Sister Fidelma

26 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 1,619 ratings

Absolution by Murder Publisher's Summary

In AD 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.

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  • Book 1

    • Absolution by Murder

    • A Sister Fidelma Mystery
    • By: Peter Tremayne
    • Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
    • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 294
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 267
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 268

    In AD 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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Interesting new (for me) series & great narrator!

    • By Yvette on 02-27-15

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 2

    • Shroud for the Archbishop

    • A Sister Fidelma Mystery
    • By: Peter Tremayne
    • Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
    • Length: 11 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 129
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 121
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 121

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • meh...

    • By Jana L. Kane on 12-21-15

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  • Book 3

    • Suffer Little Children

    • A Sister Fidelma Mystery
    • By: Peter Tremayne
    • Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
    • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 89
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 84
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 84

    In AD 644, the Venerable Dacan, a respected scholar of the Celtic Church, is murdered while on a visit to the Abbey of Ros Ailithir in the Irish Kingdom of Muman. Dacan, unfortunately, was the close confidant of the hotheaded young king of the neighboring kingdom of Fearna, who is using Dacan's murder as an excuse to provoke war.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Love this series

    • By Carolsue Haney on 05-02-15

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  • Book 4

    • The Subtle Serpent

    • A Celtic Mystery
    • By: Peter Tremayne
    • Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
    • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 79
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 79
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 79

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Wooden serpent

    • By D. Kitchel on 05-06-18

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  • Book 5

    • The Spider's Web

    • A Sister Fidelma Mystery of Ancient Ireland
    • By: Peter Tremayne
    • Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
    • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 66
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 63
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 64

    In the spring of AD 666, Sister Fidelma is summoned to the small Irish village of Araglin. An advocate of the Brehon law courts as well as a religieuse, she is to investigate the murder of the local chieftain. While she is traveling there with her friend, Brother Eadulf, a band of brigands attacks the roadside hostel in which they are staying and attempts to burn them out. While Fidelman and Eadulf manage to beat back their attackers, this incident is only the first in a series that troubles them.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Caught in the Web

    • By Underfoot on 07-30-18

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  • Book 6

    • Valley of the Shadow

    • A Sister Fidelma Mystery of Ancient Ireland
    • By: Peter Tremayne
    • Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
    • Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 56
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 53
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 53

    In Ireland of AD 666, Sister Fidelma is sent by her brother, Colgu of Cashel, the king of Muman, to the remote valley of Gleann Geis, whose inhabitants still adhere to the ancient Druidic ways. Her mission is to negotiate with the chieftain, Laisre, for permission to build a Christian church and school in his territory. Fidelma's task won't be an easy one, though, as Laisre's clan is known for its hostility to the new religion and fierce adherence to the old.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Historic details, Gripping plot

    • By Cheryl on 07-02-17

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  • Book 7

    • The Monk Who Vanished

    • A Sister Fidelma Mystery of Ancient Ireland
    • By: Peter Tremayne
    • Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
    • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 50
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 47
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 45

    In September of AD 666, an aged monk and a set of relics disappear during the night from the Abbey of Imleach. The missing monk is a matter of great concern for the abbey. But the relics are a disaster of a much higher order. They are the priceless holy relics of St. Ailbe, the man who, in the fifth century, brought Christianity to the Irish kingdom of Muman, converted and baptized its king, and founded the abbey. The relics are the political symbol of the entire kingdom, and their disappearance threatens to disrupt its continued peace and stability.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • IT'S GOOD!

    • By Elvira Segura on 06-01-16

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  • Book 8

    • Act of Mercy

    • A Sister Fidelma Mystery of Ancient Ireland
    • By: Peter Tremayne
    • Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
    • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 52
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 50
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 49

    In the late autumn of AD 666, Fidelma of Cashel - an advocate of the Brehon courts, sister to the king of Cashel, and religieuse of the Celtic Church - is at a crossroads. Needing to reflect upon her commitment to the religious life and her relationship to the Saxon monk Eadulf, she leaves Eadulf behind and joins a small band sailing from Ireland on a pilgrimage to the shrine of St. James in modern-day Spain.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Sometimes our heros are only human...

    • By H Daisy on 03-30-15

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  • Book 9

    • Hemlock at Vespers

    • A Sister Fidelma Mystery of Ancient Ireland
    • By: Peter Tremayne
    • Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
    • Length: 16 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 35
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35

    Sister Fidelma - an Eognacht princess and sister to the king of Cashel, a religieuse of the Celtic Church and an advocate of the Brehornn court-is one of the most interesting and compelling figures in contemporary mystery fiction. In this collection of short mysteries, Tremayne fills in many of the background details of Fidelma and seventh-century Ireland not found in the novels, and weaves his always-beguiling mix of history and mystery.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Lots of Sister Fidelma.

    • By H Daisy on 04-04-15

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  • Book 10

    • Our Lady of Darkness

    • A Sister Fidelma Mystery of Ancient Ireland
    • By: Peter Tremayne
    • Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
    • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 54
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 52
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 52

    In mid-seventh-century Ireland, Sister Fidelma of Cashel-sister to the King of Muman, an advocate of Brehon Courts, and religieuse of the Celtic Church-returns hastily from a pilgrimage to the Shrine of St. James. The news that brings her back is that her companion and friend, the Saxon monk Brother Eadulf, is under arrest for a serious crime in the neighboring kingdom of Laigin. Riding furiously through hostile territory, she arrives only to find out she is too late.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I love this series!

    • By H Daisy on 04-06-15

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  • Book 11

    • Smoke in the Wind

    • A Sister Fidelma Mystery of Ancient Ireland
    • By: Peter Tremayne
    • Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
    • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 54
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 54
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 54

    In seventh-century Ireland, then the light of reason in a darkening world, Fidelma - a religious, advocate of the Brehon courts and sister to the king of Muman - is an increasingly notable figure often called upon for her wisdom, legal knowledge, and devotion to the truth. While journeying with companion Eadulf to visit the new archbishop of Canterbury, their ship is blown badly off course, and the pair find themselves on the coast of modern Wales, in the kingdom of Dyfed.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great glimpse of 7th-century history

    • By Christy on 05-17-15

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  • Book 12

    • The Haunted Abbot

    • A Sister Fidelma Mystery of Ancient Ireland
    • By: Peter Tremayne
    • Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
    • Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 52
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 51
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 50

    In December of 666 A.D., Fidelma of Cashel and her companion Brother Eadulf, having completed their business with the Archbishop of Canterbury, make one final journey before returning to Ireland. At the insistence of Brother Botulf, a childhood friend of Eadulf, they detour from their trip to Eadulf's home village and make their way to Aldred's Abbey. Arriving at midnight on the night of the old pagan festival of Yule, as requested, they find Botulf's dead body - his head caved in by a blunt instrument.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Good series, Excellent narration

    • By Kathi on 02-25-15

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  • Book 13

    • Badger's Moon

    • A Sister Fidelma Mystery of Ancient Ireland
    • By: Peter Tremayne
    • Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
    • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 44
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 43
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 43

    In October of 667 A.D., Fidelma of Cashel - sister to the one of kings of Ireland, a religieuse of the Celtic Church, and an advocate of the Brehon courts - is struggling with her most challenging role yet, that of mother to her infant son Alchu. So it is with mixed feelings that she receives the summons from Abbot Brogan. There have been a series of shocking murders that have terrorized the villagers near the Abbey of Finbarr; three young girls have been violently slaughtered...

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  • Book 14

    • The Leper's Bell

    • A Sister Fidelma Mystery of Ancient Ireland
    • By: Peter Tremayne
    • Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
    • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 55
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 54
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 54

    In November of AD 667, Fidelma of Cashel has returned home to her brother's castle to discover that a servant, her son's nurse, has been found brutally murdered in the woods near town, and her son is missing, presumed kidnapped or worse. Sister Fidelma, sister to king of Muman in Ireland, an advocate of the Brehon courts, and a religieuse of the Celtic Church, and her husband, Brother Eadulf, now must face their most personal and baffling case ever. Is there a traitor at her brother's court?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Absorbing Mystery

    • By Kari on 08-06-18

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  • Book 15

    • Whispers of the Dead

    • A Mystery of Ancient Ireland
    • By: Peter Tremayne
    • Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
    • Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32

    Fidelma of Cashel - sister to the king of Muman, a religieuse of the Celtic Church, and an advocate of the Brehon courts - returns in this new collection of fifteen tales. These stories of murder, mayhem, and mystery are not merely spellbinders but also provide insight into the ways and mores of the complex, fascinating society of seventh-century Ireland as well as heretofore unrevealed background details of Fidelma herself.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • wonderfully crafted short stories.

    • By Sarah on 10-14-15

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  • Book 16

    • Master of Souls

    • A Mystery of Ancient Ireland
    • By: Peter Tremayne
    • Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
    • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 48
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 46
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 46

    In January of 668 A.D., Fidelma of Cashel - sister to the king of Muman, advocate of the Brehon law courts and religieuse in the Celtic Church - is called to investigate the brutal murder of Abbess Faife and the mysterious disappearance of six young female religieuse while away on a short pilgrimage away from their abbey. But when Fidelma and her husband, Eadulf, arrive, they are confronted with another violent murder under mysterious circumstances.

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  • Book 17

    • A Prayer for the Damned

    • A Sister Fidelma Mystery of Ancient Ireland
    • By: Peter Tremayne
    • Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
    • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 49
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 48
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 48

    In February of AD 668, Fidelma of Cashel and her companion, Eadulf, are about to get permanently married. As the sister to the king of Muman, Fidelma's marriage ceremony is a major event; the high king of Ireland as well as other kings and major figures are going to be in attendance. On the eve of the ceremony, the fanatical and much disliked Abbot Ultan is found murdered in his chamber, and one of the distinguished guests, the king of Connacht, is accused of the crime.

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  • Book 18

    • Dancing with Demons

    • A Mystery of Ancient Ireland
    • By: Peter Tremayne
    • Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
    • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 46
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 46
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 46

    In the late 7th Century, the High King of Ireland is killed at night in the middle of his compound. Who killed him is not in question - there are unimpeachable witnesses that point directly to the clan chieftain responsible. Dubh Duin is, after all, found by the High King's guards in the High King's bed chamber holding the murder weapon. But with impending civil war in the balance, the motive for the murder becomes of paramount importance.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another great Fidelma mystery

    • By Alison M Emmons on 08-06-18

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  • Book 19

    • The Council of the Cursed

    • A Sister Fidelma Mystery of Ancient Ireland
    • By: Peter Tremayne
    • Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
    • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 45
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 45
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 44

    In AD 670 Fidelma of Cashel is asked to act as an advisor to the Irish delegation to a church council hostile to the Celtic Church. In an abbey in Burgundy, Bishop Leodegar of Autun has assembled church leaders from all over Western Europe - an assembly that soon descends into chaos. That night one of the delegates is found murdered, his skull crushed, and Fidelma and her companion, Brother Eadulf, are suddenly in the midst of a murder investigation involving some of the most power religious leaders.

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  • Book 20

    • The Dove of Death

    • A Mystery of Ancient Ireland
    • By: Peter Tremayne
    • Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
    • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 47
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 44
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 45

    In A.D. 670, an Irish merchant ship is attacked by a pirate vessel off the southern coast of the Breton peninsula. Merchad, the ship's captain, and Bressal, a prince from the Irish kingdom of Muman, are killed in cold blood after they have surrendered. Among the other passengers who manage to escape the slaughter are Fidelma of Cashel and her faithful companion, Brother Eadulf.

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