OVERRIDE

The Subtle Serpent

In the year 666 A.D., a headless female corpse is found in the drinking well of a remote abbey in southwest Ireland: clasped in one hand is a crucifix; tied to the other arm is a pagan death symbol. Sister Fidelma--sister to the king of Muman, a religieuse, and an advocate of the Brehon law courts--is sent to investigate. En route, she encounters a Gaulish merchant ship under full sail off the Irish coast--one whose crew and cargo have vanished without a trace.
 
Faced with a tense local situation, Fidelma must discover first the identity of the body in the well and uncover who was responsible, then find out what happened to the missing crew of the adrift merchant ship, and, finally, determine how these bizarre events are connected. For these events are more than simply disturbing--the peace of the entire kingdom rests upon their solution.

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The Subtle Serpent
Chapter OneThe gong was struck twelve times, its vibration rousing Sister Brónach from her contemplation. Then she heard the gong being struck once again; a single, clear, sharp note. She sighed as she recognised the lateness of the hour and, rising swiftly from her knees before a statue of the Christ in His Suffering, she genuflected. It was an automatic motion, hastily made without thought or meaning, before she turned and made her way from the duirthech, the wooden chapel of the abbey.In the stone-flagged corridor outside the doors of the chapel, she paused as her
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"...considerable storytelling skill ...a bonanza for students of the period."
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Peter Tremayne

  • Peter Tremayne is the pseudonym of well-known authority on the ancient Celts Peter Beresford Ellis. He is the author of three previous mysteries featuring Sister Fidelma--Absolution by Murder, Shroud for the Archbishop, and Suffer Little Children--and numerous short stories that have appeared in several magazines as well as Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine. He lives in London, England.
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    The Subtle Serpent

    A Celtic Mystery

    Mysteries of Ancient Ireland featuring Sister Fidelma of Cashel

    Peter Tremayne

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