Absolution By Murder

A Sister Fidelma Mystery

Mysteries of Ancient Ireland featuring Sister Fidelma of Cashel (Volume 1 of 25)

Tremayne, Peter

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In A.D. 664, King Oswy of Northumbria has convened a synod at Whitby to hear debate between the Roman and Celtic Christian churches and decide which shall be granted primacy in his kingdom.  At stake is much more than a few disputed points of ritual; Oswy's decision could affect the survival of either church in the Saxon kingdoms.
 
When the Abbess Etain, a leading speaker for the Celtic church, is found murdered, suspicion falls upon the Roman faction.  In order to diffuse the tensions that threaten to erupt into civil war, Oswy turns to Sister Fidelma of the Celtic Church (Irish and an advocate for the Brehon Court) and Brother Eadulf of the Roman church (from east Anglia and of a family of hereditary magistrates) to find the killer.  But as further murders occur and a treasonous plot against Oswy matures, Fidelma and Eadulf soon find themselves running out of time.

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Chapter OneThe man had not been dead long. The blood and spittle around his twisted lips had not even dried. The body swung to and fro in the faint breeze, suspended at the end of a stout hemp rope from the branch of a squat oak tree. The head was twisted at an awkward angle where the neck had been broken. The clothes were torn and if the man had worn sandals then they had since been taken by scavengers for there was no sign of any footwear. The contorted hands, still sticky with blood, showed that the man had not died without a struggle.

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"...immensely appealing launch of a new series...the book becomes difficult to put down."
--Publishers Weekly
 
"... in the simultaneously sharp-tongued and full womanly figure of Sister Fidelma [Tremayne has] created a heroine whom many readers will willingly follow."
--Kirkus Reviews

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Tremayne, Peter

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.

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Absolution By Murder
A Sister Fidelma Mystery
Tremayne, Peter

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books
December 1995
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ISBN: 9781466814011
ISBN10: 1466814012
250 pages
$7.99
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