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The Dove of Death (2009)

by Peter Berresford Ellis

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Fidelma and Eadulf seem to attract trouble like iron shavings to a lode stone. Just trying to travel back home from Council they are attacked by pirates. Fidelma's cousin is killed and she and Eadulf happen to escape by jumping overboard. They are rescued by monk from a nearby island who witnessed the whole thing.

The monk brings them back to the mainland, to help them try and find passage back home. Fidelma is appreciative, but she has other ideas. Her cousin was murdered and her friend and captain of the ship along side him.

Fidelma finds a rather twisted and interesting mystery and it is a conspiracy that goes all the way to the top!

Another excellent book the Fidelma mysteries. While I don't think you need to start at the beginning, I would suggest reading a couple previous books before jumping into this one. ( )
  readafew | Oct 11, 2012 |
Lo-o-o-ong. ( )
  picardyrose | Oct 27, 2011 |
This is the 18th book in this series about Sister Fidelma. If you like historical mysteries you will love this series. Peter Tremayne (pseudomyn of Peter Berresford Ellis), the author, is very knowledgeable about this period in Irish history. The stories are well written against a background of the social order of the time. At this time period Celtic christianity is being challenged by Roman christianity. The heroine, Sister Fidelma, Is a Religious, a Law Advocate, she has a significant other and she is a mother. She sounds like a very modern woman. Apparently the women of this period in Ireland had as many/more rights under the celtic laws as women have today in the USA.
  RapidCityPubLib | Dec 6, 2010 |
This is the 19 book in this wonderful series and it is no wonder that there is a strong cult following for Sister Fidelma and for Ancient Ireland as portrayed by Mr. Tremayne. These books are set in and around the British Isles. The time for this particular book is 670 AD. The book is set in the province of Britany and Sister Fidelma and her husband Eadulf are returning home to Cashel in Ireland when their ship is attacked by pirates. They narrowly escape with their lives and it lands them smack in the middle of planned coup that places them both in danger over and over once they actually reach shore. Tremayne is an historian, and his books are wonderfully written. The characters are very well portrayed and there is always a gripping plot and a difficult mystery. I think it’s the way he develops his background detail in each book that makes these books so special. These books are truly wonderful! ( )
  Romonko | Oct 10, 2009 |
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Dat veniam corvis, vexat censura columbas.

Der Zensor vergibt den Krähen,

die Tauben jedoch verurteilt er.

(Juvenal, geb. um 60, gest. nach 127)

Non semper ea sunt, quae videntur.

Die Dinge sind nicht immer das, was sie zu sein scheinen.

(Phaedrus, geb. um 15 v.Chr., gest. um 50 n.Chr.)
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Für meinen alten Freund Professor Per Denez, dem ich die Idee verdanke, Fidelma in der Bretagne wirken zu lassen; ...
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Fidelma von Cashel lehnte sich entspannt gegen die Heckreling des Handelsschiffs und beobachtete, wie die Küste des Festlands allmählich zurückblieb.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0312551207, Hardcover)

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, are killed in cold blood after they have surrendered. Among the other passengers who manage to escape the slaughter are Fidelma of Cashel and her faithful companion, Brother Eadulf.

Once safely ashore, Fidelma—sister to the King of Muman and an advocate of the Brehon law courts—is determined to bring the killers to justice, not only because her training demands it but also because one of the victims was her cousin. The only clue to the killer’s identity is the symbol of the dove on the attacking ship’s sails, a clue that leads her on a dangerous quest to confront the man known as The Dove of Death.

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Surviving a pirate attack during which her cousin and other innocent victims were murdered, Fidelma of Cashel and her faithful companion, Brother Eadulf, pursue clues throughout seventh-century Breton to learn the killer's identity and uncover a sinister adversary.… (more)

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