Master Of Souls (Sister Fidelma Mysteries Book 16)


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In a brutal and unforgiving 7th Century Irish landscape, Fidelma and Eadulf face their fourteenth perilous investigation

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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.


MIn the 16th entry (after The Leper's Bell) of this popular historical mystery series set in seventh-century Ireland, Fidelma of Cashel is sent to Ard Fhearta Abbey to investigate the murder of Abbess Faife and the abduction of her pilgrimage companions, six young religieuse living in the abbey. Fidelma is the sister of Colgu, King of Muman, and a dalaigh, an advocate of the Irish law courts. Tremayne, the pseudonym of Celtic scholar Peter Beresford Ellis, writes so authentically about this remote time period that readers will feel they are there in every way. His densely plotted stories are a delight for those who love puzzle mysteries, but the use of Old Irish words and names may hinder some readers. For those historical fans who still miss Ellis Peters. Tremayne lives in London. [See Prepub Mystery, LJ 7/06.] Copyright 2006 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 *

Set in A.D. 668, the pseudonymous Tremayne's pitch-perfect 16th mystery to feature Fidelma of Cashel (after 2005's The Leper's Bell) takes some diverting detours into politics, monastic life, the importance of bloodlines and the working of civil law vs. the emerging power of the Roman Catholic church. Fidelma, a d laigh (or advocate of the law courts), follows a difficult path in an effort to solve the murder of Abbess Faife of Fhearta Abbey and the abduction of six novices in the abbess's charge. The subsequent bludgeoning death of Cin ed, an elderly scholar in residence at the abbey, and the wrecking of a ship on the west Irish coast complicate her task. Once again, Tremayne, the author of many books on the ancient Celts under his real name of Peter Berresford Ellis, transports the reader to an unfamiliar time and place with a sure scholarly touch. (Nov.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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