I usually find mystery series to be like candy for the brain, fluff that entertains but not much more. This is the second of the Brother Cadfael books I’ve read, and I enjoyed them both immensely and will definitely read more. The writing is very strong and quite beautiful in places, with some of the most evocative setting and period details that I’ve seen in a medieval book. The characters are layered and interesting, very multidimensional but still realistic. This is one to be read slowly and savored, preferably in the winter.