The Chalice of Blood by Peter Tremayne
A Mystery of Ancient Ireland (Sister Fidelma Mysteries)

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"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...


About Peter Tremayne

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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.
Published October 25, 2011 by Minotaur Books. 385 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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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 position of Chief Brehon, the leading investigating magistrate, of her brother Colgú’s kingdom.

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But if you can read a fairly detailed explanation of some heretical beliefs that might have been circulating in Ireland in 670 AD, this is a rather clever murder mystery.

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Historical Novel Society

It is 670 A.D., and Sister Fidelma is contemplating leaving the world of the religious and committing herself solely to her life as a dalaigh, an advocate of the courts of the Five Kingdoms of Celtic Ireland, hoping someday to become Chief Brehon.

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Sister Fidelma of Cashel first appeared in short stories in 1993, and in the following year the first novel, Absolution by Murder appeared.

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