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Valley of the Shadow

In Ireland of A.D. 666, Sister Fidelma is sent by her brother, Colgu of Cashel, the king of Muman, to the remote valley of Gleann Geis, whose inhabitants still adhere to the ancient Druidic ways.  Her mission is to negotiate with the chieftain Laisre for permission to build a Christian church and school in his territory.  Fidelma's task won't be an easy one, though, as Laisre's clan is known for its hostility to the new religion and fierce adherence to the old. Approaching the valley, Fidelma and her companion, Brother Eadulf, come upon a particularly grisly scene--the slain bodies of thirty-three young men, placed in a sunwise circle and bearing the marks of the ancient threefold death of pagan times.  As an emissary of her brother the king, as well as her position as a dalaigh--an advocate of the Brehon courts--it is Fidelma's responsibility to uncover the truth behind the gruesome murders.  Within the forbidden valley, Fidelma embarks upon an inquiry that not only places her in the gravest personal danger but upon which rests the continuing peace of her brother's kingdom.

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Valley of the Shadow
Chapter OneHunters were coming. Humans. The baying of their hounds echoed eerily through the narrow glen. Rising swiftly from the waters of a small central lake, a speckled, white-rumped, curlew flapped upwards, announcing its annoyance at having to leave a potential meal of choice crab behind; its long down-curved beak giving forth a haunting, plaintive cry - 'coo-li!', 'coo-li!'. It rose upwards into the air until it became a mere black speck, moving in ever widening circles, against the cloudless azure sky. The only other object in that blue canopy was the large, bright,
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"...a complex web of intrigue that moves from one surprising revelation to the next."
--Publishers Weekly
 
"Firmly set in a wild, dangerous time but featuring well bred and educated protagonists, this historical teaches as it entertains. Recommended."
--Library Journal

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Peter Tremayne

  • Peter Tremayne is the fiction pseudonym of a well-known authority on the ancient Celts.  He is the author of two previous Sister Fidelma books, Absolution by Murder and Shroud for the Archbishop.  He lives in England.
  • Peter Tremayne
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    Valley of the Shadow

    A Celtic Mystery

    Mysteries of Ancient Ireland featuring Sister Fidelma of Cashel

    Peter Tremayne

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