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Master of Souls

Master of Souls

A Mystery of Ancient Ireland

Mysteries of Ancient Ireland (Volume 16)

Peter Tremayne

St. Martin's Griffin

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In January of 668 A.D., Fidelma of Cashel - sister to the king of Muman, advocate of the Brehon law courts and religieuse in the Celtic Church - is called to investigate the brutal murder of Abbess Faife and the mysterious disappearance of six young female religieuse while away on a short pilgramage away from their abbey. But when Fidelma and her husband, Eadulf, arrive, they are confronted with another violent murder under mysterious circumstances. One of the senior scholars was bludgeoned to death in the oratory.
With evidence of shipwreckers and the rumored figure of "The Master of Souls", a mysterious rabble rouser, roaming the nearby countryside wrecking havoc and raising rebellion, both complicating matters, the redoubtable Fidelma is faced with her most perplexing mystery ever.

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Master of Souls

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Esumaro turned, frowning slightly. His weather-beaten face was raised towards the dark, lowering clouds. He let out a soft hiss from between crooked, blackened teeth and shifted...

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“Tremayne never fails to deliver a fascinating and intriguing read. Besides the complex mystery found within, his books are rich in Irish history and lore . . . For all fans of medieval novels, especially mysteries, Tremayne's latest in the Sister Fidelma series is a gratifying read.” —Anniston Star

“... pitch-perfect ... Once again, Tremayne ... transports the reader to an unfamiliar time and place with a sure scholarly touch.” —Publishers Weekly

“Fidelma gathers up all the loose strings of her investigation and brings the case to a stunning conclusion.” —Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)

“Tremayne, the pseudonym of Celtic scholar Peter Beresford Ellis, writes so authentically about this remote time period that readers will feel they are there in every way. His densely plotted stories are a delight for those who love puzzle mysteries.” —Library Journal

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Peter Tremayne

PETER TREMAYNE is a pseudonym of Peter Berresford Ellis, a Celtic scholar who has written extensively on the Ancient Celts and the Irish. As Tremayne, he is best known for his stories and novels featuring 7th century Irish religieuse Fidelma of Cashel. He lives in London.

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