Master of Souls

A Mystery of Ancient Ireland

Mysteries of Ancient Ireland featuring Sister Fidelma of Cashel (Volume 16 of 25)

Peter Tremayne

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In January of 668 A.D., Fidelma of Cashel - sister to the king of Muman, an advocate of the Brehon law courts and a religieuse in the Celtic Church - is called to investigate the brutal murder of Abbess Faife and the mysterious disappearance of six young female religieuse accompanying  her on a short pilgrimage away from her abbey. When Sister Fidelma and her husband,  Brother Eadulf, arrive they find that there has been another death under mysterious circumstances, one of the senior scholars of the abbey has been bludgeoned to death. These two seemingly unrelated deaths - and the further mysteries of the trade ship lured to its doom on the rocky western shore of Ireland and the rumored figure of "The Master of Souls" wrecking havoc and raising rebellion - combine to create on the the most perplexing mysteries ever faced by the redoubtable Fidelma.

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Master of Souls
CHAPTER ONE 
 
Esumaro turned, frowning slightly. His weather-beaten face was raised towards the dark, lowering clouds. He let out a soft hiss from between crooked, blackened teeth and shifted his balance on the swaying deck before glancing swiftly about him. The seas around the broad-beamed ship were already reflecting the blackness of the clouds and the surface of the water was broken by short, choppy, white-crested waves. The seas were becoming angry and threateningly alive, although partially shrouded by sheets of gusting rain.

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"Tremayne never fails to deliver a fascinating and intriguing read. Besides the complex mystery found within, his books are rich in Irish history and lore . . . For all fans of medieval novels, especially mysteries, Tremayne's latest in the Sister Fidelma series is a gratifying read." --Anniston Star
 
"... pitch-perfect ... Once again, Tremayne ... transports the reader to an unfamiliar time and place with a sure scholarly touch."--Publishers Weekly
 
"Fidelma gathers up all the loose strings of her investigation and brings the case to a stunning conclusion."--Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)
 
"Tremayne, the pseudonym of Celtic scholar Peter Beresford Ellis, writes so authentically about this remote time period that readers will feel they are there in every way. His densely plotted stories are a delight for those who love puzzle mysteries."--Library Journal

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Peter Tremayne

Peter Tremayne is the fiction pseudonym of Peter Berresford Ellis, a renowed scholar of the ancient Celts with over thirty books on the topic. As Tremayne, he is best known for his stories and novels (most recently The Leper's Bell) featuring seventh-century Irish religieuse, Fidelma of Cashel.  He lives in London.

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Master of Souls
A Mystery of Ancient Ireland
Peter Tremayne

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books
October 2007
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ISBN: 9781466803886
ISBN10: 1466803886
320 pages
$7.99

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October 2007
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ISBN: 9780312374679
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