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Absolution by Murder (A Sister Fidelma…

Absolution by Murder (A Sister Fidelma Mystery) (Mystery of Ancient… (edition 1997)

by Peter Tremayne

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Title:Absolution by Murder (A Sister Fidelma Mystery) (Mystery of Ancient Ireland)
Authors:Peter Tremayne
Info:Signet (1997), Paperback, 272 pages
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To set the stage for Absolution by Murder: Sister Fidelma mysteries are set during the medieval mid-seventh century. At this time in history there is the well-known debate between the Celtic Christian and Roman churches in the Northumbria region. Its king stages a debate to determine the supreme authority and religious doctrine. The heroine of the series, Sister Fidelma, is an advocate of the ancient law courts of Ireland. But, when the Abbess of the Columban order is murdered Fidelma takes it upon herself to solve the mystery of who killed her friend.
Readers will get a lesson in the differences between blessings at the Trinity versus Columban church. Picture the sign of the cross: is it Celtic with the first, third and fifth fingers raised? Or is it Roman with only the thumb, fist and second fingers? The hand gestures are different yet both are valid forms of worship. ( )
  SeriousGrace | Apr 5, 2019 |
This deals with a time in Ireland I'm not real familiar with. It was interesting to read about the events and issues.

Fidelma was a bit arragont and very sure she knew best. ( )
  nx74defiant | Feb 11, 2018 |
Absolution by Murder - Peter Tremayne
Audio performance by Caroline Lennon
3.5 stars

This is the first of a medieval mystery series, set in Northumbria in A.D. 664. The king has convened a synod to debate the ultimate supremacy of the Roman or Celtic Christian church. There is much political and religious intrigue and treachery. The politics of the early church is especially interesting. There are multiple murders to be solved by the Celtic nun, Sister Fidelma.

This was a fascinating historical setting with interesting (if historically unlikely) characters. The actual mystery was very weak. Caroline Lennon gave a good performance, helpfully providing the correct pronunciations of the Celtic and Saxon names. I will probably continue with this series when I’m looking for a predictable book to pass the time. ( )
  msjudy | Aug 7, 2016 |
It was a fun read. Keeping up with the Irish names was a little difficult, but I did appreciate the historical references overall. ( )
  beertraveler | Feb 5, 2016 |
Good introduction into a very good series. Names are difficult to manage but add authenticity. The lead Columban scholar, an Abbess, is murdered at the beginning of a conference to decide Columbans or Roman as the appropriate religious doctrine to follow in Nothumbria, Sister Fidelma is there as an observer. She is partnered with a Saxon monk and requested to solve the crime. Sister uses logic and ocassional inbsight from her new colleague to follow scant clues to a successful conclusion ( )
  jamespurcell | Mar 24, 2015 |
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In A.D. 664, when someone murders the Abbess Etain during the synod between the Roman and Celtic churches, Sister Edelma of the Celtic Church and Brother Eadulf of the Roman must find the killer and prevent civil war.

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