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A BBC Radio 4 dramatisation starring Philip Madoc as medieval monk and wily sleuth Brother Cadfael.

After the violence of civil war in the spring, Shrewsbury has enjoyed a quiet summer and a good harvest. But, as Cadfael reflects ruefully, such a peaceful state of affairs cannot be expected to last.

He's right. The trouble begins when Gervase Bonel, rich lord of the manor, proposes to sign all his property over to the Abbey. A welcome gift, but when Bonel is found poisoned, foul play is suspected somewhere along the line. Cadfael is sure that the obvious suspect is not the right one, but are his powers of detection strong enough to lead him through the maze of clues to the truth?

©2009 BBC Audiobooks Ltd (P)2009 BBC Audiobooks Ltd

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  • Christopher P.
  • 05-04-2010

Can't get enough of Cadfael!!

The BBC Radio adaptations of Ellis Peters' Cadfael mysteries make for great listening! The top-notch cast is very engaging and features exquisite narration by Michael Hordern. Philip Madoc as Cadfael is excellent, even for those of us who have enjoyed Derek Jacobi in the British TV series adaptations.
Though Monk's Hood is one of my favorites, I'm certainly hoping very much for more of the BBC Radio Cadfael mysteries to become available.

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  • Michael A
  • 31-07-2017

benedictine Morse.

Cadfael, the medieval Morse from Wales and an ex Crusader solving crimes during the first civil war in England.

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  • 03-04-2018

Excellent Production

This is an excellent production of the Monk sleuth well acted, great background tracking all take you into the world of Brother Cadfael as he fights for the justice of yet another murder mystery. I have the 3 Cadfael’s and live in hope that more will be dramatised. PLEASE 😊

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  • iris
  • 19-06-2014

Never disappointed with a BBC dramatisation

Monk's Hood which takes place in the troubled times of Medieval England when two warring factions are trying to seize the throne and relates the mysterious murder in the village where Brother Cadfael lives the Holy life. He administers helpful potions and as a sideline resolves murder puzzles. As always the BBC do an excellent dramatisation with a full cast of wonderful actors and you can listen to them over and over again. Highly reccommend this.