By Ellis Peters
Within the scorching, dry August of 1141, England continues to be torn by way of civic strife. Amidst the carnage the Abbey of Hyde Meade is completely destroyed; its resident brothers dispersed, discovering safe haven within the Abbey of Shrewsbury. yet Brother Cadfael realizes that of those refugees aren't all that they seem like.
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Not getting clean, master. ” Cato had reminded Remus not to call him “master” a dozen times since hiring him last week, but as a former slave, the man couldn’t seem to break the habit. ” He grinned. ” Remus waved a rag in Cato’s direction and shook his head, as though refusing to be baited. “I’m at peace with the world, master. ” Cato should be so fortunate. In truth, the orderly rows of tan pots, balanced on their pointed ends and leaning against the walls of the shop or resting above in wooden cradles, pleased Cato very much, in spite of the accumulated grime from months of neglect.
From their dress he could see that they were wealthy men. One of them seemed to lead the group forward. “Portius Cato? ” Cato bowed. “Indeed. ” The spokesman smirked. ” Cato straightened and raised his eyebrows. “I meant no insult. ” Cato lifted his chin and observed the man through lowered lids. ” “My apologies. ” He nodded to each of his four companions and introduced them all in turn. Cato knew none of them. Taurus inhaled deeply, as though bracing himself. ” Cato tried to read Taurus’s eyes, unsure whether to share his mind about the man who seemed to control the town.
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An Excellent Mystery (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael, Book 11) (UK Edition) by Ellis Peters