Amid the throng of hopeful pilgrims flocking to Shrewsbury Abbey on "Cripples Day," a body is found in a leather sack. Brother Cadfael boils the body down to bones searching for clues to the victim's fate. But in the excitement of the day's festivities, the bones are stolen and the chief robbery suspect disappears, leaving Cadfael to unravel a twisted tale of retribution and murder. Sir Derek Jacobi stars as Brother Cadfael, a twelfth-century monk whose worldly past and keen intuition make him a natural sleuth. A PBS Mystery! Favorite.
Derek Jacobi. The medieval detective follows two penitents who seem to have a peculiar manner about them while making the annual pilgrimage to the Abbey of St. Peter and St. Paul in Shrewsbury. 1998/color/75 min/NR.