Peter Tremayne, highly acclaimed author of THE DEVIL''S SEAL and ATONEMENT OF BLOOD, presents THE SECOND DEATH, another gripping Celtic mystery featuring super-sleuth Sister Fidelma.
PRAISE FOR THE SISTER FIDELMA SERIES: ''Tremayne''s super-sleuth is a vibrant creation'' Morgan Llywelyn, ''A brilliant and beguiling heroine. Immensely appealing'' Publishers Weekly
Ireland, AD 671. The Great Fair of Bealtain is almost upon the fortress of Cashel, and a line of painted wagons carries entertainers to mark the occasion. But preparations take a deathly turn when one carriage is set alight, and two corpses are found, lying poisoned, within.
As Sister Fidelma and her companion, Eadulf, investigate, they are plunged into the menacing marshlands of Osraige - where the bloody origin of the Abbey of Cainnech is wreaking his revenge.
Fidelma and Eadulf must face untold mortal danger before they can untangle the evil that strikes at the very heart of the kingdom.
What readers are saying about THE SECOND DEATH:
''It is impossible not to be impressed by the author''s depth of knowledge of the period''
''A thoroughly entertaining and enjoyable read''
''Delivers another winning dose of mystery in ancient Ireland. Murder, mayhem, intrigue and a web of lies''
Set in Ireland in 671 C.E., Tremayne's 26th Sister Fidelma mystery (after 2015's The Devil's Seal) has one of the author's craftiest setups. After a strange wagon joins up with some traveling entertainers en route to perform for the Great Fair of Cashel, it suddenly bursts into flame. The driver, a girl disguised as a boy, may have set the wagon on fire. She jumps off the burning vehicle, runs a few paces, then collapses and dies. After the conflagration is extinguished, the wagon is found to contain a rotting corpse of a man, who turns out to have been poisoned by the same substance that caused the girl's death. Brother Eadulf, Fidelma's longtime companion, witnesses these dramatic events; he quickly informs her of what's transpired and begins to question other witnesses. The former religious sister is troubled when she learns that the entertainers have not been straight with her. Eadulf disappears in a subplot that distracts from the main story, and the payoff doesn't match the intriguing opening.