Hemlock at Vespers: Fifteen Sister Fidelma Mysteries [NOOK Book]

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Sister Fidelma-an Eognacht princess and sister to the king of Cashel, a religieuse of the Celtic Church and an advocate of the Brehornn court-is one of the most interesting and compelling figures in contemporary mystery fiction. In this collection of short mysteries, Tremayne fills in many of the background details of Fidelma and seventh-century Ireland not found in the novels, and weaves his always-beguiling...
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Hemlock at Vespers: Fifteen Sister Fidelma Mysteries

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Overview


Sister Fidelma-an Eognacht princess and sister to the king of Cashel, a religieuse of the Celtic Church and an advocate of the Brehornn court-is one of the most interesting and compelling figures in contemporary mystery fiction. In this collection of short mysteries, Tremayne fills in many of the background details of Fidelma and seventh-century Ireland not found in the novels, and weaves his always-beguiling mix of history and mystery.

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Editorial Reviews

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"A treat for history buffs who devoured Thomas Cahill's How the Irish Saved Civilization and historical mystery fans who appreciate strong and intelligent female protagonists." --Booklist on The Subtle Serpent

"Tremayne's heroine is gutsy. She is funny. As she outwits the dull-witted and silences the foolish with a quick comment, the reader is inclined to murmur 'Bravo!' The Spider's Web is the fifth book in the series. We can only hope there will be a dozen more." --Tampa Bay Tribune

"In the simultaneously sharp-tongued and full, womanly figure of Sister Fidelma, Tremayne has created a heroine whom many readers will willingly follow. Even Brother Cadfael might have tolerated her." --Kirkus Reviews on Absolution by Murder

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429909631
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2007
  • Series: Sister Fidelma Series , #9
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 115,533
  • File size: 421 KB

Meet the Author


Peter Tremayne is the fiction-writing pseudonym of Peter Berresford Ellis, the leading Celtic scholar. Born of Anglo-Irish parents in Coventry, England, and taking his degrees in Celtic studies, he has published over a score of books in the field of Celtic studies. These include The Ancient World of the Celts (1998), The Celtic Empire (1990), Celtic Women (1995), Celt and roman (1998), Hell or Connaught: the Cromwellian Colonisation of Ireland (1975), A Dictionary of Irish Mythology (1987), The Celtic Chronicle: Retellings of Celtic Myths and Legends (1999) among others. He has received numerous awards and honors for his work, which has been translated into more than a dozen European languages as well as Japanese.

He began writing fiction as peter Tremayne in 1977, mainly in the field of heroic and supernatural fantasy, using Celtic myth and legend as background. His Lan-Kern sword and sorcery trilogy (1980-1983) and books such as Raven of Destiny (1984), Ravenmoon [US title: Bloodmist] (1988) and Island of Shadows (1991) secured his reputation in the genre. No less than half a dozen of his short stories have been chosen to appear in collections of Great Irish Stories and his own collection of stories, Aisling and Other Irish Tales of Terror (1992), won high literary praise. He began to write Sister Fidelma mysteries in 1993 primarily to illustrate the role of women as lawyers in seventh-century Ireland. The stories have attracted to a wide following on both sides of the Atlantic and in translation.
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Table of Contents

Introduction
Murder in Repose 1
Murder by Miracle 24
Tarnished Halo 50
Abbey Sinister 73
Our Lady of Death 104
Hemlock at Vespers 127
At the Tent of Holofernes 157
A Canticle for Wulfstan 183
The High King's Sword 218
The Poisoned Chalice 247
Holy Blood 277
A Scream from the Sepulcher 302
The Horse That Died for Shame 325
Invitation to a Poisoning 356
Those That Trespass 377
Acknowledgments 396
About the Author 398
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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Excellent short story collection

    Though Sister Fidelma has appeared in four novels, she has also starred in fifteen short stories that make up this wonderful anthology, HEMLOCK AT VESPERS. Peter Tremayne places his stories in publication date order that allows the audience to observe how much the author and the character have matured. Readers learn why Sister Fidelma changes her references to herself, dissociates from a religious community, and how that impacts the seventh century amateur sleuth. <p>All the stories in this anthology are well written and self-contained as the essence of the main character comes alive each time while retaining a consistent level of excellent storytelling. That enables the audience to understand and empathize with Sister Fidelma. The stories also provide incredible insight into ¿Dark Ages¿ Ireland without slowing down the pacing. Mr. Tremayne is one the leaders of the historical mystery whether the plot is full-length novel (see VALLEY OF THE SHADOW) or a short story. <P>Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2012

    HORRIBLE EDITING!

    This version of a well written collection is utterly destroyedc- with misspellings, grammatical errors, and nonsensical words. If you enjoy the Fidelma stories, don't buy this Nook version unless the editors replace the room full of chimps with some real people who can read English! SHAME ON YOU EDITORS!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2011

    Great Sister Fidel a short stories

    I don't usually like short stories but these stories were true to Sister Fidelma. These stories filled in some gaps concerning Sister Fidel a. I would recommend these stories to any Sister Fidelma fan or any one who wants to give her a try, they are great mysteries in ancient Ireland. I would recommend this to any one who likes historical fiction stories.

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