Death of a Heretic (Sister Fidelma Mysteries Book 33)

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What to expect

Sister Fidelma returns in DEATH OF A HERETIC, the thirty-third Celtic mystery by Peter Tremayne, acclaimed author of THE HOUSE OF DEATH, THE SHAPESHIFTER’S LAIR and BLOOD IN EDEN. If you love Ellis Peters, you’ll be gripped by DEATH OF A HERETIC and the Sister Fidelma series.

IRELAND AD 672. The abbey of Muman at Imleach Iubhair is being renovated when its guests’ hostel burns to the ground. There is one fatality: Bishop Brodulf of Luxovium, a distinguished visitor and cousin to the King of Franks. Sister Fidelma is asked by Abbot Cuán to investigate the unfortunate incident and soon finds that the bishop had been stabbed to death before the fire had even started.

Thrown into a world of treachery and jealousy, where religious beliefs are vehemently disputed, Fidelma and her companions, Eadulf and Enda, face a barrier of deceit. The abbey, a leading ecclesiastical teaching institution as well as a conhospitae, housing both men and women, is divided into factions. Can Abbot Cuán trust Prioress Suanach, who is in charge of the sisterhood? Can the professors trust each other as well as their students? Moreover, can suspicion be levelled at the builders working on the abbey under their dominant Master Builder, Sítae? As more deaths follow, Fidelma must use her wit and ingenuity to unravel the complexities of this intricate mystery.

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Critics Review

  • A challenging and unusual but deeply satisfying and enjoyable historical thriller

  • The background detail is brilliantly defined…wonderfully evocative

    The Times
  • Tremayne expertly incorporates historical and legal details of the time into the suspenseful plot. This impressive volume bodes well for future series entries

    Publishers Weekly
  • Tremayne’s super-sleuth is a vibrant creation, a woman of wit and courage who would stand out in any era, but brings a special sparkle to the wild beauty of medieval Ireland

    Morgan Llywelyn
  • This is masterly storytelling from an author who breathes fascinating life into the world he is writing about

    Belfast Telegraph
  • The detail of the books is fascinating, giving us a vivid picture of everyday life at this time…the most detailed and vivid recreations of ancient Ireland

    Irish Examiner

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