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In seventh century Ireland, the Irish Church and Church of Rome convene a special council to reconcile the differences of their individual religious doctrines. Outspoken and sharp, the young Sister Fidelma of Kildare is among those asked to attend. But when the leading Celtic speaker is found savagely murdered, Sister Fidelma must quickly unmask the culprit--before this debate dissolves into all-out civil war!
In the late autumn of 666 A.D., Fidelma of Cashel - an advocate of the Brehon Courts, sister to the King of Cashel, and religieuse of the Celtic Church - is at a crossroads. Needing to reflect upon her commitment to the religious life and her relationship to the Saxon monk Eadulf, she leaves Eadulf behind and joins a small band sailing from Ireland on a pilgrimage to the Shrine of St. James in modern-day Spain. Her first surprise on-board is the appearance of Cian, her first love, a man who had deserted her ten years ago, and who stirs up memories she'd rather forget. As if this wasn't complication enough, on the first night out the ship is tossed by a turbulent sea and a pilgrim disappears, apparently washed overboard. But the appearance of a blood-stained robe raises the possibility of murder and death continues to dog the tiny band of pilgrims trapped within the close confines of the ship. Battling against the antagonism of her fellow pilgrims, Fidelma is determined to solve this most perplexing of puzzles before the ship reaches the shrine and the killer, if there is one, disappears forever.
Short stories of terror and horror set in Ireland. Includes: "Aisling," "Deathstone," "My Lady of Hy-Brasil," "The Samhain Feis" and seven more.
When a woman is killed just before October's full moon-- the Badger's Moon-- villagers suspect that strangers staying at the abbey are to blame, and demand answers, before another woman falls victim to the full-moon killer.
The brilliant new novel by the internationally bestselling author of the Sister Fidelma mystery series. AD 664: Sister Fidelma finds herself in the seaport of Genua, en route from Rome back to her native Cashel. Her old teacher, Brother Ruad n, lies dying in the abbey of Bobium - an isolated abbey in a disturbed country where even the Christians are in bloody conflict with one another and the worship of the pagan gods often prevails. Fidelma is determined to see Brother Ruad n before he dies. But from the moment she enters the beautiful valley of the Trebbia, there is danger on every side. Her dying teacher's last words send her off on her most dangerous adventure where murder follows murder and a vicious civil war threatens before an extraordinary conspiracy is revealed. And from the start, Fidelma is on her own...
The brilliant new novel in the internationally renowned Sister Fidelma crime series by Peter Tremayne, set in Ireland AD 670. When an eminent scholar is found murdered in his cell in the abbey of Lios MÃ³r, fear spreads among his brethren; his door was secured from the inside, with no other means of exit. How did the murderer escape? And what was the content of the manuscripts apparently stolen from the scholar's room? Abbot Iarnla insists on sending for Sister Fidelma and her companion Brother Eadulf to investigate the killing. But even before they reach the abbey walls, there is an attempt on their lives. As the mystery deepens, Fidelma and Eadulf must also wrestle with problems of their own, which threaten to separate them for ever. . .
While investigating the savage murder of a religious magnate, Sister Fidelma uncovers a dark world of slavery and abuse within the abbey walls, in Peter Tremayne's thrilling new mystery. It is AD 670, and Bishop Leodegar has called the church leaders together for an emergency meeting. But a fierce row breaks out and the assembly descends into chaos. Later that evening one of the delegates is discovered murdered, his skull brutally smashed. Sister Fidelma and her companion, Brother Eadulf, unwittingly find themselves in the middle of a shocking murder investigation involving the most powerful religious leaders in the land. The disappearance of women and children and rumours of a slave trade indicate malevolent forces at work. To catch those responsible, Fidelma and Eadulf must challenge these fearsome individuals and in doing so, risk their own lives. . .
In the late 7th Century, the High King of Ireland is killed at night in the middle of his compound. Who killed him is not in question - there are unimpeachable witnesses that point directly to the clan chieftain responsible. Dubh Duin is, after all, found by the High King's guards in the High King's bed chamber holding the murder weapon. But with impending civil war in the balance, the motive for the murder becomes of paramount importance. The Chief Brehon of Ireland asks Fidelma of Cashel - sister to the King of Muman and a dalaigh - to investigate. What her investigations reveal is an intricate web of conspiracy and deception that threatens to unbalance the five kingdoms and send them spiraling into a violent and bloody civil war and religious conflict. And it's up to Fidelma to not only see to justice but to prevent the violent fracturing of an increasingly fragile peace.
AD 670. An Irish merchant ship is attacked by pirates off the Breton peninsula. The captain and one of his passengers, a prince from the kingdom of Muman, are killed in cold blood after they have surrendered. Among those who manage to escape death are Sister Fidelma of Cashel and her faithful companion, Brother Eadulf. Safely ashore, a grim task confronts them. The prince was Fidelma's cousin and she vows to bring his killers to justice. But her only clue is that the attacking ship was carrying the symbol of a dove. This quest for retribution will be the most dangerous the pair have ever undertaken, leading Fidelma to the brooding fortress of Enez Lovrdi, and Koulm ar Maro -- the Dove of Death ...
One of the best loved writers of historical mysteries, Peter Tremayne's novels and stories have been published in over a dozen countries around the world. An Ensuing Evil collects for the first time fourteen of his historical mysteries ranging in time and place from 7th-century Ireland (featuring his best known sleuth, Fidelma of Cashel) and 8th-century Scotland (featuring the real-life Macbeth) to Victorian England and beyond. These fourteen tales of murder, mayhem and mystery each display Tremayne's usual mix of compelling historical detail and a baffling puzzle that will delight and confound his ever-growing legion of fans.
In December of 666, Sister Fidelma and Brother Eadulf travel to East Anglia to visit a childhood friend of Eadulf's only to discover him savagely murdered and his Abbey seemingly haunted by the ghost of the Abbot's wife.
Sister Fidelma--an Eognacht princess and sister to the king of Cashel, a religieuse of the Celtic Church and an advocate of the Brehornn court--is one of the most interesting and compelling figures in contemporary mystery fiction. In this collection of short mysteries, Tremayne fills in many of the background details of Fidelma and seventh-century Ireland not found in the novels, and weaves his always-beguiling mix of history and mystery.
In November of 667 A.D., Fidelma of Cashel has returned home to her brother's castle to discover that a servant, her son's nurse, has been found brutally murdered in the woods near town, and her son is missing, presumed kidnapped or worse. Sister Fidelma, sister to king of Muman in Ireland, an advocate of the Brehon courts, and a religieuse of the Celtic Church, and her husband Brother Eadulf now must face their most personal and baffling case ever. Is there a traitor at her brother's court? Are the Ui Fidgente, the old blood enemies of Fidelma's family, involved? And what is the role of the mysterious dwarf seen leaving the kingdom carrying a leper's bell? With few clues and precious little time, Fidelma must unravel this complicated puzzle in time to rescue her missing child.
In January of 668 A.D., Fidelma of Cashel - sister to the king of Muman, an advocate of the Brehon law courts and a religieuse in the Celtic Church - is called to investigate the brutal murder of Abbess Faife and the mysterious disappearance of six young female religieuse accompanying her on a short pilgrimage away from her abbey. When Sister Fidelma and her husband, Brother Eadulf, arrive they find that there has been another death under mysterious circumstances, one of the senior scholars of the abbey has been bludgeoned to death. These two seemingly unrelated deaths - and the further mysteries of the trade ship lured to its doom on the rocky western shore of Ireland and the rumored figure of "The Master of Souls" wrecking havoc and raising rebellion - combine to create one of the most perplexing mysteries ever faced by the redoubtable Fidelma.
An aged monk and a set of holy relics disappear from the Abbey of Imleach in the kingdom of Muman where St. Ailbe first introduced Christianity. The king asks Sister Fidelma to investigate. Even with help from Brother Eadulf, Fidelma's efforts are hindered by someone determined to keep the monk and the relics lost.
In mid-seventh-century Ireland, Sister Fidelma of Cashel--sister to the King of Muman, an advocate of The Brehon Courts, and religieuse of the Celtic Church--returns hastily from a pilgrimage to the Shrine of St. James. The news that brings her back is that her companion and friend, the Saxon monk Brother Eadulf, is under arrest for a serious crime in the neighboring kingdom of Laigin. Riding furiously through hostile territory, she arrives only to find out she is too late. Eadulf has already been tried and found guilty of the murder of a young girl. Even worse, Laigin's king has abandoned the traditional judicial code of Ireland in favor of the ecclesiastical Penitential from Rome--and under this code he is to be executed the following morning. Convinced that her friend is innocent, Fidelma has only twenty-four hours before his execution to come up with evidence persuasive enough to sway the king into allowing an appeal of Eadulf's conviction. Facing a king determined to make an example of Eadulf and an old adversary of her own, Fidelma soon realizes that nothing is as it was portrayed, and behind the heinous crime is an even more shocking conspiracy. Now, Fidelma must unravel her most perplexing puzzle before time runs out for her closest companion.
In 668 A.D., Fidelma of Cashel and her companion are about to be married. But on the eve of the ceremony, the fanatical and much-disliked Abbot Ultan is found murdered in his chamber. It's up to Fidelma to uncover the murderer if the tenuous peace of the land is to be maintained.
Ireland, AD 670. When the body of a murdered young noble is discovered not far from Cashel, the King calls upon Sister Fidelma and her companion Eadulf to investigate. The only clue to the noble's identity is an emblem originating from the nearby kingdom of Laign. Could the murder be somehow related to the violence erupting in the west of the kingdom The turmoil is led by a fanatical figure claiming to have been summoned by 'the seventh angel' to remove the 'impure of faith' from the land, and Fidelma and Eadulf soon find themselves struggling with a tangled skein of murder and intrigue. What is the mystery that connects the dead noble, a murdered alcoholic priest, and a menacing abbot who has built his abbey into a military fortress When Sister Fidelma herself becomes the victim of abduction, it is up to Eadulf to find and save her from imminent death, so that the mystery can be solved. . .
"Wighard, Archbishop designate of Canterbury, has been found dead, garroted in his chambers in Rome's Lateran Palace in the autumn of A.D. 664. His murderer seems apparent to all, since an Irish religieux was arrested by the palace guards as he fled Wighard's chamber, but the monk denies responsibility for the crime, and the treasures missing from Wighard's chambers are nowhere to be found." "The bishop in charge of affairs at the Lateran Palace suspects a political motive and is wary of charging anyone without independent evidence. So he asks Sister Fidelma of the Celtic Church to look into Wighard's death. Fidelma (an advocate of the Brehon Court), working with Brother Eadulf of the Roman Church, quickly finds herself with very few clues, too many motives, a trail strewn with bodies - and very little time before the killer strikes again."--BOOK JACKET. Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
While Fidelma and her companion Eadulf are journeying to visit the new Archbishop of Canterbury, their ship is blown badly off course, and the pair find themselves on the coast of modern Wales in the kingdom of Dyfed. there, hosted by the king himself, Fidelma is presented with her knottiest problem yet: An entire monastic community from the nearby countryside has disappeared without a trace. While investigating this seeming impossibility, Fidelma and Eadulf are confronted with the apparently unrelated murder of a local girl--a death marked by more tragedy and consequence than anyone could have imagined...
In the spring of 666 A.D., Sister Fidelma is summoned to the small Irish village of Araglin. An advocate of the Brehon law courts as well as a religieuse, she is to investigate the murder of the local chieftain. While traveling there with her friend Brother Eadulf, a band of brigands attacks the roadside hostel in which they are staying and attempts to burn them out. While Fidelma and Eadulf manage to beat back their attackers, this incident is only the first in a series that troubles them. When they arrive at Araglin, they find out that the chieftain was murdered in the middle of the night, and next to his body, a local deaf-mute man was found holding the bloody knife that killed him. <BR>While everyone else seems convinced that the man's guilt is obvious, sister Fidelma is not so sure. As she investigates, she's convinced that there is something happening in the seemingly quiet town--something that everyone is trying very hard to keep from her. In what may be the most challenging and confusing situation that she has yet faced, Fidelma must somehow uncover the truth behind the chieftain's murderer and find out what is really going on beneath the quiet surface of this rural town.<BR>
Located on the tranquil southwest coast of Ireland, the abbey of The Salmon of the Three Wells is the perfect place for study and contemplation-and an unlikely setting for murder. But in A.D. 666, a headless female corpse is unearthed from a well on the premises of this secluded religious community. Sister Fidelma, an advocate of the Brehon law courts, is summoned to investigate. En route to the abbey, Fidelma encounters a Gaulish merchant ship whose cargo and crew have inexplicably disappeared-and discovers that her beloved friend Brother Eadulf may be among the missing. As she tries to determine if the abandoned ship is connected to the murder at the convent, local tensions and vicious gossip plague her investigation-and she must navigate through a maze of sinful secrets to get to the truth....
In A.D. 644, the Venerable Dacan, a respected scholar of the Celtic Church, is murdered while on a visit to the Abbey of Ros Ailithir in the Irish Kingdom of Muman. Dacan, unfortunately, was the close confidant of the hot-headed young king of the neighboring kingdom of Fearna, who is using Dacan's murder as an excuse to provoke war. Sister Fidelma, an advocate of the Brehon courts, is summoned by the dying King of Muman to solve the brutal killing and also to prevent the incipient war between the two kingdoms. But, at the remote abbey, Fidelma soon discovers that there are far more sinister forces than mere political intrigue at work behind the mystery of Dacan's death. She must quickly unravel a most complicated mystery if she is to prevent the coming war - and preserve her own life as well.
The year is A.D. 666. Dispatched to the valley of Gleann Geis as an emissary of her brother, the king of Muman, Sister Fidelma has been charged with a formidable task. She must entreat the chieftain of a Druid clan to allow the construction of a Christian church and school in the region. But before entering the valley, Fidelma and Brother Eadulf find the slaughtered bodies of thirty-three young men, covered in scars from an ancient pagan ritual. As advocate of the Brehon law courts, Fidelma must learn who or what is behind the shocking massacre, before it threatens the peace of her brother's kingdom.
Fidelma of Cashel - sister to the King of Muman, a religieuse of the Celtic Church and an advocate of the Brehon courts - returns in this new collection of fifteen tales. These stories of murder, mayhem, and mystery are not merely spellbinders but also provide insight into the ways and mores of the complex, fascinating society of seventh century Ireland as well as heretofore unrevealed background details of Fidelma herself.
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