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December Book of the Month

Nikki and Damien continue in Take Me

I awake to an empty bed and the smell of frying bacon. I roll over to find my phone on the bedside table, then glance at the time. Not yet six. I groan and fall back among the pillows, but I don't really want to go back to sleep. What I want is Damien. I slide out of bed, then grab the tank top and yoga pants I'd left draped across a nearby armchair. I head barefoot out of the bedroom and move the short distance down the hall to the third-floor kitchen. We're standing in Damien's Malibu house, and the wall of windows that faces the ocean is wide open, the glass panels having been thrust aside to let in the breeze. The smell of the ocean mingles with the scent of breakfast and I breathe deep, realizing that I am content. Whatever demons had poked at me during the night, Damien effectively banished them. I glance toward the windows and out at the darkened Pacific. Waves glow white in the fading moonlight as they break upon the shore. There is beauty there, and part of me wants to walk to the balcony and stare out at the roiling, frothing water. But the siren call of the ocean is nothing compared to my desire to see Damien, and so I turn away from the windows and head straight to the kitchen. It is larger than the one in the condo I used to share with my best friend, Jamie, and it is not even the primary kitchen for this house. That is on the first floor, and could easily service a one-hundred-table restaurant. But this - the "small" kitchen - was installed as an adjunct to the open area that serves as a venue for entertaining, and since it is just down the hall from our bedroom, Damien and I have gotten into the habit of cooking our meals and eating in this cozier, more informal area. Usually we're joined by Lady Meow-Meow, the fluffy white cat I took custody over when Jamie moved out. I know Lady M misses Jamie, but she's also enjoying having the run of this huge house, and Gregory - the valet, butler, and all around house-running guy - spoils her rotten. Now I lean against the half wall that marks the break from hallway to kitchen. Damien is standing at the stove cooking an omelette as if he were nothing more than an ordinary guy. Except there is nothing ordinary about Damien Stark. He is grace and power, beauty and heat. He is exceptional, and he has captured me completely. At the moment, he is shirtless, and I cannot help the way my breath stutters as my eyes skim over the defined muscles of his back and his taut, strong arms. Damien's first fortune came not form business, but from his original career as a champion tennis player. Even now, years later, he has both the look and the power of an elite athlete. I let my gaze drift down appreciatively. He is wearing simple gray sweatpants that sit low on his narrow hips and cling to the curves of his perfectly toned ass. Like me, he is barefoot. He looks young and sexy and completely delicious. Yet despite his casual appearance, I can still see the executive. The powerful businessman who harnessed the world, who shifted it to his own liking and made a fortune in the process. He is strength and control. And I am humbled by the knowledge that I am what he values most of all, and that I will spend the rest of my life at his side. "You're staring," he says, his eyes still on the stove. I grin happily, like a child. "I enjoy looking at pretty things." He turns now, and his eyes rake over me, starting at my toes. "So do I," he says when his gaze reaches my face, and there is so much heat in his voice that my legs go weak and my body quivers with want. His mouth curves into a slow, sexy smile, and I am absolutely certain in that moment that I am going to melt. "You spoiled my surprise," he says, then nods toward the breakfast table where a tray sits with a glass bud vase displaying a single, red rose. "Breakfast in bed."

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Penance of the Damned (Sister Fidelma Mysteries Book 27)

Peter Tremayne
Authors:
Peter Tremayne

Sister Fidelma returns in this brand-new 7th-century Irish mystery by Peter Tremayne, acclaimed author of THE DEVIL'S SEAL and THE SECOND DEATH.Ireland, AD 671. King Colgú of Cashel is shocked to learn that his loyal Chief Bishop and advisor has been murdered in the old enemy fortress of the Uí Fidgente. When word reaches Cashel that the culprit will be executed under new law, a larger conflict threatens.Dispatched to investigate, Sister Fidelma and her companion Eadulf discover that the man facing punishment is Gormán - commander of the King's bodyguard. But Fidelma cannot believe Gormán would carry out such an act - and yet he was found locked in a chamber with the body, weapon in hand. The evidence is stacked against him.If they are to save Gormán and keep the peace between the kingdoms, Fidelma and Eadulf must find the true culprit. As the threat of war looms, the date of execution draws ever closer...

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The Lair of the White Fox (A Sister Fidelma e-novella)

Peter Tremayne
Authors:
Peter Tremayne
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The Second Death (Sister Fidelma Mysteries Book 26)

Peter Tremayne
Authors:
Peter Tremayne
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The Spiteful Shadow (A Sister Fidelma e-novella)

Peter Tremayne
Authors:
Peter Tremayne

From Peter Tremayne, highly acclaimed author of THE DEVIL'S SEAL and THE SECOND DEATH, comes a digital short story featuring much-loved Irish super-sleuth Sister Fidelma.PRAISE FOR THE SISTER FIDELMA SERIES: 'The Sister Fidelma books give the readers a rattling good yarn. But more than that, they bring vividly and viscerally to life the fascinating lost world of the Celtic Irish' Ronan BennettWhen Sister Fidelma arrives at the great Abbey of Durrow on a visit to her old mentor Abbot Laisran, she finds the community reeling from an act of murder.One of their membership, Brother Sioda, has been discovered in his cell with multiple stab wounds to the heart. Everyone is certain that the eccentric Sister Scathach, who foretold the event through whisperings from the Otherworld, is responsible.But Sister Fidelma could never accept such an explanation. For sometimes it is the simplest solutions that hide the most unexpected truths . . .*Contains an extract from THE SECOND DEATH, Peter Tremayne's 26th mystery featuring Sister Fidelma*What readers are saying about THE SPITEFUL SHADOW:'Contains all the elements expected of a Sister Fidelma mystery. Sharp and to the point. Excellent''I never tire of reading about Sister Fidelma's adventures''Gripping from beginning to end'

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The Sister Fidelma 20th Anniversary Collection

Peter Tremayne
Authors:
Peter Tremayne

THE SISTER FIDELMA 20th ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION brings together the stunning first three novels in the widely acclaimed Sister Fieldma series. Escape into the evocative world of seventh-century Ireland and the time of the Celts, and join Sister Fidelma on the suspenseful trail of three murder mysteries.ABSOLUTION BY MURDER: It's 664AD and the tension between the Celtic and Roman Churches is at boiling point. There are whispers of assassinations and a string of gruesome deaths. When Abbess Etain, a leading speaker for the Celtic Church, is found murdered, Sister Fidelma is called in to investigate. With the threat of a civil war just around the corner, can the mysteries be solved in time?SHROUD FOR THE ARCHBISHOP: The archbishop designate of Canterbury is found garrotted in Rome's Lateran Palace. With Brother Ronan Ragallach spotted fleeing the scene of the crime, the person responsible appears to have been found. There are rumours, though, that the crime is political and precious treasure has been stolen. It is up to Sister Fidelma to determine whether Brother Ronan is innocent, and prevent a perilous war between the Saxon and Irish kingdoms.SUFFER LITTLE CHILDREN: The Venerable Dacán, beloved scholar of the Celtic Church, is brutally slain on his visit to the Irish Kingdom of Muman. When a neighbouring kingdom demands reparation for Dacán's foul death, bloody war seems imminent. There are sinister forces at work and Sister Fidelma is summoned by Muman's dying king to investigate. Can she solve the mystery and prevent further turmoil?

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The Devil's Seal (Sister Fidelma Mysteries Book 25)

Peter Tremayne
Authors:
Peter Tremayne

When a local Abbess is murdered, Sister Fidelma and her companion Brother Eadulf are called to investigate.An Anglo-Saxon deputation arrives in Cashel to debate the new religious rules from Rome with an Irish delegation. The Abbot of Imleach leads the Irish delegation who are hostile to the new rules, and among the Anglo-Saxon delegation is Brother Eadulf's own younger brother, Egric. There is also an observer appointed from Rome - the Venerable Favorinus.The debate is bad tempered and acrimonious, and local Abbess Dar Óma has to step in as a mediator between the two sides. But that evening her body is discovered, she has been bludgeoned to death.The animosity between the two sides is heightened as the Chief Brehon Aillín accuses young Egric of murder. The Venerable Favorinus counter claims that the murderer is Brother Madagan, who is steward to Abbot of Imleach. Suspicions and tempers run high. With the war of words threatening to spill over into bloodshed, Fidelma is compelled to resolve the mystery as she is sure there is something more sinister behind the murder than religious differences.

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Atonement of Blood (Sister Fidelma Mysteries Book 24)

Peter Tremayne
Authors:
Peter Tremayne
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The Seventh Trumpet (Sister Fidelma Mysteries Book 23)

Peter Tremayne
Authors:
Peter Tremayne
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Behold A Pale Horse (Sister Fidelma Mysteries Book 22)

Peter Tremayne
Authors:
Peter Tremayne

Filled with murder and conspiracy, BEHOLD A PALE HORSE is the brilliant twenty-second novel in the gripping Sister Fidelma series by the internationally bestselling author Peter Tremayne.PRAISE FOR THE SISTER FIDELMA SERIES: 'A compulsive readable whodunit fronted by one of the most reliably intriguing characters to grace the pages of the genre' BooklistAD 664: Sister Fidelma finds herself in the seaport of Genua, en route from Rome back to her native Cashel. Her old teacher, Brother Ruadán, lies dying in the abbey of Bobium - an isolated abbey in a disturbed country where even the Christians are in bloody conflict with one another and the worship of the pagan gods often prevails. Fidelma is determined to see Brother Ruadán before he dies. But from the moment she enters the beautiful valley of the Trebbia, there is danger on every side. Her dying teacher's last words send her off on her most dangerous adventure where murder follows murder and a vicious civil war threatens before an extraordinary conspiracy is revealed. And from the start, Fidelma is on her own...What readers are saying about BEHOLD A PALE HORSE:'Buy it, light the fire and resign yourself that once you start, you won't be able to set it down''Tremayne is one of those very few historical mystery writers who can perplex and bewilder. He weaves the twisty plots into a complex historical narrative''7th century hopes and fears brought to life in the 21st century. Another world comes alive'

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Behold A Pale Horse

Peter Tremayne
Authors:
Peter Tremayne

The brilliant new novel by the internationally bestselling author of the Sister Fidelma mystery series.AD 664: Sister Fidelma finds herself in the seaport of Genua, en route from Rome back to her native Cashel. Her old teacher, Brother Ruadán, lies dying in the abbey of Bobium - an isolated abbey in a disturbed country where even the Christians are in bloody conflict with one another and the worship of the pagan gods often prevails. Fidelma is determined to see Brother Ruadán before he dies. But from the moment she enters the beautiful valley of the Trebbia, there is danger on every side. Her dying teacher's last words send her off on her most dangerous adventure where murder follows murder and a vicious civil war threatens before an extraordinary conspiracy is revealed. And from the start, Fidelma is on her own...

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The Dove of Death (Sister Fidelma Mysteries Book 20)

Peter Tremayne
Authors:
Peter Tremayne

Super sleuth Sister Fidelma returns in the twentieth historical mystery by Peter Tremayne, acclaimed author of THE COUNCIL OF THE CURSED, DANCING WITH DEMONS and many more.PRAISE FOR THE SISTER FIDELMA SERIES: 'Tremayne's super-sleuth is a vibrant creation' Morgan Llywelyn, 'A brilliant and beguiling heroine. Immensely appealing' Publishers Weekly AD 670. An Irish merchant ship is attacked by a pirate vessel off the coast of the Breton peninsular. Murchad, the captain, and a prince from the kingdom of Muman, are killed in cold blood after they have surrendered. Among the other passengers who manage to escape the slaughter are Sister Fidelma of Cashel and her faithful companion, Brother Eadulf. The prince was Fidelma's cousin and she is determined to bring the killers to justice...What readers are saying about THE DOVE OF DEATH:'Sister Fidelma makes ancient Ireland come alive''Yet another sure-fire winner in this long-running Irish series''Once again Peter Tremayne weaves a brilliant murder mystery in another story from ancient Ireland that keeps you spell bound until the very end'

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Whispers of the Dead (Sister Fidelma Mysteries Book 15)

Peter Tremayne
Authors:
Peter Tremayne
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Hemlock at Vespers (Sister Fidelma Mysteries Book 9)

Peter Tremayne
Authors:
Peter Tremayne
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Act of Mercy (Sister Fidelma Mysteries Book 8)

Peter Tremayne
Authors:
Peter Tremayne
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The Monk who Vanished (Sister Fidelma Mysteries Book 7)

Peter Tremayne
Authors:
Peter Tremayne
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Valley of the Shadow (Sister Fidelma Mysteries Book 6)

Peter Tremayne
Authors:
Peter Tremayne
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The Spider's Web (Sister Fidelma Mysteries Book 5)

Peter Tremayne
Authors:
Peter Tremayne

Irish super-sleuth Sister Fidelma is faced with a challenging and disturbing case to investigate in THE SPIDER'S WEB, Peter Tremayne's fifth unputdownable Celtic mystery. PRAISE FOR THE SISTER FIDELMA SERIES: 'The background detail is brilliantly defined . . . wonderfully evocative' The Times, 'A brilliant and beguiling heroine. Immensely appealing' Publishers Weekly Ebert is not a man to make enemies. He is a chieftain with a reputation for kindliness and generosity. Yet, one night, his household is aroused by a scream from his chamber. The servants burst in to find Móen, a young man to whom Eber had extended his protection, crouched over the bloody body of the chieftain. Móen's clothes are drenched in Eber's blood and he is clutching a bloodstained knife in his hand.There seems no doubt of culpability, but why did Móen kill the gentle and courteous Eber? The problem is exacerbated by the fact that Móen himself cannot tell them - for he is deaf, dumb and blind...Sister Fidelma, advocate of the ancient Irish law courts, is compelled to begin an investigation of the killing in order to present an argument on Móen's behalf before he is condemned. Assisted by Brother Eadulf, Fidelma finds that the path to truth twists and turns with the sinister forces of primitive passions and subtle ambitions - and leads inexorably to a final, stunning denouement.What readers are saying about THE SPIDER'S WEB:'Another great read, full of interesting insight into the times, the prejudices and superstitions, whilst playing out the complex details of the plot''Peter Tremayne has woven a very clever story with as many paths as the web of a spider. Beautiful''The Sister Fidelma mysteries are absolutely the best'

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The Subtle Serpent (Sister Fidelma Mysteries Book 4)

Peter Tremayne
Authors:
Peter Tremayne
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Suffer Little Children (Sister Fidelma Mysteries Book 3)

Peter Tremayne
Authors:
Peter Tremayne

Sister Fidelma follows a trail that is as suspenseful as it is tortuous in the riveting third novel in Peter Tremayne's unputdownable series. PRAISE FOR THE SISTER FIDELMA SERIES: 'Tremayne's super-sleuth is a vibrant creation' Morgan Llywelyn, 'A brilliant and beguiling heroine. Immensely appealing' Publishers Weekly In the mid-7th Century AD, the Venerable Dacán, a much respected and beloved scholar of the Celtic Church, has been found murdered while on a visit to a remote abbey in the Irish Kingdom of Muman. When Dacán's foul death is used by a neighbouring kingdom to demand reparation from Muman, bloody war seems imminent. Summoned by Muman's dying king to investigate, Sister Fidelma is asked to solve the mystery of the brutal killing and by doing so to prevent the inevitable war breaking out between the two opposing kingdoms. She sets out for the remote abbey with a warrior named Cass - and very little time. But there are more sinister forces at work behind Dacán's death than just political intrigue... What readers are saying about SUFFER LITTLE CHILDREN:'Great storyline and great insight into the role of women''An excellent mystery in this brilliant series''Sister Fidelma is pushed hard to expose the guilty, halt a conspiracy and stop a war. Prepare for a real twist!'

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Shroud for the Archbishop (Sister Fidelma Mysteries Book 2)

Peter Tremayne
Authors:
Peter Tremayne