Wighard, Archbishop designate of Canterbury, has been found dead, garrotted in his chambers in Rome's Lateran Palace in the autumn of A.D. 664. His murderer seems apparent to all, since an Irish religieux was arrested by the palace guards as he fled Wighard's chamber, but the monk denies responsibility for the crime, and the treasures missing from Wighard's chambers are nowhere to be found.
The bishop in charge of affairs at the Lateran Palace suspects a political motive and is wary of charging someone without independent evidence. So he asks Sister Fidelma of the Celtic Church to look into Wighard's death. Fidelma (an advocate of the Brehon Court), working with Brother Eadulf of the Roman Church, quickly finds herself with very few clues, too many motives, a trail strewn with bodies--and very little time before the killer strikes again.
About the Author
Peter Tremayne is the fiction pseudonym for Peter Beresford Ellis, a world-reknowned Celtic scholar with over 20 non-fiction books on various aspects of the ancient Celtic World. He lives in London, England.
PETER TREMAYNE is a pseudonym of Peter Berresford Ellis, a renowned scholar who has written extensively on the ancient Celts and the Irish. As Tremayne, he is best known for his stories and novels featuring Fidelma of Cashel, beginning with Absolution by Murder. He lives in London.
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I've read the first in this series (Absolution by Murder) and now this book the second in the series. Sister Fidelma, an Irish sister, is like a legal investigator and judge. She is assisted by Brother Eadulf, who follows the Roman rule of the Church. They pair up to solve a murder to ensure the Irish and Saxons will both abide by the decision since an Irish and Saxon religieuse were involved in the decisin. Knowing about the ancient Irish and Roman church's past helped me enjoy this series, but it isn't necessary. In the second book, Fidelma becomes more condisending and Eadulf becomes more of a doormat. I really didn't like that. They seemed more equal though Fidelma was obviously superior in deduction than Eadulf, but in book two it got to be too much, I felt. I was able to figure out most of the mystery in both books, which is sometimes that's okay and sometimes people don't like that. I'm okay with either way. The stories were interesting though both wer quite similar and I just don't know how people liked Fidelma with some of the way she acted towards them, but maybe I took things the wrong way too much. I may read on in the series at some point, hoping Fidelma and Eadulf become more equal. I love reading about Ireland and especially about ancient Ireland so I really wanted to love this series. But, I definitely like the Sister Frevisse Series by Margaret Frazer much better.