Peter Tremayne is the fiction pseudonym of Peter Berresford Ellis, a renowned Celtic scholar who has written over 30 books on the Ancient Celts and the Irish. As Tremayne, he is best known for his stories and novels featuring 7th century Irish religieuse Fidelma of Cashel. He lives in London.
Tremayne's engrossing 17th Ancient Ireland mystery (after 2006's Master of Souls) finds series heroine Fidelma on the eve of her marriage. Political and ecclesiastical bigwigs have gathered for the ceremony. The tremendously unpopular Abbot Ult n also arrives to protest that Fidelma must uphold her long-ago religious vows by remaining celibate. Ult n soon turns up dead, and there's no shortage of suspects. Muirchertach N r, the king of Connacht, who believed his sister-in-law had been wronged by Ult n, was spotted near the crime scene. The sons of a woman Ult n beat for worshipping a pagan deity also come under suspicion. When Muirchertach N r is killed, Fidelma must determine whether the deaths were related. The solution to that riddle is so unexpected that it slightly strains credulity. Rich in historical detail, this series also reflects on many contemporary issues, including celibacy, gender and church leadership. Tremayne (pseudonym for scholar Peter Berresford Ellis) has produced another winner. (Nov.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
"A Prayer for the Damned is a blessing for the millions of Sister Fidelma's devoted fans around the world. [She] is a vibrant creation, a woman of wit and courage who would be outstanding in any era, but brings a special sparkle to the wild beauty of medieval Ireland. The author sets the scene with meticulous care and develops the plot with intelligence. Well done!" --Morgan Llywelyn, best-selling author of Finn Mac Cool and The Last Prince of Ireland "Tremayne writes so authentically about this remote time period that readers will feel they are there in every way. His densely plotted stories are a delight for those who love puzzle mysteries." --Library Journal (starred review) on Master of Souls "Engrossing....Rich in historical detail, this series also reflects on many contemporary issues... Tremayne has produced another winner." --Publishers Weekly on A Prayer for the Damned "Another stellar installment in the most authentically detailed medieval mystery series currently being published." --Booklist on A Prayer for the Damned