Absolution by Murder

Absolution by Murder

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Baker & Taylor
In A.D. 664, when someone murders the Abbess Etain during the synod between the Roman and Celtic churches, Sister Edelma of the Celtic Church and Brother Eadulf of the Roman must find the killer and prevent civil war.

Blackwell North Amer
In A.D. 664, King Oswy of Northumbria has convened a synod at Whitby to hear debate between the Roman and Celtic Christian churches and decide which shall be granted primacy in his kingdom. At stake is much more than a few disputed points of ritual; Oswy's decision could affect the survival of either church in the Saxon kingdoms.
When the Abbess Etain, a leading speaker for the Celtic church, is found murdered, suspicion falls upon the Roman faction. In order to diffuse the tensions that threaten to erupt into civil war, Oswy turns to Sister Fidelma of the Celtic Church (Irish and an advocate for the Brehon Court) and Brother Eadulf of the Roman church (from east Anglia and of a family of hereditary magistrates) to find the killer. But as further murders occur and a treasonous plot against Oswy matures, Fidelma and Eadulf soon find themselves running out of time.

Baker
& Taylor

In A.D. 664, when someone murders the Abbess Etain during the synod between the Roman and Celtic churches, Sister Fidelma of the Celtic Church and Brother Eadulf of the Roman church must find the killer and prevent civil war

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 1996
ISBN: 9780312139186
0312139187
Branch Call Number: MYS Tremayne, P 100.1 1996
Characteristics: xii, 274 pages ; 22 cm

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Jun 06, 2014

I thought it was about time I tried this series as it's been on my to be read for over a year.
I am a big fan of medieval mysteries and this is well on it's way to being a favorite just from the first book.

When the Celtic and Roman Church followers gather in Whitby to try and iron out their differences, the tension is palatable. When Abbess Etain is found murdered before she can speak for the Celtic church the tensions rise to an almost unbearable level and King Oswy turns to Irish lawyer Sister Fidelma and Saxon Brother Eadulf to find the murderer before the gathering dissolves into a war.

The feisty Sister Fidelma is no doubt the best part of this story for me. The church politics, ocean side castle setting and Brother Eadulf were just icing on the cake for this ancient Irish murder mystery.

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