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A morbid taste for bones (1994, Mysterious Press) 4 stars

In the 12th-century Benedictine monastery of Shrewsbury, Brother Cadfael has settled down to a quiet …

Decided to re-read this one on a whim and there was so much I didn't remember. Just a really, all-around fun novel. It's particularly interesting to see this more lavish version of Peters' prose, which she refines but also streamlines through the later books in the series. Here, she's willing to make more comical asides and revel in setting the scene a little more.

Piranesi (2020, Bloomsbury Publishing Plc) 4 stars

Piranesi's house is no ordinary building; its rooms are infinite, its corridors endless, its walls …

I picked this up at the recommendation of another Bookwyrm user just a few days ago and tore through it in just two sittings. I very much enjoyed Clarke's first novel, but its difficult language and enormous size made it difficult to grasp the whole story. Piranesi is fast, almost breezy, but still has Clarke's incredible world building. The House—an infinite collection of halls and vestibules populated with unending statues, with a sea sloshing around the lower floor and clouds filling the upper—is an incredibly potent concept, and one I know will stick with me. If you love Borges, you'll love this book.

The Confession of Brother Haluin (Brother Cadfael Mysteries) (AudiobookFormat, 1995, Chivers Audio Books) 4 stars

The Confession of Brother Haluin is a medieval mystery novel set in the winter of …

This is one of my favorite Cadfael books I've read so far. Unlike Summer of the Danes, the journey of Haluin and Cadfael is much more meaningful and interesting, propelling the plot as they go. Like a fable, Cadfael and Haluin blunder into what feels like another world, and discover secrets, mystery, and the miraculous. It's a keeper.