Absolution by Murder

Absolution by MurderABSOLUTION BY MURDER Is The Brilliant And Evocative First Novel In Peter Tremayne S Sister Fidelma Series, Bringing 7th Century Ireland Vividly To Life.PRAISE FOR ABSOLUTION BY MURDER In The Simultaneously Sharp Tongued And Full Womanly Figure Of Sister Fidelma, Tremayne Has Created A Heroine Whom Many Readers Will Willingly Follow Even Brother Cadfael Might Have Tolerated Her Kirkus Reviews As The Leading Churchmen And Women Gather At The Synod Of Whitby In 664AD To Debate The Rival Merits Of The Celtic And Roman Churches, Tempers Begin To Fray Conspirators Plot An Assassination, While Mysterious, Violent Death Stalks The Shadowy Cloisters Of The Abbey Of St Hilda When The Abbess Etain, A Leading Speaker For The Celtic Church, Is Found Murdered Suspicion Inevitably Rests On The Roman Faction.Attending The Synod Is Fidelma, Of The Community Of St Brigid Of Kildare As An Advocate Of The Brehon Court, She Is Called On To Investigate The Murder With Brother Eadulf, Of The Roman Faction However, The Two Are So Unlike That Their Partnership Is Described As That Of A Wolf And A Fox But Which Is Which More Gruesome Deaths Follow And The Friction Among The Clerics Could End In Civil War Can The Solution To The Mysteries Avert Such A Conflict What Readers Are Saying About ABSOLUTION OF MURDER Superb Storytelling From A Usually Neglected Era Read This And You Will Certainly Want To Read The Rest Of This Excellent Series I Was Transported Back In Time Peter Tremayne Brought The Location And Characters To Life The Story Moves Forward With Fidelma Weaving Her Way Through To The End With Skill And Intelligence Well Worth Reading No wild beasts are so cruel as the Christians in their dealings with each other Ammianus Marcellinus, c AD 330 95The mid 7th century was a time of many conflicts, both religious and political Although Europe was becoming universally Christian, there were conflicts between Rome and other factions In this novel, the leaders of the Celtic Church of Ireland and the leaders of the Church of Rome meet in the land of the Saxons for a synod to clear up some points of contention.On the opening day of the synod, an Abbess on the Columbra side Iona, Ireland, and other Celtic nations is murdered She was well known for her oratory skills and the synod was nearly derailed at this point as rumours began to break out that it was a power play by the Rome delegation, or the attempt to make it look like one by the Columbra delegation.Oswy, the King could see not just the disintegration of the synod, but also the possibility of this being used as a political power play to destroy his hard earned kingdom Abbess Hilda and King Oswy requested Sister Fidelma s assistance to discover the murderer The King also imposed the condition that Sister Fidelma work together with Brother Eadulf of the Saxons.So, why would Sister Fidelma be asked by such high ranking people to sort this mess out Some background information might help here During this time, and for a few centuries prior and later, under Brehon Law, women had rights and protection than any
What to label Absolution by Murder Celtic propaganda A hit piece on ancient Angle, Saxon and Roman cultures A theological and philosophical debate A sexless romance novel A murder mystery Actually, it s a bit of everything rolled into a 272 page book There s much to love and loathe in this first installment of the Sister Fidelma series of historical mysteries.I took away plenty from the book First and foremost, I learned that Tremayne, as a scholar of all things Irish, loves ancient Irish culture and Celtic Christianity, and finds Angles, Saxons, and Roman theology lacking While the Irish bathe regularly, the bath averse Saxons must cover their gag inducing body odor with overwhelming clouds of incense While the enlightened Celts practice restorative forms of justice, the barbaric Saxons prefer stoning, hanging, flogging, and other forms of torture While the well balanced Celtic faith allows their religious to marry, the prudish Romans force the unnatural condition of celibacy on their monastics While the evolved Celts allow women to take on positions of leadership in the political and religious realms, the patriarchal Saxons seem to relish finding as many ways as possible to belittle women Tremayne bludgeons readers brains continuously with his learned brand of cultural elitism While I may agree with most of his preferences for how the world should work, I found his proselytizing tone extremely annoying at times.Then there s Tremayne s
The author wants us readers to know everything about the 7th century He leaves no name unmentioned which is very distracting in the beginning In the second half of the book there s room for the story, which I enjoyed. This is the first a eighteen books in this series They are historical mysteries set in Ireland in the mid seventh century AD Sister Fidelma is the protagonist She is a religieuse and a qualified dalaigh in other words a lawyer in that system of law Tremayne is an excellant writer and an Irish historian, one of the best As well as th
hmmmlooked interesting at the library and since I do love Cadfael and miss Ellis Peters , I was willing to give it a shot I m glad a few other readers let me know that the writing style has its hiccupsbut I have to admit, finding it a really hard slog The main character is interesting but the author had decided we need to know everything he knows, instead of dropping in just enough historical detail for background and to let me the reader explore it too I keep going not sure why hope for something better but find myself scanning and mentally editing paragraphs to see what would make it smoother to readthat s not the most fun Plus, this might be the edition I m reading, but the dialogue set up somehow makes it very hard to tell who s speaking And since every character seems to expound the same kind of details, you can t even tell by what they re saying Maybe when I get to the end, I ll believe it s worth itI hopeWell,
It was ok I am willing to give Tremayne the benefit of the doubt and just assume he hadn t yet quite figured out his fiction voice yet, since this WAS the first fiction book he d written His history books are better, and he is clearly comfortable with that genre since he was simply unable to refrain from adding in somewhat irrelevant historical facts to this book It wasn t terrible, just not very good I think he also needs a better editor I found numerous grammatical errors, and a few times he would use one word when clearly he meant a different word, like using indifferent instead of diffident And his characters grimaced a lot So his fictional writing style needs some polishing It was a predictable plot as well I figured out who did it almost first thing, and it was confirmed in the immediate aftermath of Etain s murder I
Great setting, and a time and place I knew next to nothing about It was fun to hear the echoes of How the Irish Saved Civilization And it s a fairly competent mystery although the minor characters are cutouts, and like others I suspected the perp all along, I didn t really put it together until the denouement But I agree with other two and three star reviewers The stylistic problems in Tremayne s prose are distracting, given the high quality of others in the genre For example he loses his grip on the point of view character, shifting haphazardly and unnecessarily from one to another It would be better to stick with Sister Fidelma Therefore you can t see the set of her mouth or the oh, not again flash of her green of course eyes Description is weak as well For this period we need the sounds and smells of the place It s too little too late, in the second half, to know that the kitchen smells of rotten cabbage Except
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 palatabl
The first 50 pages were extremely challenging I picked up this detective novel featuring a female detective really, a nun lawyer , expecting escapist literature Tremayne makes some demands on the reader by setting this mystery in 7th C Northumbria during a meeting between Roman influence Catholics and Irish influenced Catholics of Britannia An historian by training, Tremayne gives a lot of background about people from various backgrounds Irish, Saxon, Franks, Picts, Romans and various religious orders and various political alliances in order to set the stage But once he set the stage and the murder takes place, then I was engaged and didn t have to force myself to plod on It was a wonderful read once I accepted the author s demands and gave up my expectation of a fluff read I looked up geography, architecture, church history, etc online as I read It took me days longer to read, but I was enriched by the process I believe that his subsequent novels will be easier to read now tha
My first of, hopefully, many Sister Fidelma books What a revelation Not only is the mystery well written, although I had my suspicions all along , I learned even about the Christian church in ancient Ireland and the politics and life in Britain as well I found the fact of the Dark Ages was actually the Age of Enlightenment in Ireland and the lingering influence of the Roman Empire through the C

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  • Paperback
  • 274 pages
  • Absolution by Murder
  • Peter Tremayne
  • English
  • 03 October 2018
  • 9780747246022