In his ninth chronicle Brother Cadfael discovers that the death of a prisoner is far from natural, but he still faces an uphill struggle to prove how he really died.
Ellis Peters is one of the pseudonyms of Edith Pargeter who wrote several books under her own name and also Peter Benedict, Jolyon Carr and John Redfern. She was the recipient of the Crime Writers Association and the Cartier Diamond Dagger Award. She died in 1995.
A more attractive and prepossessing detective it would be hard to find Sunday Times