Ellis Peters’, The Devil’s Novice, is the eighth in the Brother Cadfael series. These stories take place during the 1100’s civil war between King Stephen and Empress Matilda. A young gentleman is brought to the Benedictine monastery at Shrewsbury by his father and begs entry to the order and so the story begins. These Brother Cadfael books are like drinking hot chocolate on a cold and snowy winter’s day. I love how you get the politics of the day (1140) woven into the story. So without even realizing it you get familiar with the civil war that surrounds the plot. I am reading this series in order and fill in my reading list when I have a need for a winter’s day feeling.