<b>The sleuthing monk unravels a thorny case of murder</b><b> in this “accomplished whodunit meticulously wrought with a wealth of medieval detail” (<i>Booklist</i>)<i>.</i></b><br /><br /> A late spring in 1142 brings dismay to the Abbey of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, for there may be no roses by June 22. On that day the young widow Perle must receive one white rose as rent for the house she has given to benefit the abbey, or the contract is void. When nature finally complies, a pious monk is sent to pay the rent—and is found murdered beside the hacked rosebush.<br />  <br /> The abbey’s wise herbalist, Brother Cadfael, follows the trail of bloodied petals. He knows the lovely widow’s dowry is far greater with her house included, and she will likely wed again. Before Cadfael can ponder if a greedy suitor has done this dreadful deed, another crime is committed. Now the good monk must thread his way through a tangle more tortuous than the widow’s thorny bushes.<br /><br /> “Masterful . . . An accomplished whodunit meticulously wrought with a wealth of medieval detail.” —<i>Booklist</i><br />  <br /> “Brother Cadfael, in his thirteenth adventure, is as keen and human as ever. <i>The Rose Rent</i> is one of his most satisfactory chronicles.” —<i>Financial Times</i><br />  <br /> “The joys in the Peters mysteries lie in the telling—the historical detail, the view of medieval life in town and monastery, the lively characterization and the author’s graceful, literate prose.” —<i>The Washington Post</i><br /><br /> Ellis Peters is a pseudonym of Edith Mary Pargeter (1913–1995), a British author whose Chronicles of Brother Cadfael are credited with popularizing the historical mystery. Cadfael, a Welsh Benedictine monk living at Shrewsbury Abbey in the first half of the twelfth century, has been described as combining the curious mind of a scientist with the bravery of a knight-errant. The character has been adapted for television, and the books drew international attention to Shrewsbury and its history.<br /><br /> Pargeter won an Edgar Award in 1963 for <i>Death and the Joyful Woman</i>, and in 1993 she won the Cartier Diamond Dagger, an annual award given by the Crime Writers’ Association of Great Britain. She was appointed officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1994, and in 1999 the British Crime Writers’ Association established the Ellis Peters Historical Dagger award, later called the Ellis Peters Historical Award.