The Haunted Abbot
This is the eleventh installment in the highly praised Sister Fidelma series created by prominent Celtic authority, Peter Tremayne a/k/a Peter Beresford Ellis. I’ve read all the others, and must admit that this is one of my favorites.
It is 666 A.D. Fidelma and Eadulf, both religieuses, are now a couple, not just traveling companions. After leaving Canterbury and before they return to Ireland, Eadulf receives a letter from one of his childhood friends, Brother Botulf, insisting that Eadulf return to Seaxmund’s Ham, his boyhood home, immediately. By the time Eadulf and Fidelma reach Aldred’s Abbey, Botulf is dead, murdered hours before their arrival. From that point on, things begin to unravel, ultimately finding the couple imprisoned in the abbey and plotting their escape. Things are rotten at Aldred’s Abbey, it appears.
This is the first Fidelma mystery where Tremayne focuses more on Eadulf, giving us a chance to learn more about his character, his Saxon background, upbringing and boyhood community. The sociopolitical tensions between Saxons and non-Saxons is evident – even Fidelma has a difficult time understanding cultural and political differences between her culture and Eadulf’s. A highly entertaining and recommended read.
Early Medieval (to 1337)