Act of Mercy

A Celtic Mystery

Mysteries of Ancient Ireland featuring Sister Fidelma of Cashel (Volume 8 of 25)

Peter Tremayne

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In the late autumn of 666 A.D., Fidelma of Cashel - an advocate of the Brehon Courts, sister to the King of Cashel, and religieuse of the Celtic Church is at a crossroads. Needing to reflect upon her commitment to the religious life and her relationship to the Saxon monk Eadulf, she leaves Eadulf behind and joins a small band sailing from Ireland on a pilgrimage to the Shrine of St. James in modern-day Spain. Her first surprise on-board is the appearance of Cian, her first love, a man who had deserted her ten years ago, and who stirs up memories she'd rather forget.

As if this wasn't complication enough, on the first night out the ship is tossed by a turbulent sea and a pilgrim disappears, apparently washed overboard. But the appearance of a blood-stained robe raises the possibility of murder and death continues to dog the tiny band of pilgrims trapped within the close confines of the ship. Battling against the antagonism of her fellow pilgrims, Fidelma is determined to solve this most perplexing of puzzles before the ship reaches the shrine and the killer, if there is one, disappears forever.

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Act of Mercy
Chapter OneArdmore Bay, on the Irish south coast, mid-October, A.D. 666. 
 
Colla, the tavernkeeper, tugged on the leather reins to halt the two sturdy donkeys which had been patiently hauling his overladen cart along the track across the precipitous rocky headland. It was a soft autumnal morning and the sun had begun its climb in the eastern sky. The quiet sea below the headland reflected the azure canopy which held only a few white fleecy clouds. There was just a hint of a soft breeze from the north-west, giving impetus to the morning tide.

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"...persuasive period detail ... for those addicted to historical mysteries ... this delivers: the tactile and sensory impressions of being aboard a seventh-century sailing ship are vividly rendered, right down to the taffrail and the mainmast."
--Publishers Weekly
 
"Firmly entrenched in the astonishingly fertile historical milieu of the early Middle Ages, this decidedly literate and intelligent whodunit will appeal to the same school of demanding fans of period mysteries that relish the novels of Ellis Peters."
--Booklist

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Peter Tremayne

Peter Tremayne is the fiction pseudonym for Peter Berresford Ellis, a prominent authority on the ancient Celts. As Tremayne, he is the author of nine books featuring Sister Fidelma, most recently The Monk Who Vanished. He lives in London.

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books
November 2001
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ISBN: 9781466803879
ISBN10: 1466803878
288 pages
$7.99

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books
November 2001
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ISBN: 9780312268640
ISBN10: 0312268645
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 288 pages
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