The Second Death

The Second Death

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Ireland, AD 671. The Great Fair of Bealtain is almost upon the fortress of Cashel, and a line of painted wagons carries entertainers to mark the occasion. But preparations take a deathly turn when one of the carriages is set alight, and two corpses are found, lying poisoned, within. As Sister Fidelma and her companion, Eadulf, investigate, they are quickly plunged into the menacing marshlands of Osraige - where the bloody origin of the Abbey of Cainnech is wreaking his revenge. What is the symbolism of the Golden Stone, and who are the mysterious members of the Fellowship of the Raven? Fidelma and Eadulf must face untold mortal danger before they can untangle the evil that strikes at the very heart of the kingdom.
Publisher: London : Headline, 2015.
ISBN: 9781472208354
Characteristics: 337 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.


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Mar 27, 2019

Fidelma and her husband, Eadulf, must solve the mysteries of two deaths while confronting a reactionary group supporting (with violence) the Old Faith. As usual, there are many pieces to the puzzle, and Eadulf, worryingly, is separated from the investigating group at the real risk of his life. Fidelma, while intelligent and intuitive, is also entitled, and as usual, snappish and grumpy, especially when Eadulf goes missing. The Great Fair at Cashel is only a minor player in the story. Spousal abuse and a fledgling romance figure more than the fair in the story. Fidelma’s summation, a la Hercule Poirot, is not as thrilling as in most of her stories. The reader will know most of the pieces before the big reveal.

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