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Wighard, archbishop designate of Canterbury, has been discovered garrotted in his chambers in the Lateran Palace in Rome in the autumn of AD 664. The solution to this terrible crime appears simple, as the palace guards have arrested Brother Ronan Ragallach as he fled from Wighard's chamber. Although the Irish monk denies responsibility, Bishop Gelasius is convinced the crime is political and that Wighard was slain in pique at the triumph of the pro-Roman Anglo-Saxon clergy in their debate with the pro-Columba Irish clergy at Whitby. There is also a matter of missing treasure: the goodwill gifts Wighad had brought with him to Rome and the priceless chalices sent for the Holy Father Vitalian's blessings have all been stolen. Bishop Gelasius realizes that Wighard's murder could lead to war between the Saxon and Irish kingdoms if Ronan is accused without independent evidence. So he invites Sister Fidelma of Kildare and Brother Eadulf to investigate. But more deaths must follow before Fidelma is finally able to put together the strange jigsaw in this tale of evil and vengeance.

©1995 Peter Tremayne (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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meh...

Ok storyline. Narrator was good, but hard for me to casually listen to and understand. It was a turn up the volume and concentrate to distinguish words. Male narrators work better for me, or Davina Porter.

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Fascinating!

Great story read perfectly - I am engaged throughout the entire telling of the story. Wonderful narration and gripping plot. Unexpected twists and turns.

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Sister Fidelma is my new addiction

Sister Fidelma joins the ranks of Sherlock Holmes, Isaac Bell and Annja Creed of stories I can't get enough of. I admit that I was baffled right up to the end, and I really hoped that it was the mean abbess instead of the ######. ;-) I love Caroline Lennon's voicing the tale, and more than anything, I love Fidelma's honest appraisal of the Church of Rome, and it's way of doing things, as opposed to the simple and direct faith of the church of Columbus Cille. We'll done, and on to Book 3!

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Formulaic

If this was the first book in this series I would have given it more