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Mysteries of Ancient Ireland

In seventh-century Ireland, Sister Fidelma of Cashel is tasked by the Celtic Church to investigate murder and intrigue among the courts and clergy in Peter Tremayne’s Mysteries of Ancient Ireland.

“In the simultaneously sharp-tongued and full womanly figure of Sister Fidelma, Tremayne has created a heroine whom many readers will willingly follow.” —Kirkus Reviews, on Absolution by Murder

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Penance of the Damned

Penance of the Damned

Mysteries of Ancient Ireland (Volume 27)
Peter Tremayne
St. Martin's Press

Ireland, AD 671. King Colgú of Cashel is shocked to learn that his loyal Chief Bishop and advisor has been murdered in the old enemy fortress of the Uí Fidgente. When word reaches Cashel that the...

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The Second Death
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The Second Death

Mysteries of Ancient Ireland (Volume 26)
Peter Tremayne
St. Martin's Press

Ireland, A.D. 671. It is the beginning of the summer season and the Kingdom of Muman is preparing to celebrate the Great Fair of Cashel. It is an extravagant nine days of contests, food, and endless...

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The Devil's Seal
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The Devil's Seal

Mysteries of Ancient Ireland (Volume 25)
Peter Tremayne
St. Martin's Press

Ireland, A.D. 671. An Anglo-Saxon delegation arrives in Cashel to debate the new religious rules that have been handed down from Rome. The Abbot of Imleach leads the Irish delegation, which is hostile...

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Atonement of Blood
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Atonement of Blood

Mysteries of Ancient Ireland (Volume 24)
Peter Tremayne
St. Martin's Press

Winter, 670 AD. King Colgú has invited the leading nobles and chieftains of his kingdom to a feast day. Fidelma and her companion Eadulf are finally home for an extended stay, and have promised...

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The Seventh Trumpet
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The Seventh Trumpet

Mysteries of Ancient Ireland (Volume 23)
Peter Tremayne
St. Martin's Press

When a murdered corpse of an unknown young noble is discovered, Fidelma of Cashel is brought in to investigate, in Peter Tremayne's The Seventh Trumpet

Ireland, AD 670. When the body...

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Behold a Pale Horse
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Behold a Pale Horse

Mysteries of Ancient Ireland (Volume 22)
Peter Tremayne
St. Martin's Press

In Behold a Pale Horse Peter Tremayne brings us a perplexing case of murder and conspiracy in the pagan wilds of Northern Italy

In 664 A.D., just after the events detailed in Shroud...

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The Chalice of Blood
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The Chalice of Blood

Mysteries of Ancient Ireland (Volume 21)
Peter Tremayne
St. Martin's Press

"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

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The Dove of Death
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The Dove of Death

Mysteries of Ancient Ireland (Volume 20)
Peter Tremayne
St. Martin's Press

In A.D. 670, an Irish merchant ship is attacked by a pirate vessel off the southern coast of the Breton peninsula. Merchad, the ship's captain, and Bressal, a prince from the Irish kingdom of Muman,...

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The Council of the Cursed
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The Council of the Cursed

Mysteries of Ancient Ireland (Volume 19)
Peter Tremayne
St. Martin's Press

In A.D. 670 Fidelma of Cashel is asked to act as an advisor to the Irish delegation to a hostile church council. In an abbey in Burgundy, Bishop Leodegar of Autun has assembled church leaders from...

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Dancing with Demons
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Dancing with Demons

Mysteries of Ancient Ireland (Volume 18)
Peter Tremayne
St. Martin's Press

In the late 7th Century, the High King of Ireland is killed at night in the middle of his compound. Who killed him is not in question - there are unimpeachable witnesses that point directly to the...

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A Prayer for the Damned
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A Prayer for the Damned

Mysteries of Ancient Ireland (Volume 17)
Peter Tremayne
St. Martin's Press

In 668, Sister Fidelma – sister to the King of Muman – is set to enter a permanent marriage with her companion Eadulf, with whom she has a son. But the marriage is delayed by the murder of a distinguished guest and it's up to Fidelma to unravel.

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Master of Souls
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Master of Souls

Mysteries of Ancient Ireland (Volume 16)
Peter Tremayne
St. Martin's Press

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...

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Whispers of the Dead
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Whispers of the Dead

Mysteries of Ancient Ireland (Volume 15)
Peter Tremayne
St. Martin's Press

Fidelma of Cashel - sister to the King of Muman, a religieuse of the Celtic Church and an advocate of the Brehon courts - returns in this new collection of fifteen tales. These stories of murder,...

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The Leper's Bell
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The Leper's Bell

Mysteries of Ancient Ireland (Volume 14)
Peter Tremayne
St. Martin's Press

In November of 667 A.D., Fidelma of Cashel has returned home to her brother's castle to discover that a servant, her son's nurse, has been found brutally murdered in the woods near town, and her...

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Badger's Moon
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Badger's Moon

Mysteries of Ancient Ireland (Volume 13)
Peter Tremayne
St. Martin's Press

In October of 667 A.D., Fidelma of Cashel - sister to the one of kings of Ireland, a religieuse of the Celtic Church, and an advocate of the Brehon courts - is struggling with her most challenging...

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The Haunted Abbot
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The Haunted Abbot

Mysteries of Ancient Ireland (Volume 12)
Peter Tremayne
St. Martin's Press

In December of 666 A.D., Fidelma of Cashel and her companion Brother Eadulf, having completed their business with the Archbishop of Canterbury, make one final journey before returning to Ireland....

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Smoke in the Wind
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Smoke in the Wind

Mysteries of Ancient Ireland (Volume 11)
Peter Tremayne
St. Martin's Press

In seventh-century Ireland, then the light of reason in a darkening world, Fidelma - a religious, advocate of the Brehon courts, and sister to the King of Muman - is an increasingly notable figure...

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Our Lady of Darkness
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Our Lady of Darkness

Mysteries of Ancient Ireland (Volume 10)
Peter Tremayne
St. Martin's Press

In mid-seventh-century Ireland, Sister Fidelma of Cashel-sister to the King of Muman, an advocate of Brehon Courts, and religieuse of the Celtic Church-returns hastily from a pilgrimage to...

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Hemlock at Vespers
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Hemlock at Vespers

Mysteries of Ancient Ireland (Volume 9)
Peter Tremayne
St. Martin's Press

Sister Fidelma-an Eognacht princess and sister to the king of Cashel, a religieuse of the Celtic Church and an advocate of the Brehornn court-is one of the most interesting and compelling figures...

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Act of Mercy
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Act of Mercy

Mysteries of Ancient Ireland (Volume 8)
Peter Tremayne
St. Martin's Press

In the late autumn of 666 A.D., Fidelma of Cashel - an advocate of the Brehon Courts, sister to the King of Cashel, and religieuse of the Celtic Church is at a crossroads. Needing to reflect upon...

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The Monk Who Vanished
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The Monk Who Vanished

Mysteries of Ancient Ireland (Volume 7)
Peter Tremayne
St. Martin's Press

In September of 666 A.D., an aged monk and a set of relics disappear during the night from the Abbey of Imleach. The missing monk is a matter of great concern for the abbey. But the relics are a...

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Valley of the Shadow
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Valley of the Shadow

Mysteries of Ancient Ireland (Volume 6)
Peter Tremayne
St. Martin's Press

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....

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The Spider's Web
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The Spider's Web

Mysteries of Ancient Ireland (Volume 5)
Peter Tremayne
St. Martin's Press

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...

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The Subtle Serpent
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The Subtle Serpent

Mysteries of Ancient Ireland (Volume 4)
Peter Tremayne
St. Martin's Press

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....

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Suffer Little Children
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Suffer Little Children

Mysteries of Ancient Ireland (Volume 3)
Peter Tremayne
St. Martin's Press

Sister Fidelma returns in another spellbinding story of murder and intrigue in seventh-century Ireland--when the murder of a high cleric threatens to result in a bloody war between two of Ireland's...

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Shroud for the Archbishop
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Shroud for the Archbishop

Mysteries of Ancient Ireland (Volume 2)
Peter Tremayne
St. Martin's Press

Wighard, Archbishop designate of Canterbury, has been found dead, garrotted in his chambers in Rome's Lateran Palace in the autumn of A.D. 664. His murderer seems apparent to all, since an Irish...

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Absolution By Murder
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Absolution By Murder

Mysteries of Ancient Ireland (Volume 1)
Peter Tremayne
St. Martin's Press

In A.D. 664, King Oswy of Northumbria has convened a synod at Whitby to hear debate between the Roman and Celtic Christian churches and decide which shall be granted primacy in his kingdom. At stake...

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The Sister Fidelma Novels, 1-3
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The Sister Fidelma Novels, 1-3

Mysteries of Ancient Ireland
Peter Tremayne
St. Martin's Press

Peter Tremayne's Fidelma of Cashel mysteries, set in ancient Ireland, will delight readers with their confounding puzzles and brilliant characters. Here together for the first time are the first...

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An Ensuing Evil and Others
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An Ensuing Evil and Others

Mysteries of Ancient Ireland
Peter Tremayne
St. Martin's Press

Peter Tremayne is one of the best loved writers of historical mysteries, his novels and stories published in over a dozen countries around the world. An Ensuing Evil collects for the first...

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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, beginning with Absolution by Murder. He lives in London.