The emotional and compelling thirteenth mystery in Peter Tremayne's extraordinary Sister Fidelma series
Peter Tremayne is the fiction pseudonym of a well-known authority on the ancient Celts, who has utilised his knowledge of the Brehon law system and 7th-Century Irish society to create a new concept in detective fiction.
In the pseudonymous Tremayne's intriguing 15th Irish historical (after 2005's Badger's Moon), Fidelma of Cashel suffers a terrible personal loss. On returning in the fall of A.D. 667 to the castle of her brother, Colgu, who's the king of Muman, Fidelma discovers that her baby son's nurse has been murdered and her son has disappeared. She and Brother Eadulf, her partner in a trial marriage, become involved in a complex plot involving palace politics and hostile tribes, frightening captures and hair-raising escapes. The diverse supporting cast includes warriors and woodsmen, bishops and apothecaries, dwarfs and lepers. Despite some clunky prose, the author, an authority on ancient Celtic culture under his real name of Peter Berresford Ellis, once again brings the people and customs of seventh-century Ireland to vivid life. (Jan.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Praise for the Sister Fidelma Series: 'Definitely an Ellis Peters
competitor * Evening Standard *
This is masterly storytelling from an author who breathes fascinating life into the worth he is writing about * Belfast Telegraph *
A compulsive readable whodunit fronted by one of the most reliably intriguing characters to grace the pages of the genre * Booklist *
Tremayne's super-sleuth is a vibrant creation * Morgan Llywelyn *
A brilliant and beguiling heroine. Immensely appealing * Publishers Weekly *