I am quite enjoying reacquainting myself with the worldy-wise and enigmatic Brother Cadfael, thanks to Cornflower's current Book Group pick. I was first introduced to this series whilst in school (but I only read one book, The Devil's Novice) and years later I watched most of the episodes of the TV adaptation with Derek Jacobi in the lead role.
|Edith Pargeter (a.k.a. Ellis Peters) and Derek Jacobi (Source)|
It's a smooth, pleasurable read with rich descriptions of North Wales and Shrewsbury. Fortunately, I have forgotten most of the plots used for the TV series so I can enjoy this novel on its own merits. I must say that the Cadfael in my mind looks and sounds nothing like Derek Jacobi and Shrewsbury seems brighter and greener than that portrayed in the series. Oddly, it seems that the TV series was filmed on location in Hungary! I think that this will be a mystery series that I will seek out in future especially since I picked up a second-hand book a few years ago of Ellis Peters' Shrewsbury. I only had a glimpse of Shrewsbury once and that was mostly of the castle and the lush countryside. I am now aware that there is a Brother Cadfael walk and museum so I would love to visit again to do this historic town justice and to follow in the footsteps of Cadfael.
|Shrewsbury in Shropshire, England|