Title: A Morbid Taste For Bones
Author: Ellis Peters
Series: Brother Cadfael, #1
Format: paperback, bind-up
In the remote Welsh mountain village of Gwytherin lies the grave of Saint Winifred. Now, in 1137, the ambitious head of Shrewsbury Abbey has decided to acquire the sacred remains for his Benedictine order. Native Welshman Brother Cadfael is sent on the expedition to translate and finds the rustic villagers of Gwytherin passionately divided by the Benedictine's offer for the saint's relics. Canny, wise, and all too wordly, he isn't surprised when this taste for bones leads to bloody murder.
The leading opponent to moving the grave has been shot dead with a mysterious arrow, and some say Winifred herself held the bow. Brother Cadfael knows a carnal hand did the killing. But he doesn't know that his plan to unearth a murderer may dig up a case of love and justice...where the wages of sin may be scandal or Cadfael's own ruin.
Favourite character: Cadfael
Least favourite character: Prior Robert
Favourite line: It’s a kind of arrogance to be so certain you’re past redemption.
I loved this. It was so fascinating to read about medieval times, specifically monks, which I feel like aren’t talked about nearly enough. And Cadfael is so untypical, as he was a sailor and a soldier before becoming a Brother and I just loved the whole thing. My only thing is that because of the richness in detail and all that jazz it was really hard to get into, I didn’t get to the point where I was comfortable reading it until the murderer was revealed.