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Behold A Pale Horse [Hardcover]

Peter Tremayne
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7 July 2011

The brilliant new novel by the internationally bestselling author of the Sister Fidelma mystery series.

AD 664: Sister Fidelma finds herself in the seaport of Genua, en route from Rome back to her native Cashel. Her old teacher, Brother Ruadán, lies dying in the abbey of Bobium - an isolated abbey in a disturbed country where even the Christians are in bloody conflict with one another and the worship of the pagan gods often prevails. Fidelma is determined to see Brother Ruadán before he dies. But from the moment she enters the beautiful valley of the Trebbia, there is danger on every side. Her dying teacher's last words send her off on her most dangerous adventure where murder follows murder and a vicious civil war threatens before an extraordinary conspiracy is revealed. And from the start, Fidelma is on her own...

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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (7 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755377478
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755377473
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 568,204 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Peter Tremayne is the fiction pseudonym of a well-known authority on the ancient Celts, who has utilised his knowledge of the Brehon law system and 7th-Century Irish society to create a new concept in detective fiction.

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The Sister Fidelma mysteries have achieved three million sales worldwide and sold in seventeen different languages

About the Author

Peter Tremayne is the fiction pseudonym of a well-known authority on the ancient Celts, who has utilised his knowledge of the Brehon law system and 7th-Century Irish society to create a new concept in detective fiction.

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It must be difficult for an author to revisit a characters distant past, and when I read the preface to this book I was filled with dread that it may not work given that having grown up with Fidelma through Tremaynes strict adherence to chronological order in the Fidelma novels (I don't count the short stories as mucking about with the timeline) I would have difficulty making the adjustment from a mature Fidelma to the character she was years before - albeit not many years.

However, Peter Tremayne has done an excellent job with this novel. Tremayne is another one of those very few historical mystery writers who can perplex and bewilder and he must have a particularly twisty and devious mind to come up with the plots he does and keep them fresh and different and weave them into a complex historical narrative.

I'm fond of the character Fidelma in the same way I used to be fond, and still am, of Ellis Peters Brother Cadfael. I hope that Peter Tremayne continues to write more about her and about the five kingdoms; a place more enlightened and civilised than anything we have now!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Absolute cracker 6 July 2011
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Whilst most of Peter's work follow a strict timeline, this one is unusual as it goes back to continue the story from the lead character, Sister Fidelma's journey to Rome in Shroud for the Archbishop (Book Two released in 1995.) Its creative, it has a great premise and of course it is impeccably researched to give the reader a real flavour of the timeline to which the character inhabits. It's clever, it has some great prose and above all else it's the overall arc alongside the creative use of the nature of man for the timeline that really will keep you fascinated.

Finally add to this a great character with a mystery that will intrigue the reader and it's a worthy addition to this cracking series. Great stuff.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good paperbook 7 Jan 2014
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I enjoyed this novel which came up to all that was expected of it. A very nice and chilled out read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This whole series is excellent 24 Aug 2013
By Cath
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Great characters and plot, but most of all it is another fascinating insight into 7th century Ireland. If that interests you then you'll enjoy but read the whole series, pref. in order.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Behold A Pale Horse 20 Aug 2013
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What can one say except these books are really a great read. I am gripped from beginning to end Thanks
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5.0 out of 5 stars Out of Sequence. 14 Jun 2013
By Coyley@
A newcomer to Sister Fidelma's world, I discovered her by chance in a collection of historical crime novels. So I read this book after 'Absolution by Murder' and 'Shroud for the Archbishop'. This seemed the most sensible way to approach the stories. I had already fallen for Sister Fidelma, so was only too delighted to read more. I would advise new readers to do as I did and complete this book before reading 'Suffer Little Children'. Then you will understand the chronology. Peter Tremayne has created a wonderful world, based upon his knowledge of the history of the so called 'Dark Ages'. This book, set in an Italian monastery, like 'Suffer Little Children', set in an Irish one, does not include the English brother Eadulf, so Fidelma, as a young woman, has to solve the murder unaided.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Behold a Pale orse 6 May 2013
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I gave this book 5 stars as it captured my imagination straight away. I was concerned that without Eadulf the story may lack some of the "essence" of what the Fidelma mystries have. Peter Termayne has taken us back to a time when Fidelma was slightly younger but no it stilll had the same intrigue. the story is set in Italy where she was visiting one of her old mentors . She finds that he has been murdered and set about in her own unique way of solving the murder.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Timeline 14 Jan 2013
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I found the time shift backwards very difficult to deal with and also I found that there were too many characters with similar names whcih was very confusing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
One of better novels in the series and have read most of them!
Published 3 months ago by brendarog
5.0 out of 5 stars A compelling read!
As I always enjoy very much the interaction between the main characters, I feared I might not like so much a book with Fidelma acting solo, without Eadulf. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Hans
5.0 out of 5 stars The early days
This novel goes back in time in Fidelma's life a little and initially I was disappointed but Peter Tremayne still worked his magic and drew me into a fantastic story. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Marlene
4.0 out of 5 stars Behold a Pale Horse
I am an avid reader of Peter Tremayne's 'Sister Fidelma' books! I love the huge amount of historic information that he manages to pack into his stories, especially the references... Read more
Published 23 months ago by S. M. Litton-Wood
5.0 out of 5 stars history with a kick.
I have read all the sister Fidelma stories and they never cease to entertain, as well as instruct.Well researched and well written
Published on 3 Jun 2012 by Dr. M. Dalby
5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner in the Sister Fidelma series
I have been reading the Sister Fidelma series for some years and always look forward keenly to each new title. This one doesnt disappoint
Published on 28 April 2012 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars another good Sister Fidelma story by Tremayne
I have read all of the books in the Sister Fidelma series...they are educational as well as entertaining...this was no exception...
Published on 13 Aug 2011 by B. Kelly
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