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Suffer Little Children

by Peter Tremayne

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Series: Sister Fidelma Mystery (3)

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I really enjoyed this episode in the Sister Fidelma series. She is an interesting character in a time period and place where women had a surprising amount of freedom. The historical notes were very interesting and the book was extremely well-researched. The author did a great job of winnowing down the suspects and if you were paying attention, the clues were there for you to figure out the culprit along with Sister Fidelma. I enjoyed the resolution, but I also enjoyed the ride Tremayne took you along to get to the resolution. ( )
  jguidry | Jun 7, 2016 |
A mystery set in seventh-century Ireland; one of a series featuring the intelligent and feisty Sister Fidelma.
I haven't read any of the others, but this definitely worked as a stand-alone book. Fidelma, as an investigator with a good reputation, is asked to go to an abbey and investigate the murder of a venerable scholar who was studying at the renowned library there. But on the way, she encounters a group of raiders slaughtering the inhabitants of an entire village. Inheritance, old feuds and personal animosities all come up as Fidelma puts her talents to work... not to mention a growing toll of fatalities and atrocities... Can she solve the mystery and bring about justice for the slaughtered innocents before the High King arrives?
The book, I felt, does occasionally fall into the trap that so many historical mysteries do, of having the investigation proceed in very much the way that a modern criminal investigation would, rather than how it would have in the historical context. But still, Tremayne (Peter Berresford Ellis) is obviously quite knowledgable about Celtic history, and succeeds in creating an atmosphere redolent of ancient Ireland. ( )
  AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
A good installment in an excellent series. Sister Fidelma lived in interesting times during the 7th century in Ireland. ( )
  jamespurcell | May 2, 2015 |
I really enjoyed this book. The characters were interesting and the plot was suspenseful. Best of all, unlike some books, the list of suspects was not narrowed down to two or three and the "final reveal" was a shocker. ( )
  BillC. | Dec 7, 2014 |
Another satisfying Sister Fidelma mystery. I really like how you are actively involved in sifting through the clues in this series. I thought I had the murderer but the twist at the end was a surprise. Lots of action in addition to the piecing of the clues...the quiet awakening of Fidelma's affection for the missing Saxon Brother Eadulf moves that aspect of the series along. ( )
  Lynxear | Aug 11, 2014 |
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Lasset die Kindlein zu mir kommen und wehret ihnen nicht... (Markus 10, 14)
So fürchtet euch denn nicht vor ihnen. Es ist nichts verborgen, das nicht offenbar werde, und ist nichts heimlich, das man nicht wissen werde.
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Meinem alten und sehr lieben Freund Christopher Lowder. Dank Arnold Bennett und dem "Six Towns Magazine"
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In A.D. 644, the Venerable Dacan, a respected scholar of the Celtic Church, is murdered while on a visit to the Abbey of Ros Ailithir in the Irish Kingdom of Muman. Dacan, unfortunately, was the close confidant of the hot-headed young king of the neighboring kingdom of Fearna, who is using Dacan's murder as an excuse to provoke war. Sister Fidelma, an advocate of the Brehon courts, is summoned by the dying King of Muman to solve the brutal killing and also to prevent the incipient war between the two kingdoms. But, at the remote abbey, Fidelma soon discovers that there are far more sinister forces than mere political intrigue at work behind the mystery of Dacan's death. She must quickly unravel a most complicated mystery if she is to prevent the coming war - and preserve her own life as well.… (more)

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