Medieval monk Brother Cadfael races to save a young man he believes is falsely accused of robberyâ€”in the Silver Dagger Awardâ€“winning mystery series.
In the gentle Shrewsbury spring of 1140, the midnight matins at the Benedictine abbey suddenly reverberate with an unholy soundâ€”a hunt in full cry. Pursued by a drunken mob, the quarry is running for its life. When the frantic creature bursts into the nave to claim sanctuary, Brother Cadfael finds himself fighting off armed townsmen to save a terrified young man.
Liliwin, a wandering minstrel who performed at the wedding of a local goldsmithâ€™s son, has been accused of robbery and murder. The cold light of morning, however, will show his supposed victim, the miserly craftsman, still lives, although a strongbox lies empty. Brother Cadfael believes Liliwin is innocent, but finding the truth and the treasure before Liliwinâ€™s respite in sanctuary runs out may uncover a deadlier sin than thieveryâ€”a desperate love that nothing, not even the threat of hanging, can stop.
The Sanctuary Sparrow is the seventh book in the Chronicles of Brother Cadfael, featuring a â€świly veteran of the Crusades.â€ť The historical mystery series earned Ellis Peters a Crime Writersâ€™ Association Silver Dagger Awardâ€”and a legion of devoted fans (Los Angeles Times).