Book review: Monk’s Hood by Ellis Peters (Brother Cadfael #3)

Monk's Hood (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael, #3)Monk’s Hood by Ellis Peters
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This third installment in the Brother Cadfael mysteries lives up to its predecessors. A man is poisoned with one of Brother Cadfael’s concoctions, and his stepson is suspected of his death. Brother Cadfael is the only one who believes in the stepson’s innocence, and he unravels the truth about the murder step by step.
As with the first two mysteries, the period detail is well-researched and accurate, but so well integrated into the book that you do not ever get the sense that you’re reading a history book. The secondary characters are well-rounded and three dimensional. To my delight, one of my favorite characters, Hugh Berengar, who appears in the second mystery, makes an appearance in this book as well.
I’ve been so delighted with this series and am looking forward to reading Brother Cadfael #4!

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