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The Monk who Vanished (A Sister Fidelma Mystery: A Celtic Mystery) [Paperback]

Peter Tremayne
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5 Aug 1999 A Sister Fidelma Mystery: A Celtic Mystery

The Abbey of Imleach, in the south-west Irish kingdom of Muman, now rivals Armagh as the centre of the faith in Ireland. For the founder of the abbey was none other than St Ailbe, the man who brought Christianity to Muman, converted its king and baptised him at Cashel in AD448.

But now, calamity has struck the community of the abbey. Not only has an elderly monk suddenly disappeared, but the holy relics of St Ailbe have also vanished. These sacred relics are not just the concern of the abbey's community but are a priceless icon and political symbol of the entire kingdom. So who would have dared to take them?

Sister Fidelma, together with Saxon Brother Eadulf, are asked to investigate. It seems there is more to the disappearances than meets the eye; much more. Fidelma gradually uncovers a sinister conspiracy, in which the participants will stop at nothing - even murder - to achieve their aims ...


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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Headline; New Ed edition (5 Aug 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747257817
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747257813
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,384 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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A clever plot, ingeniously resolved...the atmosphere of 7th century Ireland is so well recaptured that it becomes absolutely real. (SHOTS)

'A clever plot, ingeniously resolved...the atmosphere of 7th century Ireland is so well recaptured that it becomes absolutely real.' SHOTS

'The background detail is brilliantly defined' The Times

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The stunning seventh novel in Peter Tremayne's atmospheric Sister Fidelma series


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5.0 out of 5 stars These Books Get Better and Better 14 Jun 2007
By J. Chippindale TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
The author Peter Tremayne obviously has a great knowledge of Ireland in the 7th century and also on the Irish Law of the period. His Sister Fidelma book are attracting what can only be described as a cult following, but they are of interest to anyone who likes historical novels or mysteries. This series of books are set in Ireland in the 7th century, a time when there was total equality for women. The lead character is the beguiling Sister Fidelma. She is a brilliant scholar, a leading authority on Irish law and the sister of a king. This is also a period in history when celibacy was not yet a part of religious life.

AD 666, an old monk and a set of relics have disappeared during the night from the Abbey of Imleach. Obviously the monk who has gone missing is of great concern to the Abbey, but the missing relics are of much greater concern. The relics are the political symbol of the entire kingdom and their disappearance threatens to undermine the peace and stability of the land.

While on a visit to the Abbey, Sister Fidelma is asked to investigate the matter and with the help of her friend and companion Brother Eadulf, Fidelma begins slowly but surely to unravel the mystery, but there are people who will stop at nothing, including murder to achieve their way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb! Couldn't put it down. 18 Sep 2000
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Format:Paperback
Another superb story from Peter Tremayne. This book was a book I couldn't put down. Peter Tremayne really brings his characters alive- a real rival for Ellis Peters! If you have never read Peter Tremayne before don't worry, his books are easy to read, exciting till the very end and can be enjoyed again and again. This story is I believe one of his best as the secrecy and mystery surrounding the murders that occur makes this story truly life-like.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb! Couldn't put it down. 18 Sep 2000
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Another superb story from Peter Tremayne. This book was a book I couldn't put down. Peter Tremayne really brings his characters alive- a real rival for Ellis Peters! If you have never read Peter Tremayne before don't worry, his books are easy to read, exciting till the very end and can be enjoyed again and again. This story is I believe one of his best as the secrecy and mystery surrounding the murders that occur makes this story truly life-like.
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5.0 out of 5 stars another cracker! 26 Mar 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Great stuff again yet another winner from tremayne. This one had me guessing for quite a time. Attention to detail as always
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting subdefuge ! 12 Feb 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Although the story initially unravelled very slowly it held my interest. In true Fidelma fashion, she kept me guessing right up to her 'performance in court, when like the finely tuned lawyer that she is, she revealed first the plot & then the culprit . Thank you to Peter Tremayne for yet another good read with some interesting historic facts tucked away inside.
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