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In the year 666 A.D., a headless female corpse is found in the drinking well of a remote abbey in southwest Ireland: clasped in one hand is a crucifix; tied to the other arm is a pagan death symbol. Sister Fidelma--sister to the king of Muman, a religieuse, and an advocate of the Brehon law courts--is sent to investigate. En route, she encounters a Gaulish merchant ship under full sail off the Irish coast--one whose crew and cargo have vanished without a trace.Faced with a tense local situation, Fidelma must discover first the identity of the body in the well and uncover who was responsible, then find out what happened to the missing crew of the adrift merchant ship, and, finally, determine how these bizarre events are connected. For these events are more than simply disturbing - the peace of the entire kingdom rests upon their solution.

©1996 Peter Tremayne (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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Wooden serpent

The plot was fine. I enjoy the history and descriptions. perhaps Fidelma even seems less of Cartoon... her introduction in each book seems like it's the same paragraph. But it is the lack of depth in the characters that I realize bothers me. "Spoiler alert " : The reunification of Fidelma and Aedolf seemed a great opportunity for something powerful to happen but it really doesn't.

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Great listening material

So glad to have found this series! Comparable to the Father Cadfael series. Excellent listening.

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Superb

Peter Tremayne is a superb crafter of stories and this book is pure delight. Excellently read as well...couldn't put it down!