The Hermit of Eyton Forest
by Ellis Peters. This is the fourteenth of the Brother Cadfael mystery series, and one of the best ones,
in my opinion. In this installment, intrigue from the ongoing civil war (1142) touches Shrewsbury while at
the same time a custody battle is ongoing between the abbot and a local lady whose grandson was entrusted
to the abbot in the will of the young man's father. When a man is found murdered, the grandson goes missing, and
a strange new hermit takes up residence in the forest near the abbey, Brother Cadfael uses his talents to unravel
a tangled web.