New York: William Morrow and Company, Inc., 1985. First American Edition. Octavo (21.5cm); one quarter blue cloth, with pale blue paper sides, stamped in foil, in color pictorial dustwrapper; 5-190pp. Front board slightly yawning. Dustwrapper mildly toned, with gentle handling wear and bumps to edges; small abrasion to front panel; original $15.95 price intact on inner flap. Textblock shows trivial bumps to edges, else contents very clean and tight. Near Fine in Very Good+ dustwrapper.
An Excellent Mystery is both an excellent mystery and the eleventh installment in Ellis Peters' popular Brother Cadfael mystery series—a sort of CSI for Medieval times. In this episode, Shrewsbury Abbey welcomes a pair of monks, one a deathly ill veteran of the Crusades and the other his mute but loyal companion. Things take a turn when the former squire of one of the monks shows up, asking to marry his master's former betrothed. Fair deal, until we discover that the bride-to-be has been missing for three years.