Absolution by Murder (Sister Fidelma Mysteries) Hardcover – Large Print, 1 Mar 1996
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The brilliant and evocative first novel in the Sister Fidelma series brings 7th-century Ireland vividly to life--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Sister Fidelma is attending an ecclesiastical conclave at Whitby in the year 664. While she is there a major proponent of the Celtic way of religion is murdered. Fidelma a fellow follower of the Celtic way is asked to investigate. She is paired with the ideological opposite, Brother Eadulf on the Roman side. Eadulf is shrewd well educated and smitten with the sister.
In an age before celibacy had become a part of religious life, intellectual and physical sparks fly between the two clerics and when two monks are also killed the plot thickens . . .
Well, there's the clunky writing, so full of clichés that one could use it as a How-Not-To manual for a creative writing class; the personality-free characters; the repetition; the banal motive for the murder (the perpetrator was clear before the murder even too place) - and, worst of all, the appalling lack of historical knowledge. I'm no expert on what Tremayne anachronistically sees as the conflict between 'the Celtic Church' and 'the Roman Church', but whenever he strays on to territory which I do know something about, he's laughably inaccurate. One character says the rosary roughly 500 years before it was known (and uses the second half of the 'Hail Mary', which was introduced even later); the Angelus (another prayer half a millennium out of place) is said at midnight; monks and nuns pop in and out of each other's bedrooms - etc, etc, etc. He has some very weird ideas about double monasteries, too, and about the discipline of celibacy, not to mention an extraordinary prejudice against the English. (In one particularly laughable scene, there's an eclipse of the sun which the Irish characters shrug off - they're Scientifically Knowledgeable, see - but which terrifies the pore, iggerant Saxon types. It doesn't seem to have occurred to our author that nationality was comparatively unimportant at this period when it came to knowledge of the natural world, as every educated person - and monks of the rank he's writing about were generally well educated - would have known Ptolemy's Almagest.
I won't go on, but only because the book's not worth wasting words on. Had it been possible to give negative stars, this book would have received them, and I resent wasting money putting it on my Kindle (whence it has now been deleted).
This is, however, the first of the Sister Fidelma I have ever read, and it is, I believe, the first Sister Fidelma novel of a series of about 24 so far. She's like a female/nun version of Cadfael; a sleuth investigator of murders. Reminds ne a bit of Murder She Wrote.
The novel was a nice easy read, no foul language, no sex scenes, just pure simple a good read.
I agree with one previous reviewer though; the amount of times Sister Fidelma and other character "bit [their] lip" I am surprised anybody had any lips in the end. It seems every other page one character or another "bit his/her lip". Quite funny really.
All in all a nice enjoyable and easy to read novel.
Note on the Kindle version; no proplems at all. One or two 'typos' but few and far between so as not to spoil the reading experience.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A different format, but still as good as any other crime fiction. I can't wait to read the whole series!Published 1 month ago by St_Bridie
This was my first 'Sister Fidelma' book I will be reading more. It is a great story and very interesting historical setting. Well worth a readPublished 16 months ago by Hopalong