A man, dissatisfied with his step-sons life choices, decides to leave his manor to Shrewsbury Abbey. When the man ends up poisoned after eating food sent from the abbey, the step-son becomes the prime suspect in the murder. Cadfael doubts the quick assumption, sets out to find the actions and motives behind the crime, and in the process may help to redeem himself for a promise long unfulfilled. Written by
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I thought you must have died fighting in the Holy Land. What happened? Did you forget your promise?
No, not forget, not that. But whenever my thoughts strayed towards home, there was always something... it seemed important then.
I waited, Cadfael. Eight years. You vowed to return laden with honors to claim me as your bride.
So I did. Well, the honors were too few and my return was too late.