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Behold a Pale Horse

A perplexing case of murder and conspiracy in the pagan wilds of Northern Italy

In 664 A.D., just after the events detailed in Shroud for the Archbishop, Fidelma of Cashel takes a unexpected detour on her trip home from Rome. While in the port at Genua (modern day Genoa), Fidelma—sister of one Ireland’s kings and an advocate in her country’s law courts—receives word  that one of her old teachers, Brother Ruadan, is reaching the end of his days. Determined to see her old mentor one last time, Fidelma takes the treacherous journey to a remote abbey in the countryside—a place where the old pagan religion still has a hold and where even the Christians are often in bloody conflict with each other. But after she hears her dying teacher’s last words, Fidelma’s most dangerous adventure has just begun. With one murder after the next and a vicious war in the offing, it is up to Fidelma, alone and on her own, to unravel an extraordinary conspiracy before it is too late.

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Behold a Pale Horse
CHAPTER ONE 
 
The elderly man was obviously a religieux. He wore the corona spina, the tonsure of St Peter, and a long brown woollen homespun cloak over a robe of similar material, with leather sandals on his feet. Marking him as being above the lower orders of religious brethren, he carried a staff of office topped with a small silver hook as if it were a crozier of the type a bishop might use.He hurried by Sister Fidelma without a glance, the soles of his sandals slapping on the cobbles of the narrow street. Fidelma was sheltering under the thatch cover
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Praise for Behold a Pale Horse

“A compulsively readable whodunit fronted by one of the most reliably intriguing characters to grace the pages of the genre.” –Booklist
 
"Once again, Tremayne ... presents a detailed, readable depiction of life in ancient times with a clever mystery neatly woven into the plot."
--Kirkus Reviews
 
"The writing and sense of place are as assured as ever, as is Tremayne’s ingenuity at crafting a traditional whodunit."
--Publishers Weekly
 
"[Tremayne's] information and research are impeccable.... He is not just an excellent scholar, however, but a wonderful writer, and this will appeal not just to historical fans but also anyone who wants a riveting mystery."
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BEHOLD A PALE HORSE by Peter Tremayne | Kirkus Book Reviews
Read the Kirkus Review of BEHOLD A PALE HORSE . In a flashback to the days before she married, Sister Fidelma of Cashel has a wild adventure in A.D. 664 Italy.
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Fiction Review: Behold a Pale Horse: A Mystery of Ancient Ireland by Peter Tremayne. Minotaur, $25.99 (384p) ISBN 978-0-312-65863-2
Tremayne's enjoyable 22nd seventh-century historical featuring Sister Fidelma (after 2011's The Chalice of Blood) is, despite the subtitle, a sequel to the second Fidelma mystery, Shroud for the Arch
- Publishers Weekly

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Peter Tremayne

  • 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. He lives in London.
  • Peter Tremayne
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    Behold a Pale Horse

    A Mystery of Ancient Ireland

    Mysteries of Ancient Ireland featuring Sister Fidelma of Cashel

    Peter Tremayne

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