New York: William Morrow and Company, 1984. Second Printing. Octavo (21.5cm); one quarter red cloth, with natural paper sides, in color pictorial dustwrapper; natural endpapers; 192pp. Spine mildly tanned; gentle shelf wear, edges slightly rolled and creased; yellowing at margins, plus spots of foxing on inner flaps. Front board yawning; spots of trivial soiling intermittent throughout, else interiors clean. A Very Good or Better copy.
It is Autumn of 1140, and Shrewsbury Abbey is in for another mystery that laces the ill fate of a visiting political envoy with that of a troubled young novice. It seems like an open and shut case when confessions are made, but of course, things are not always as they seem—it's up to Brother Cadfael to unravel the knot, just as other knots are being tied during an abbey wedding... The Devil's Novice, first published in 1983, is eighth in Ellis Peters' popular medieval suspense series.