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Dead Man's Ransom (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael, Book 9) by Ellis Peters

By Ellis Peters

Within the conflict of Lincoln, 1141, the Sheriff of Shropshire is captured by means of the Welsh forces of the Empress Maud. The county proposes to switch him for a tender Welsh nobleman. but if the Sheriff is murdered in basic terms Brother Cadfael can store the captive from retaliation.

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He didn’t add: “If you could run up to Paris—” for that might suggest eagerness on his part. ” This was an old, old song in Lanny’s ears, and he knew that he must take it seriously and look sober, as at a funeral. The rich were becoming poor, and everything was going to the demnition bow-wows. Men of great affairs couldn’t see how the world could possibly get along without them; and yet Lanny had seen them, one by one, descending into their graves, and becoming futile spirits trying to give advice through Madame Zyszinski—and nobody but Lanny and his stepfather paying the slightest attention to them!

The result was, she was a woman in body, but in mind and character a child; nobody could say what her capacities were—not even she herself. They had brought in strange creatures; he described them, and Lizbeth was interested. There had always been a governess or someone to tell her where to go and what to do. The world was a garden of delights made for the Holdenhurst family and their friends, and now Lizbeth was about to be turned loose in it to take whatever pleased her fancy. But his tongue was tied, his job kept him mute.

They were still predatory animals, trying to enrich themselves at the expense of others, and thus filling their hearts with jealousy and hatred. They did not a little quarreling among themselves, but considered that they got along fairly well as families go. They all had to be proud of Robbie Budd, whether they wanted to or not, and the knowledge of this was one of the quiet and solid satisfactions which Robbie took with him wherever he traveled. But he had gone his stubborn way, and now he sat at the gambling table, preparing to rake in the chips, and grinning at those townsmen who had been invited to come in with him and had declined.

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