Dead Man's Ransom by Ellis Peters (1984)

Cover illustration by Andrew Skilleter
Produced by: BBC Radio Collection
ISBN: 1-85686524X
Date: 1995
Dramatised by: Bert Coules
Directed by: Neil Cargill
Music Composed by: Peter Salem
Running time: 2 hours 5 minutes, 2 cassettes

Michael Kitchen ... Narrator
Philip Madoc ... Brother Cadfael
Jonathan Tafler ... Hugh Beringar
Jason Hughes ... Elis
Susannah York ... Magdalen
Shaun Prendergast ... Herbard/Edmund/Ithel
Trevor Peacock ... Radulfus/Prescote
LÚrien Haynes ... Aline
David Holt ... Brigand/Lad/Villager
SiŰn Probert ... Owain
Siobhan Flynn ... Cristina
Katie Odey ... Melicent
Lewis Jones ... Eliud Mark
Douglas Blackwell ... Maurice/Rhys/Griffri
Matthew Morgan ... Anion

The Novel:
(From the cover notes)

From Ellis Peters, recipient of the Crime Writers' Association/Cartier Diamond Dagger Award, comes another dripping whodunnit starring Philip Madoc as the medieval sleuth, Brother Cadfael.

Shrewbury 1141, and although civil war is tearing the country apart, little disturbs the peace of the Benedictine abbey. Brother Cadfael's prayers for reconciliation are coloured by the memories of his own role in the crusades, but now he is powerless to influence the course of the battles.

When a young Welsh brigand is brought to him for treatment to a sword-wound, Cadfael suspects that his story hides a deeper truth. Drawn deeper into the outside world's war, he uncovers a tale of mystery, murder, romance and deceit which threatens the lives of two innocent men. The call for instant retribution leaves little time for mistakes and Cadfael has only two clues to help him.