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Absolution by Murder (A Sister Fidelma Mystery) (Mystery of Ancient Ireland) Mass Market Paperback – September 1, 1997
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The only compelling element in this novel is its protagonist, Sister Fidelma. She is a surprisingly strong female character, especially given the 7th century setting. However, the author's stereotyping of her as a fiery Irish woman diminishes an otherwise interesting character.
Perhaps worst of all, Murder by Absolution commits the sin of being a predictable mystery. I knew halfway through the book who had commited the murders.
If you like historic settings for your mysteries, you're better off going elsewhere. My suggestion would be Sharon McCrumb's If I'd Killed Him When I Met Him or her equally intriguing She Walks These Hills.
The King of Northumbria, on learning about Fidelma's position as a dálaigh of the Irish Courts, urges her to bring the murderer to justice. Since rumours are already starting to circulate, no time is to be lost. The country is on the brink of Civil War. Fidelma agrees, and in so doing she accepts the condition imposed by the King of having the crime investigated in conjunction with a representative of the Roman faction, a Saxon by the name of Brother Eadulf. Thus forms one of the most famous partnerships in history for the purpose of solving crimes.Read more ›
Setting it aside to give it the time it deserves was a much better idea! Although initially slow and somewhat bogged down in the finer historical detail, I was soon swept into Sister Fidelma's world where nuns are NOT silent, men of the cloth are not always good, and politics are NEVER petty.
The characters are vivid, but Tremayne never gives away too much so that the "villians" aren't who they appear to be. He tempts the romantic with the introduction of Brother Eadulf but never succumbs to cheap romance or idle folly. The mysterious cultivation of friendship between Fidelma and Eadulf gives the most personal view of the protagonist(s).
The multiple murders keep you guessing to the end. The story picks up speed in the last half and is indeed VERY HARD TO PUT DOWN!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Tremayne's Fidelma mystery series, set in seventh century Ireland, is unique in taking great pains to follow historical reality while developing wonderful plots and teaching a... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Punsky
It's been a while since I read this delightful mystery. If I remember correctly. it is in third person. If you enjoy a period mystery, this is a great series.Published 3 months ago by Lani
I love all of the Sister Fidelma mysteries. I especially like historical mysteries like this, set in another country, in another time, where I can learn about the culture of that... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Rhonda
This book is long on historical details, myriads of probably historically accurately (and therefore unfamiliar to the modern audience) named characters, and arcane theological... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Book Maven
This is an engaging way to learn about early church history in the UK. Great intro to the mysteries featuring Fidelma.Published 6 months ago by Kimberly A. Askren