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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 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 ›
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.
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This is the first Sister Fidelma mystery...I've read most of the other's, so it was nice to learn the history that I didn't know. Read morePublished 2 months ago by DragonflyDebbi
If you love historical mysteries with strong woman characters, you'll love this book and the whole series! Read morePublished 4 months ago by TRafael
Started this series not sure what to expect, but quickly became hooked! Very engaging writing with interesting historical references that add to the story and the characters. Read morePublished 5 months ago by artzgrl
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 7 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 9 months ago by Lani