Act of Mercy (Sister Fidelma Mysteries Book 8)
A page-turning Celtic mystery filled with chilling twists
By Peter Tremayne
ACT OF MERCY is the eighth gripping mystery in Peter Tremayne's extraordinary series featuring 7th-century Irish super-sleuth Sister Fidelma
Super sleuth Sister Fidelma returns in the eighth historical mystery by Peter Tremayne, acclaimed author of THE MONK WHO VANISHED, VALLEY OF THE SHADOW and many more.
PRAISE FOR ACT OF MERCY: 'Wonderfully evocative' The Times
When Sister Fidelma sets out on a pilgrimage in the autumn of AD 666, her main preoccupation is to reflect on her commitment to the religious life and her relationship with the Saxon monk, Eadulf, whom she has left behind. Complications arise during the first night on the ship when one of the pilgrims is apparently washed overboard. The discovery of a blood-stained robe raises the question of murder and Fidelma finds herself having to focus all her abilities on solving the mystery. Death dogs the tiny band of pilgrims in the close confines of the ship, but is not until the Holy Shrine is almost reached that the amazing truth is uncovered...
What readers are saying about ACT OF MERCY:
'I never tire of reading about the escapades of this very self-opinionated young woman and her interactions with some very strange characters! Another great read!'
'So many twists I could not put it down! Pilgrims and pirates - Fidelma has trouble finding the truth'
'An intriguing glimpse of Fidelma's interior life and past'
Peter Tremayne is the fiction pseudonym of Peter Berresford Ellis, an authority on the ancient Celts, who has used his knowledge of the Brehon law system and 7th-Century Irish society to create a new concept in detective fiction.
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04 May 2000
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The background detail is brilliantly defined... Wonderfully evocative — THE TIMES
'The background detail is brilliantly defined... Wonderfully evocative' The Times
'Crammed with interesting snippets of information that give the characters a credence. His style is racy, his dialogue sharp' Historical Novel Review
'Sister Fidelma is fast becoming a world ambassador of ancient Irish culture' Irish Post
'Definitely an Ellis Peters competitor...the background detail is marvellous' Evening Standard
'A triumph! Plenty of red herrings, plots and sub-plots...He succeeds in bringing the ancient world to life...The novels are admirable' Mike Ashley, Mystery Scene
'A heroine whom many readers will willingly follow' Kirkus Reviews
'One of the most interesting sleuths to come on the scene in recent years' Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine
'I believe I have a tendresse for Sister Fidelma. Ingeniously plotted...subtly paced...written with conviction, a feel for the time, and a chilly air of period authenticity. A series to cultivate' Jack Adrian
Crammed with interesting snippets of information that give the characters a credence. His style is racy, his dialogue sharp — HISTORICAL NOVEL REVIEW