Results of the Agatha Award in the year 1990.
Jenny Carr, director of the Port Frederick Civic Foundation, travels west to accept a bequest of a four-million-dollar Kansas cattle ranch from a generous benefactor. When she arrives, Jenny discover a dead philanthropist, and a murder to be solved.
His name, they tell him, is William Monk, and he is a London police detecive. But the accident that felled him has left him with only half a life; his memory and his entire past have vanished. As he tries to hide the truth, Monk returns to work and is assigned to investigate the brutal murder of a Crimean War hero and man about town. Which makes Monk’s efforts doubly difficult, since he’s forgotten his professional skills along with everything else….
The body of a woman is unearthed in the freshly plowed fields that once belonged to a local potter—now a Benedictine monk. The woman is revealed to be his beautiful young wife, thought to have run away. Medieval Benedictine monk Brother Cadfael must determine if one of his own order is guilty of the crime.