Dancing With Demons

Dancing With Demons

Dancing With Demons Sister Fidelma must investigate the murder of the High King himself and by doing so risk civil war in Peter Tremayne s brilliant new novel in the popular series When Sechnussach High King of Ireland

  • Title: Dancing With Demons
  • Author: Peter Tremayne
  • ISBN: 9780755328383
  • Page: 110
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Sister Fidelma must investigate the murder of the High King himself and by doing so risk civil war, in Peter Tremayne s brilliant new novel in the popular series When Sechnussach, High King of Ireland, is found dead in his bedchamber with his throat cut, all clues seem to suggest an all too obvious prime suspect Dubh Duin, the chieftain of the clan Cinel Cairpre, was fouSister Fidelma must investigate the murder of the High King himself and by doing so risk civil war, in Peter Tremayne s brilliant new novel in the popular series When Sechnussach, High King of Ireland, is found dead in his bedchamber with his throat cut, all clues seem to suggest an all too obvious prime suspect Dubh Duin, the chieftain of the clan Cinel Cairpre, was found with the murder weapon in his hand when the High King s guards entered the royal chamber, before taking his own life The Chief Brehon of Ireland asks Sister Fidelma to investigate and find out what possible motives could have driven Dubh Duin to assassinate the High King Her investigations reveals an intricate web of conspiracy and deception that threatens to unbalance the five kingdoms and send them spiralling into a violent and bloody civil war and religious conflict

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    Tremayne is like a magician; he diverts the reader's attention from the central mystery with adventure and fascinating insights into the history and culture of ancient Ireland. In this latest book, he examines the tensions between the followers of the "Old Faith" and the increasing popularity of the "New Faith" in light of Rome's growing influence on Irish culture and laws.

    When is this man going to write Fidelma and Eadulf as flesh and blood people who have a real relationship. Learning about 7th-century Ireland and the culture has usually made this series worth reading despite the lack of fully realized characters, but this one just lay flat on the page.

    Fidelma is called in as an impartial outsider to solve the mystery of the assassination of the High King at Tara (since those who would otherwise investigate all belong to different factions of the same clan).A slightly too-intricate plot this time: the climax is good, but not very satisfying, with umpteen different people ending up sharing responsibility for the murder.Also, there was the disappointment of finding Eadulf relegated to his former subservient self after the more sensitive approach [...]

    Number 18 in the Sister Fidelma series by Peter Tremayne is yet another master mystery adventure in ancient Ireland. Not long ago I came upon a book of his stories in a second hand book store and had to find more of his books. That started me on this series and I am hooked on it. I don't bother about trying to pronounce the Irish words, and names of places. I do enjoy the author's knowledge of the period as it is new to me. The legal system, and equality of women back then is admirable. So civil [...]

    This is the first time I have read anything by this author and I very much enjoyed it. My main quibbles are that it would have been very helpful to have had a map of 7th century Ireland, and that a glossary of terms and a guide to pronunciation would have been wonderful. There was a bit too much repetition of information as if Tremayne had forgotten that he had already explained something (sometimes several times) before. Apart from that, I will be looking for more books by Peter Tremayne.

    Fidelma is called upon to investigate the murder of the high king of Ireland. The murder itself seems to pose little mystery: the murderer was found in the king's bedroom with a bloody knife in his hand. On being discovered he plunged the knife into his own heart. But the king's successor wants to know whether the murderer acted alone or in concert with others.This was a better novel than the preceding two in the series - slightly less pedantic, better plot, more interesting storyline. It is ver [...]

    The High King of Eirann (Ireland) has been murdered, and while the killer isn't in question, his motives are--and since he killed himself after committing the crime, no one can ask him. The Assembly calls in Sister Fidelma to investigate as an impartial party, since they want no questions in the people's minds when the new High King is installed.So Fidelma and her husband, Brother Eadulf are once again off on a long journey to Tara, leaving their son Alchu behind in Cashel. These books are fairl [...]

    #18 in the Sister Fidelma series. 7th century Ireland had a system of laws that were light years ahead of its time (the Dark Ages). Their provisions concerning women were better than any country (including the U.S.) in 2011. There were protections against domestic abuse, divorce, rape, child molestation, etc. Family bonds were emphasized along with loyalty to one's clan. Succession of clan leadership (and even kingship!) were not based upon the oldest son but rather voted in based on the vote of [...]

    The High King of Ireland is murdered in his bed by the clan chieftain Dubh Duin, as history reports. But his motive is unclear, and the kingdoms are in unrest, so Fidelma is called in as an unbiased investigator to look into the assassination. What she uncovers is a convoluted conspiracy that threatens the peace of the land. This volume is rife with political intrigue and although it starts out a little tedious to me, as the investigation slowly unravels the tension ratchets up with each new dis [...]

    Always such fascinating history in these books. The intricate and just law system that the Irish had roughly six hundred years after Christ is amazing. Especially in the light of more recent history (18th, 19th centuries) showing England advanced and civilized in contrast to an impoverished, backward Ireland. At the time of these mysteries, Ireland was very forward thinking, especially in areas such as women and marriage, while the Saxons were considered extremely barbaric. Tremayne does an incr [...]

    Another mystery set in ancient Ireland, after Catholism arrived. Sister Fidelma and her husband do a beautiful job of explaining how the catholic faith was introduced into such a wonderful society. I enjoy learning about our ancestors and the respect granted to individuals. The idea of the people empowering the kings and granting the next in line succession rights, only when they were worthy is a lesson for us all.

    The story/mystery itself in this book was just average, reading about Ireland in the 7th century. I had never heard that there was a nod to democracy in the Irish ruling during that time, nor about the amazing amount of equality women received. How come none of this was ever mentioned in my religious classes, or history classes, or women's studies classes! While I'm not sure I'll read more Sister Fidelma, I am inclined to check out Peter Tremayne's nonfiction.

    Fidelma is asked to be the judge in what seems to be a closed case. The high king is dead. The culprit is found, after having killed himself to prevent being tortured and implicating others. But Fidelma thinks things don't add up, so she and Eadwulf go searching. Fidelma finds herself trying to find Eadwulf. On the way to the abbey, he has disappeared. Then remants of the old faith keep popping up. I continue to learn so much about the "Dark Ages" when I read these stories.

    This was my first dip into this series and i was seriously impressed with the amount of historical research. he's no Hillary mantel - and often the characters and plot seem to be there just to move us onto the the next historical point - but hey its an REALLY interesting time in history which is important for a number of modern political legal and religious institutions. and i'm a Celtic history geek so I'm definitely going back for more.

    The High King is murdered in his bed and the assassin kills himself upon discovery. As everyone involved and those who inherit are of the same clan, Fidelma and Eadulf are called in to investigate/give stamp of approval that the obvious conclusion is correct. Of course that is not the case. As usual I had all the clues and only put parts of the conclusion together. One of the better entries in the series

    There are only a few series where I can say that not a single book has ever disappointed me and this is one of them. Intricate, well formed plot, characters with depth, rich historical detail and a satifying resolution. While it is not necessary to read the series in order, I would highly recommend it.

    This was the second book to the many from the series of The Chalice of Blood. This brought me to the conclusion that this book would have more of a calm setting. But I was wrong The king of Ireland was killed! What!? I totally freaked out because it was never solved. Can't wait to read the other books!

    Not up to the usual Sister Fidelma standards but still an enjoyable read of my favourite brehon. The High King has been murdered and religieux from the New Religion are being killed - I wish Tremayne had spent a bit more the characters from of the Old Religion - the priestess seemed quite interesting. The Woden-worshipping Saxon was a bit of anomaly - what was he doing so far away from home?

    This is one of my favorites from the series. I like these books because they take place in Ireland (which holds a soft spot in my heart), they are interesting and very clean. I also enjoy the discussions of religion in the book as a result of the tension between the new Christian faith (new to the characters in the books) and the druids.

    Peter Tremayne is my favorite author so how could I not give his books 5 stars!! Another excellent Sister Fidelma read! I read it so quickly that I didn't even get a chance to put it on here as "currently reading" it just went straight to "read".

    Despite the author's scholarly credentials, this book felt like an anachronism. Fidelma of Cashel seems like a thoroughly modern woman, not someone from A.D. 669 ancient Ireland. Also, the solution to the mystery seemed like one I've read before.

    Having read the entire series I feel at one with the characters. Sister Fidelma is strong and well conceived. Unfortunately some of the other characters are weak by comparison. Still a good read. Recommended.

    Interesting book - ties up neatly at the end. However, the author intersperses ancient Irish words within the dialogue, which is fine, except that he also adds the explanation for the words into the dialogue between the characters, which is often awkward and interrupts the flow of the story.

    A tightly plotted mystery. And I love the historical details, but once in awhile I found myself thinking that characters were explaining things to me, the reader, not to each other, since they'd already know the culture/history. Still thought it was one of his best.

    Another cracker Sister Fidelma mystery. This one takes place in Meath along the Boyne, and in some parts feels as if its a (very) brief comment on the Troubles. Interesting, as always when I finish I want more!!

    Sex, lies, and irish Celtic religions! Super addition to the series. As Fidelma says - like peeling layers of an onion.

    Another solid read in the Sister Fidelma realm. Looking forward to my next foray into the world of ancient Ireland with this proud dalaigh

    Another excellent entry into the Sister Fidelma canon - so refreshing to read a mystery with a complex plot and proper clues. Full review at classicmystery.wordpress

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