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review 2017-11-23 15:16
The Subtle Serpent
The Subtle Serpent - Peter Tremayne

A Celtic Mystery featuring Sister Fidelma

 

Ireland , AD 666

 

Sister Síomha turned slowly wondering what Brónach was staring at in such a horror-struck fashion.

What she saw made her raise a hand to her mouth as if to suppress a cry of fear.

Hanging by one ankle, which was secured to the rope on which the pail was usually suspended, was a naked female body. It was still glistening white from its immersion in the icy water of the deep well. The body was hanging head downwards so that the upper part of the torso, the head and shoulders, were beyond their view being hidden in the well-head.

[...]

Sister Síomha moved to the well-head and peered down, hands reaching forward to swing the body out of the well. Then, with a sharp cry which she could not stifle, she turned away, her face becoming a mask of shocked surprise.

Curious, Sister Brónach moved forward and peered into the well-head. In the semi-gloom of the well she saw that where the head of the body should have been was nothing. The body had been decapitated. What remained of the neck and shoulders were stained dark with blood.

 

In the Abbey of the Salmon of the Three Wells, the naked and mutilated corpse of a young woman is discovered in one of the wells. She had been whipped, her head had been hacked off – so there was no means of identifying her – and tied to her left arm was a stick of aspen wood on which Ogham characters had been carved. The Ogham read: "Bury her well. The Mórrigú has awakened!" In her other hand, by contrast, she still clasped a copper crucifix.

 

A great mystery, and Fidelma is sent to try to solve it. She travels by ship, for the abbey is on the coast, and as they are nearing their destination they sight  a French merchant vessel heading erratically towards some submerged rocks. Ross, the captain of Fidelma's ship, investigates.  It turns out that the French ship has been abandoned. Apart from a few traces of blood, there is no sign of either crew or passengers, or of cargo.

 

Another great mystery.

 

But then Fidelma finds a Missal she recognises. She had given it to her friend Brother Eadulf when she parted from him in Rome. How had it come to be here? Yet another mystery – and now Fidelma has a personal interest in solving it.

 

Those of us who have read later stories in the series will by now be completely hooked, for we already know that Eadulf is fated to become Fidelma's "Watson". Will it happen here, in this book, we wonder – our sympathies all with Eadulf, for Fidelma can be quite as clever, as arrogant and as sarcastic as Sherlock Holmes ever was.  

 

As always with this series, then: highly recommended.

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text 2015-08-15 19:09
Series: New Release, August 16, 2015
The Second Death (Sister Fidelma) - Peter Tremayne
Source: www.fictfact.com/BookReleaseCalendar
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review 2014-06-06 08:08
Tod bei Vollmond - Schwester Fidelma (12) | Peter Tremayne
Tod bei Vollmond (Sister Fidelma, #13) - Peter Tremayne,Susanne Olivia Zylla

Peter Tremayne
Tod bei Vollmond
Schwester Fidelma (12)
Historischer Kriminalroman
Taschenbuch Verlag, 22.06.2005
TB, 392 Seiten, z.Z. nur gebraucht erhältlich
von meinem SuB
diesmal nicht in der Leselotte gelesen
Kindle-Edition: 8,99 €
ISBN: 3746621283

 

Bewertung:

 

Klappentext:

Schwester Fidelma und die Magie des Vollmonds
Die Untertanen von Fürst Becc sind aufs höchste beunruhigt. Sie versuchen sogar, die nahe gelegene Abtei zu stürmen. Denn decken nicht die Mönche drei gefährliche Mörder, drei Fremde mit schwarzer Hautfarbe? Schon drei junge Mädchen sind in Vollmondnächten grausam umgebracht worden. Es reicht! Was bleibt Schwester Fidelma da weiter übrig, als ihren grade geborenen Sohn für ein paar Tage allein zu lassen und mit ihrem Gefährten Eadulf dem Fürsten zu Hilfe zu eilen.
Ein neuer Keltenkrimi mit Schwester Fidelma, die zu einer Zeit agiert, in der der katholische Glaube irisch-keltischer Prägung den Frauen noch Bildung, Macht und Einfluss gestattete und es in Irland noch kein Zölibat gab.

 

Meine Meinung:

 

Auch wenn dieser Band als Band 13 gehandelt wird, halte ich mich an die Auflistung bei der Histo-Couch, denn die Bücher mit Kurzgeschichten wurden hier ausgespart. Und danach ist “Tod bei Vollmond” Band 12 der Reihe.

 

An den Büchern um Schwester Fidelma bewundere ich nicht nur die absolut herausragenden Recherchen, das große Wissen, das an den Leser weiter gegeben wird und die Mischung aus historischen Fakten und Fiktion, die in einem wunderbaren Krimi nach Art von Agatha Christie gipfeln, sondern auch das Menschliche, die sich verändernde Beziehung zwischen Fidelma und Eadulf, all ihre Vorzüge und Schwächen, die so gut ebenso in der heutigen Zeit nachempfunden werden können. In diesem Buch z.B. leidet Fidelma an einer postnatalen Depression.

 

Inzwischen habe ich die beiden Protagonisten der Reihe direkt lieb gewonnen wie alte Freunde und freue mich bei jedem Band auf das Wiedersehen, selbst, wenn längere Zeit verstreicht.

 

Wir befinden uns wieder im irischen Königreich Cashel. In “Tod bei Vollmond” geht ein Serienmörder um. Immer am Tag nach dem Vollmond wird ein junges Mädchen bestialisch zugerichtet im Wald gefunden, nun schon zum dritten Mal. Fidelma und Eadulf stoßen bei der Befragung der Bewohner des Ortes auf Sturheit und Verschlossenheit. Diese lassen sich nicht so ohne weiteres davon abbringen, dass die drei Fremden die Schuldigen sind. Regelrecht frustriert sind die beiden Ermittler immer wieder gezwungen, die Befragungen abzubrechen, weil sie nicht weiter kommen. Doch dann geschieht ein weiterer Mord, nicht bei Vollmond, sondern am helllichten Tage…

 

Der letzte Absatz des Buches führt zur Fortsetzung der Reihe und lässt den Leser geschockt zurück.

“Lady.” Der Krieger holte tief Luft, und auf einmal stürzten die Worte aus ihm heraus: “Sárait ist ermordet worden, und euer Sohn Alchú wurde entführt.”

Leider hatte ich den Folgeband nicht auf Reisen dabei…

 

Ich gebe 10/10 Punkte für die prickelnde Spannung, mit der ich fast atemlos las.

 

Source: sunsys-blog.blogspot.de/2014/06/gelesen-tod-bei-vollmond-p-tremayne.html
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review 2014-01-25 23:42
Absolution by Murder (A Sister Fidelma Mystery) (Mystery of Ancient Ireland) - Peter Tremayne

I really enjoyed this book because there was so much I didn't know.  Such as in Ireland in this 600s women could own property, could rule, could hold high office and really had the same rights as men.  It's so sad that didn't stay in effect. 

The murderer I figured out pretty quickly with some fairly broad hints - when they describe a character as unusual because of certain qualities and then those qualities are important later on you can put 2 and 2 together.  I ended up really enjoying this book. 

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review 2013-09-28 17:16
Absolution by Murder
Absolution By Murder: A Sister Fidelma Mystery (Mysteries of Ancient Ireland featuring Sister Fidelma of Cashel) - Peter Tremayne

This is the first "Sister Fidelma" novel.

 

It is the year 664, and the good Irish nun/judge is on her way to Northumbria, to a synod at the Abbey of Streoneshalh.  There the leaders of the two varieties of Christianity in Britain, the Church of Rome and the Church of Ireland, will debate - and Oswy, King of Northumbria, will decide which version he and his kingdom will adopt.

 

On the first day of the synod, however, the opening speaker for the Irish, the Abbess Etain of Kildaire, is found dead, her throat slashed.  King Oswy asks Sister Fidelma to investigate.

 

I had several problems with this novel.  The "Sister Fidelma's World" prologue was hard going.  Did we really need all that information to make sense of the novel?  Couldn't Tremayne have worked some of it into the text?

 

Secondly, the book did not have much of a historical feel to me.  For the most part, the characters felt modern in nature, but wearing period clothes.  I had to keep reminding myself that it was set in the 7th century.

 

Thirdly - I guessed the murderer, and the motive, very early.

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