The Chalice of Blood

The Chalice of Blood

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Sister Fidelma returns in the twenty-first 7th-century Irish mystery, THE CHALICE OF BLOOD by Peter Tremayne, acclaimed author of THE DOVE OF DEATH and THE COUNCIL OF THE CURSED. If you love Ellis Peters you will be gripped by this novel.

PRAISE FOR THE SISTER FIDELMA SERIES: 'The background detail is brilliantly defined . . . wonderfully evocative' The Times, 'A brilliant and beguiling heroine. Immensely appealing' Publishers Weekly

Ireland AD 670. When an eminent scholar is found murdered in his cell in the abbey of Lios Mór, 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, which threaten to separate them for ever...

What readers are saying about THE CHALICE OF BLOOD :

' Excellent historical content as well as the usual intriguing mystery '

' Tremayne continues to satisfy Sister Fidelma mavens '

' Kept me guessing right up until the end. A great read'

Publisher: London : Headline, 2011.
ISBN: 9780755357765
Characteristics: x, 433 p. :,ill., map. ;,20 cm.


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Mar 30, 2015

Fidlelma has determined to leave the religious life to focus on her passion for the law. Eadulf isn't happy with this, but is pleased that she wants him along when they are asked to solve a strange murder at a monastery. Before they arrive, they are attacked; at the monastery, strife is evident in the relationship between the abbot, an old friend of Fildelma's, and the Steward, who wants to bring in Roman ways, and to build in stone a monument that will stand for the ages. The mother of the murdered man is paying for the "improvements," but even she could do nothing with her son. The abbot seems to abdicate his responsibility to the steward, and men are hostile to Fidelma and Eadulf. Many are hostile to their questions; accidents keep happening, until finally the master builder is murdered. This crisis gives Fidelma a clue, as does the burning of a major library at another abbey and the murder of its librarian. Who benefits by destroying books? This question leads to the culprit, and a lesson in tolerance, for Fidelma's day, and ours.

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