New York: William Morrow & Company, Inc., 1983. First American Edition. Octavo (21cm); one quarter dark blue cloth, with bright blue paper sides, stamped in gilt; color pictorial dustwrapper; 7-220pp, frontispiece (map). Dustwrapper sunned, with toning to white portions; mild shelf wear, scuffs and soiling; heel and crown of spine slightly bumped. Textblock edges foxed, else interiors clean and sound, Very Good.
The sixth installment in Peters' popular Cadfael Chronicles medieval mystery series. In the midst of civil war, a snowstorm, and a wave of bandit violence, two orphans are lost in the countryside surrounding Shrewsbury Abbey. An injured monk helps Brother Cadafel find one of them, but the boy's sister remains missing and Cadfael's discovery of a young girl's body beneath the ice is only the first crack in a complex case.