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Dancing with Demons: A Mystery of Ancient Ireland (Mysteries of Ancient… (original 2007; edition 2008)

by Peter Tremayne

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Title:Dancing with Demons: A Mystery of Ancient Ireland (Mysteries of Ancient Ireland featuring Sister Fidelma of Cashel)
Authors:Peter Tremayne
Info:Minotaur Books (2008), Hardcover, 288 pages
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I love reading these books of Peter Tremayne. The mystery aspect of the book is superb and the description of the life and times in Ancient Ireland during 669AD is enthralling.

I had suspicions of who were the guilty parties in the murder of the High King of Ireland but it wasn't until the last 20 pages that all the t's were crossed and the i's dotted.

A fast easy to read page turner...loved the book, my second now. I will search for more of the Sister Fidelma series and endeavor to read them in succession. ( )
1 vote Lynxear | Feb 3, 2013 |
wonderful! the plot is intriguing and never boring or predictable, Fidelma's relationships with the other characters are interesting and well narrated, many interesting topics are touched. could not stop reading until I had to ( )
1 vote bilja | Oct 26, 2009 |
Peter Tremayne knows how to write a story, and the world he has created with the Sister Fidelma series is quite magnificent. The story is set in Ireland in 669 AD. Things were quite different then, and Sister Fidelma�s world has been enlightening me for some years now since this is something like the 17 or 18 book. Tremayne builds his stories on true historical happenings, and he quite captures the feeling of the times. In this book the High King of the Five Kingdoms is found dead in his locked bedroom, and the assassin has put a knife through his own heart in order to avoid being caught for this treasonous act. Sister Fidelma and the faithful Eadulf are called in to determine what happened, and they uncover political and personal plots that put their lives in danger. I recommend this series highly, but it should be read in order, starting with �Absolution by Murder�. It would be difficult to get into the era without the background that is built up in each book. ( )
1 vote Romonko | Jul 12, 2009 |
Dancing with Demons is 16th novel in the chronicles of Sister Fidelma. This book takes place a year after last we left her and Eadulf. The High King has been assassinated and to keep suspicions from causing the Heir elect political problems Fidelma is requested to investigate the matter as an impartial third party. What looks like a simple case with witnesses and a suicide of the assassin turns into much, much more.

I was waiting and hoping for another excellent mystery and Tremayne (IMHO) succeeded and met my expectations once again. He is an Irish historian and he puts lots of details of the time period (7th Century) into his books, but he weaves them so well that it doesn't feel like a history lesson. If you like Agatha Christie or Ellis Peters I think you will enjoy Sister Fidelma by Peter Tremayne. ( )
1 vote readafew | May 11, 2009 |
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"Tremayne writes so authentically about this remote time period that readers will feel they are there in every way...a delight!" -- Library Journal (starred review) on Master of Souls
"The action is tense and gripping...a compelling, enjoyable adventure." -- The Philadelphia Inquirer on The Monk Who Vanished
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 clan chieftain responsible. Dubh Duin is, after all, found by the High King's guards in the High King's bed chamber holding the murder weapon. But with impending civil war in the balance, the motive for the murder becomes of paramount importance.
The Chief Brehon of Ireland asks Fidelma of Cashel - sister to the King of Muman and a dailagh - to investigate.  What her investigations reveal is an intricate web of conspiracy and deception that threatens to unbalance the five kingdoms and send them spiralling into a violent and bloody civil war and religious conflict.  And it's up to Fidelma to not only see to justice but to private the violent fracturing of an increasingly fragile peace.

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When the High King of Ireland is found murdered in his compound and clan chieftain Dubh Duin is accused of the crime, the Chief Brehon of Ireland calls in Fidelma of Cashel to investigate a web of conspiracy and treachery that could ignite a war.

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