robert Arthur, Richard Matheson, , , F. Scott Fitzgerald, Michael Gilbert, Roald Dahl, , , , , , , , Carter Dickson, , , , Julian May, , , , , , , , , , , , , , James Francis Dwyer, Richard Stark, Margot Bennett

1Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Stories That Go Bump in the Night ( By:) 1940Description / Buy
2Stories They Wouldn't Let Me Do on TV ( By:) 1957Description / Buy
3Alfred Hitchcock Presents 13 More Stories They Wouldn't Let Me Do on TV ( By: Robert Bloch, , Ray Bradbury, Robert Arthur, , Roald Dahl, , , , , , , James Francis Dwyer) 1957Description / Buy
412 Stories They Wouldn't Let Me Do on TV ( By: Robert Arthur) 1957Description / Buy
5Alfred Hitchcock Presents Stories for Late at Night ( By: Robert Arthur) 1961Description / Buy
6Alfred Hitchcock Presents: More Stories for Late at Night [Unabridged] ( By:) 1962Description / Buy
7Alfred Hitchcock's A Hangman's Dozen ( By: Donald E Westlake, , , Ray Bradbury, Robert Arthur, Richard Matheson, , , , , , , Richard Stark) 1962Description / Buy
8Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Stories My Mother Never Told Me ( By: Shirley Jackson, Robert Arthur, Richard Matheson, F. Scott Fitzgerald) 1963Description / Buy
9Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Stories Not for the Nervous ( With: Dorothy L Sayers, , , Ray Bradbury, , Robert Arthur, Richard Matheson, , Michael Gilbert, , , Carter Dickson, , Julian May, , , , , , , , Margot Bennett) 1965Description / Buy
10Alfred Hitchcock Presents: A Month Of Mystery ( By:) 1970Description / Buy
11Down by the Old Blood Stream ( By:) 1971Description / Buy
12Alfred Hitchcock Presents: The Master's Choice. ( By:) 1979Description / Buy
13Stories That Go Bump In The Night: V. 1 ( By:) 1982Description / Buy

Order of Murderous Christmas Stories Series

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

Ellis Peters Anthologies

1 2nd Culprit1993Description / Buy
2 More Mystery Cats1993Description / 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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