The Seventh Trumpet

Written by Peter Tremayne
Review by Geri C. Gibbons

Like all good mysteries, The Seventh Trumpet begins with an unidentified corpse – that of a nobleman, found murdered by a river in Ireland of 670 AD. The only clue to the nobleman’s identity is a brooch from Laign, the adjoining kingdom to Muman. As Fidelma of Cashel and Eadulf attempt to discover the name of the victim, they uncover a conspiracy that threatens her brother Colgu’s kingdom. Their investigation leads to trouble, then terror, as Fidelma is kidnapped and faces death.

This was the first of Peter Tremayne’s novels I’ve read, but it was his 23rd in the series, so I definitely felt the lack of having read at least some of the earlier books. However, a quick visit to the website gave me some missing context and deepened my appreciation for Tremayne’s research and the historical accuracy of the novels. Tremayne kept me motivated to read on with a tightly woven story and some fascinating characters. I’d like to read the previous 22 novels.