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Shroud for the Archbishop

A Sister Fidelma Mystery
Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
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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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Good mystery, story telling a bit wooden

Overall, I enjoy the Sister Fidelma series. This is the second book in the series, set in the seventh century and following the mystery solving Irish religious Sister Fidelma and her sidekick and amour, the Saxon Brother Eadulf. The author is Peter Berresford Ellis (writing under the name Peter Tremayne) who is a noted British historian and he includes some great historical details. This mystery was well thought out. I had an inkling of who the guilty parties might be, but the story was still good. The plot doesn’t drag but keeps a good pace. There are a few things I don’t like so much. Tremayne doesn’t seem to be a natural storyteller and so the plot is not nearly as smooth as say a Steven Saylor or Ruth Downie novel. Tremayne’s storytelling feels a bit wooden. Tremayne also tends to have very black and white characters and sides, often representing causes he feels strongly about. So Fidelma and Irish church are all good, and seem like progressive Episcopalians from the 1990s transported back to the seventh century. The Romans and Saxons are often the bad, corrupt, money-hungry conservatives. It would be nice to have a bit more complexity. I also find Sister Fidelma to be a bit pedantic and uptight. Tremayne tries too hard to make her the feminist superwoman - I think she’d be a more likable character if she had some foibles. All in all though, my criticisms are minor and this is a book well worth a read.

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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