Great mystery novel! Perfect for those new to the genre as it has all the elements that make not only a good detective story but also an overall great book. The author manages to introduce the reader to the medieval period and welsh culture with ease and familiarity, sharing with us her passion for the period and the land. Too often authors basing their novels in the past tend to show off the depth of their research to the detriment of narrative and mood. Peters, I'm happy to report, does not err that way. This is a very solid novel that will make you want to know more about brother Cadfael and his adventures.