The new mystery in Peter Tremayne's long-standing and much-loved series featuring 7th-century Irish super-sleuth Sister Fidelma.
Sister Fidelma returns in this brand-new 7th-century Irish mystery by Peter Tremayne, acclaimed author of THE DEVIL'S SEAL and THE SECOND DEATH. If you love Ellis Peters you will be gripped by this novel.
When news comes to Cashel that Chief Bishop and advisor to King Colgu of Muman has been murdered within the fortress of the Ui Fidgente, it is a shock for all concerned. The Ui Fidgente are the long-time enemies of King Colgu's family, and terrible conflict is threatened when the King learns that the culprit will be executed under new ecclesiastical rules.
As Colgu dispatches his sister Fidelma and her companion, Eadulf, to investigate, it seems there there is no uncertainty about the person who killed the abbot. But the man facing death is Gorman, commander of the King's elite bodyguard and son of Fidelma's closest friend.
Now Fidelma and Eadulf must face old enemies as they struggle to find an alternative to the apparent fact of Gorman's guilt. And with the threat of war looming, time is running out to the allotted moment of Gorman's execution...
The background detail is brilliantly defined...wonderfully evocative - The Times
A brilliant and beguiling heroine. Immensely appealing, difficult to put down - Publishers' Weekly
Definitely an Ellis Peter competitor...the background detail is marvellous - Evening Standard
Tremayne's super-sleuth is a vibrant creation, a woman of wit and courage who would stand out in any era, but brings a special sparkle to the wild beauty of medieval Ireland - Morgan Llywelyn
This is masterly storytelling from an author who breathes fascinating life into the world he is writing about - Belfast Telegraph
The detail of the books is fascinating, giving us a vivid picture of everyday life at theis time...the most detailed and vivid recreations of ancient Ireland - Irish Examiner
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. The Sister Fidelma series has now been published to great acclaim for over twenty years.