by Peter Tremayne
Smoke in the Wind
St. Martin's Minotaur, July, 2003.
Hardcover, 267 pages.
Sister Fidelma is on the case again, to the delight of historical mystery fans. The titian-haired sister of the King of Muman, religieuse and advocate of the Brehon courts of 7th century Ireland is traveling with her companion Brother Eadulf to visit the new archbishop of Canterbury. But their ship is blown severely off course due to an unexpected storm and the duo end up in Dyfed, in what is now South Wales. Brother Eadulf is a Saxon and the Saxons are much hated in that part of the world. Nevertheless, he and Fidelma agree to investigate a mystery when requested by the local king. The inhabitants of an entire monastery have vanished, seemingly into thin air. Locally, a young girl has been raped and murdered. But the young man accused of the crime appears innocent to Sister Fidelma. But when Fidelma begins voicing her views, both she and Brother Eadulf find themselves in some very serious danger indeed.
Peter Tremayne keeps the suspense high in this latest adventure in the popular historical mystery series. Tremayne brings the 7th century alive, with all its clashes of culture, religion and politics. Sister Fidelma is as feisty as ever, and the plot is a brain-teasing puzzle that will challenge your intellect.
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This review was published in the November-December, 2003 of The Internet Writing Journal.
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