Ellis Peters

Ellis Peters is one of those second-level classic British mystery writers who I really enjoy. Like if you’ve read all of Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers and are hunting for new territory, she’s a good one to try. She’s probably best known for her Brother Cadfael mysteries which I actually don’t like–I’m a Felse fan through and through. Under her real name, Edith Pargeter, she also wrote historical fiction which I haven’t yet read. Her books are unfortunately extremely difficult to find, so if anyone wants to give me a present…

Favorite Ellis Peters books
1. Fallen Into the Pit
2. Piper on the Mountain
3. Black is the Colour of My True Love’s Heart
4. The Grass-Widow’s Tale
5. The Knocker on Death’s Door
6. City of Gold and Shadows

All of Ellis Peters reviews
Fallen Into the Pit, briefly (2010)
A Nice Derangement of Epitaphs, briefly (2010)
Piper on the Mountain, briefly (2010)
Black is the Color of my True Love’s Heart (2010)
The Grass-Widow’s Tale, briefly (2010)
The House of Green Turf, briefly (2010)
Mourning Raga, briefly (2010)
The Knocker at Death’s Door, briefly (2010) and again, briefly (2011)
Death to the Landlords, briefly (2011)
City of Gold and Shadows, briefly (2010)
Rainbow’s End, briefly (2010)
The Horn of Roland, briefly (2011)

Books which I’ve read and haven’t formally reviewed
Death and the Joyful Woman (1961)–read.Inn signs, spiteful relatives, threatened love. Not outstanding, but good.

Flight of a Witch (1964)–read. The disappearance of a young girl and the tangled web of relationships that emerges, as well as an evocative and beautifully described setting, sets this one apart.

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