The Dove of Death

The Dove of Death

A Mystery of Ancient Ireland

Book - 2010
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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. Once safely ashore, Fidelma--sister to the King of Muman and an advocate of the Brehon law courts--is determined to bring the killers to justice, not only because her training demands it but also because one of the victims was her cousin. The only clue to the killer's identity is the symbol of the dove on the attacking ship's sails, a clue that leads her on a dangerous quest to confront the man known as The Dove of Death.
Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2010, c2009
Edition: 1st U.S. ed. --
ISBN: 9780312551209
Branch Call Number: FIC Trema 3558ad 1
Characteristics: xiii, 369 p. :,map. --


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Mar 25, 2015

Sr. Fidelma and her husband Br. Eadulf, on a merchant ship are attacked by pirates who kill her cousin and the ship's captain, a friend. Fidela vows to bring justice to their killers. The only clues are the dove on the pirate ship, and the white costume of its leader. Fidelma and Eadulf jump ship to swim to a nearby island, and are saved by a monk who helps them, but seems to know more than he's saying about the dove. He takes them to his main monastery on the mainland, where the irate Abbot throw them out because his monastery holds strictly to Roman celibacy. They stay at the home of a woman who had once been part of the abbot's mixed house, and learn of further raids by pirates sporting the same symbol. Investigating, Fidelma and Ealduf go to the home of the largest lord; his banner is the same dove. Only the Lord's daughter is home, and she's very suspicious of them. Other deaths follow, including that of the abbot, and all can be laid to this family. Fidelma's skeptical, and hunts for another culprit inside the family walls. When all are gathered again, she holds a trial, and risks personal attack by explaining how it all happened. Only Ealduff, afterward, knows that the bulk of her case rests on "pure logic," a circumstantial case designed to smoke out the culprit. It works. Another delight in this long intellectual medieval murder mystery series that steers clear of the actual blood and gore.

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