The Spider's Web

A Celtic Mystery

Mysteries of Ancient Ireland featuring Sister Fidelma of Cashel (Volume 5 of 25)

Peter Tremayne

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In the spring of 666 A.D., Sister Fidelma is summoned to the small Irish village of Araglin. An advocate of the Brehon law courts as well as a religieuse, she is to investigate the murder of the local chieftain. While traveling there with her friend Brother Eadulf, a band of brigands attacks the roadside hostel in which they are staying and attempts to burn them out. While Fidelman and Eadulf manage to beat back their attackers, this incident is only the first in a series that troubles them. When they arrive at Araglin, they find out that the chieftain was murdered in the middle of the night, and next to his body, a local deaf-mute man was found holding the bloody knife that killed him.

While everyone else seems convinced that the man's guilt is obvious, sister Fidelma is not so sure. As she investigates, she's convinced that there is something happening in the seemingly quiet town--something that everyone is trying very hard to keep from her. In what may be the most challenging and confusing situation that she has yet faced, Fidelma must somehow uncover the truth behind the chieftain's murderer and find out what is really going on beneath the quiet surface of this rural town.

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Chapter OneThunder was rumbling around the high bald peaks of the mountains which spread from the central summit of Maoldomhnach's Hill, from which they took their name. An occasional bright flash silhouetted the rounded height, causing shadows to flit briefly across the valley of Araglin within its northern foothills. It was a dark night with storm clouds clustering and racing across the heaven, tumbling over each other as if blown in disarray by the powerful breath of the ancient gods.On the high pastures, the shaggy-coated cattle huddled together, some bellowing fretfully now

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"In the simultaneously sharp-tongued and full womanly figure of Sister Fidelma, Tremayne has created a heroine whom many readers will willingly follow. Even Brother Cadfael might have tolerated her." -- Kirkus Reviews on Absolution by Murder

"A treat for history buffs who devoured How the Irish Saved Civilization and historical mystery fans who appreciate strong, highly intelligent female protagonists."--Booklist on The Subtle Serpent

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Peter Tremayne

Peter Tremayne is the fiction pseudonym for Peter Beresford Ellis, a world-reknowned Celtic scholar with over 20 non-fiction books on various aspects of the ancient Celtic World. He lives in London, England.

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Hardcover

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books
July 1999
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780312205898
ISBN10: 0312205899
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 352 pages
$23.95

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books
July 1999
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781466814059
ISBN10: 1466814055
352 pages
$7.99
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