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The Chalice of Blood

"If there is anyone who has emerged from the crowded field of medieval mysteries to take the place of the late Ellis Peters, it is Peter Tremayne." --Denver Post on Master of Souls

Ireland AD 670: When an eminent scholar is found murdered in his cell in the Abbey of Lios Mor, fear spreads among his brethren. His door was secured from the inside, with no other means of exit.  How did the murderer escape? And what was the content of the manuscripts apparently stolen from the scholar's room?
 
Abbot Iarnla insists on sending for Sister Fidelma and her companion Brother Eadulf to investigate the killing.  But even before they reach the abbey walls, there is an attempt on their lives. As the mystery deepens, Fidelma and Eadulf must also wrestle with problems of their own, problems which threaten to separate them forever...

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The Chalice of Blood
CHAPTER ONE 
 
Although it was not yet the end of summer, there was a damp chill in the air and Abbot Iarnla drew his chair nearer to the smoky log fire. No warmth emanated from it, only grey fumes and the hissing of moisture. He exhaled in annoyance.'The wood is damp, Brother Gáeth,' he admonished the moon-faced religieux whose task it was to bring the wood to provide warmth for the abbot's chamber.'Forgive me, Father Abbot,' the man stammered. 'It has only just been noticed that the thatch on the woodshed roof was in need of repair. The rain must have
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Praise for The Chalice of Blood

"The clever solution, one of the author’s best, enhances a pitch-perfect reproduction of medieval Ireland."
--Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
 
"Not only is the history and culture accurately portrayed but as a wonderful writer, Tremayne draws the reader into the world and hearts of the characters."
--RT Book Reviews
 
"If you like a good mystery, cleverly plotted and beautifully written, and have not yet discovered Fidelma, a treasure trove awaits."
--Irish Independent

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Fiction Review: Chalice of Blood: A Mystery of Ancient Ireland by Peter Tremayne. Minotaur, $25.99 (384p) ISBN 978-0-312-55121-6
In Tremayne's superior 19th full-length seventh-century Irish historical (after 2010's The Dove of Death), Sister Fidelma has decided to forsake her life as a religieuse, in order to apply for the
- Publishers Weekly
CHALICE OF BLOOD by Peter TremayneKirkus Book Reviews
Read the Kirkus Review of CHALICE OF BLOOD . Murder, mayhem and religious dissent plague Ireland in 670 CE.
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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.
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    The Chalice of Blood

    A Mystery of Ancient Ireland

    Mysteries of Ancient Ireland featuring Sister Fidelma of Cashel

    Peter Tremayne

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