Sister Fidelma must call on all her deductive powers when religious gathering spills over into murder . . .
Super sleuth Sister Fidelma returns in the twenty-fifth historical mystery by Peter Tremayne, acclaimed author of ATONEMENT OF BLOOD, THE SEVENTH TRUMPET and many more.
PRAISE FOR THE SISTER FIDELMA SERIES: 'Rich helpings of evil and tension with lively and varied characters' Historical Novels Review, 'The most detailed and vivid recreations of ancient Ireland' Irish Examiner
Ireland, AD 671. When a curious deputation of religieux arrive in Cashel, death follows close behind. Sister Fidelma and her companion, Eadulf, seem unable to stem the bloodshed.
Is one of the deputation responsible? What was the Venerable Verax, the scholar from Rome, hiding? Was there an evil secret behind the austere Bishop Arwald? Indeed, what was the real reason behind Eadulf's brother Egric's unexpected appearance at Cashel - could he be the culprit?
Victims and suspects combine to make a tangled skein of mystery more complex and bloody than Fidelma and Eadulf have ever faced.
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Tremayne's 25th Sister Fidelma mystery set in seventh-century Ireland (after 2014's Atonement of Blood) should please fans interested in the next chapter in the lives of Fidelma and her companion, Brother Eadulf, but newcomers may wonder what the fuss is about. King Colgu, Fidelma's brother, is puzzled when a demand is made that he preside over a religious council, during which a delegation will present the merits of their different practices. When someone slits the throat of Brother Cerdic, a Saxon emissary, before the council begins, the monarch assigns Fidelma, who serves as a legal advocate, to find Cerdic's killer. The death toll continues to rise, even as Eadulf is unsettled by the resurfacing of his brother, Egric, whom he believed had died years earlier. Tremayne gets overly cute in making Fidelma a medieval Sherlock Holmes ("When all the possibilities have been eliminated, that which remains must be the solution"). The solution is less satisfying than usual.