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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars These Books Get Better and Better
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...
Published on 14 Jun. 2007 by J. Chippindale

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3.0 out of 5 stars Full of data
A fine mystery very much in the mould of Cadfael. But the action is disturbed by a lot of info-dumping about aspects of Celtic history. Peter Tremayne obviously knows a lot about this and wants to share it with the reader. Many descriptions are followed by the Celtic name of whatever is is, which is unnecessary and bothersome.

Peter Tremayne could take a lesson...
Published on 1 Feb. 2010 by Constant Bookworm


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars These Books Get Better and Better, 14 Jun. 2007
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J. Chippindale (England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Monk Who Vanished (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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb! Couldn't put it down., 18 Sept. 2000
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This review is from: The Monk who Vanished (Sister Fidelma) (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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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb! Couldn't put it down., 18 Sept. 2000
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This review is from: The Monk who Vanished (Sister Fidelma) (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 another cracker!, 26 Mar. 2014
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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
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Mystery stories, 22 Jan. 2013
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A good read - keeps you guessing until the end what more can I say to fill up this review
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Monk Who Vanished (A Sister Fidelma Mystery: A Celtic Mystery) Kindle book, 3 Jan. 2013
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An excellent mystery, high intrigue aimed at the heart of the kingdom. I highly recommend that readers start at the beginning of the series with "Absolution by Murder".
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Splendid Read, 26 July 2012
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This review is from: The Monk who Vanished (Sister Fidelma) (Paperback)
As is usual with Tremayne's Sister Fidelma, it is a pleasure to read them. Always interesting and I love the historical facts that accompany every story - I'm even wishing Britain had Brehon law! One thing I would find helpful: how to pronounce the names!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Full of data, 1 Feb. 2010
This review is from: The Monk who Vanished (Sister Fidelma) (Paperback)
A fine mystery very much in the mould of Cadfael. But the action is disturbed by a lot of info-dumping about aspects of Celtic history. Peter Tremayne obviously knows a lot about this and wants to share it with the reader. Many descriptions are followed by the Celtic name of whatever is is, which is unnecessary and bothersome.

Peter Tremayne could take a lesson from Ellis Peters, who can tell a cracking story and impart a lot of history without interrupting the plot.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The best Fidelma I have read so far, 1 Dec. 2005
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Mr. David W. Legg (Ashford, Middlesex, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Monk who Vanished (Sister Fidelma) (Paperback)
Highly escapist and engrossing.
A serious Celtic Whodunnit.
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