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The Seventh Trumpet (Sister Fidelma #23)

3.90  ·  Rating Details  ·  279 Ratings  ·  34 Reviews
670 AD. The body of an unknown young noble is found murdered not far from Cashel. The only clue to his identity is the emblem he was wearing – the emblem of the ruling house of the neighbouring kingdom of Laigen. When King Colgú of Cashel sends his sister, Fidelma, and her companion, Eadulf, to investigate, they are propelled into one of their most dangerous and perplexing ...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published July 5th 2012 by Headline Book Publishing
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Graham Crawford
Jan 21, 2013 Graham Crawford rated it did not like it
"I think we need to inform the Bishop."
"Do you think it's wise to inform the Bishop?"
"Yes. I think it is wise to inform the Bishop."
"Why do you think it is wise to inform the Bishop?"
"The Bishop will believe me because I saved him from the nun with the poisoned apple several books ago. That is why I think it is wise to inform the Bishop."
"Ah yes, I remember the book with the nun and the poisoned apple. Silly me. He's *that* Bishop. That is why it is wise to inform the Bishop. When do you want to
Feb 23, 2014 Mary rated it really liked it
This book put me in mind of Susanna Gregory's medieval tales of her Monk & sleuth, Bartholomew. Love Fidelma! Sister to the king in medieval this book she heads out as dailaigh-an advocate of the Brehon law courts, to investigate a murder of a Nobel on neighboring farmland, which leads her on a journey to discover his identity as well as his killer. Her and her husband, along with two warriors set out and as they search it becomes a dangerous journey filled with more questions tha ...more
Kathy Davie
Twenty-third in the Sister Fidelma historical mystery series set in ancient Ireland with the newly released Fidelma.

My Take
Holy cats! It's a convoluted story, and it didn't seem to matter how often I re-read sections. I simply couldn't grasp all the twists and turns in this. Part of the problem is the ancient Irish names as well as the tangled alliances that run throughout this story. Yet another part is the lack of clues I could follow. Too many great leaps of imagination with little foundation
Jessica Taylor
I enjoyed this, but was kind of vaguely confused the entire time. I'm not sure that I'm up for more. I felt buried under a welter of confusing Irish terms and tangled alliances, and I continutally felt like I was "missing something".
Mar 15, 2014 Dale rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, mystery, ireland
I've liked most of the books in this series, and this is one of the best. It really works as a mystery: Tremayne does a great job of leaving you enough clues to figure out the solution, but hides them well enough that you're not likely to see the solution until about the time Fidelma does her summation.

The main defect in these novels is the long-windedness and excessive historical detail. Tremayne buries the reader in a pile of unfamiliar Irish legend, history, and geography, little of it germai
Betsy Greenwood
Jul 05, 2014 Betsy Greenwood rated it really liked it
Just finished reading the last 10 or so of the Sr/Lady Fidelma series. The murder mysteries all take place circa 650 A.D., predominantly on the ancient isle of Eire. While Fidelma pursues the guilty parties, the reader has an opportunity to learn customs of the place and time. The "New Faith" is still very young. Ireland's religieux marry and have children. Rome's laws are changing and celibacy is being promoted. The very advanced law structure in Ireland is frequently reviewed. I looked forward ...more
Apr 02, 2014 Thomas rated it really liked it
Fans of the series following the adventures of Fidelma of Cashel and her husband, Eadulf, in 7th Century Ireland will be pleased with the latest in the series by Peter Tremayne. The Kingdom of Muman (Munster) is under threat of an insurrection by a local warlord acting as a religious leader. Fidelma is kidnapped and almost loses her life before Eadulf and companions rescue her. Except for trying to keep up with the unfamiliar ancient Irish place names and names of the characters, I was caught up ...more
Jan 30, 2016 Susan rated it liked it
In 670, Fidelma and Eadulf are back in Ireland. When a young noble is discovered murdered not far from Cashel, the King calls upon them to investigate. When they track down an alcoholic priest who might know something about the murdered man, he too is killed. The trail then leads to a remote abbey that has been reconstructed into a military fortress complete with roads that lay Cashel open to a dangerous enemy. Although Fidelma can be an irritating character, another successful entry in an inter ...more
Jan 06, 2015 Jeanne rated it really liked it
Holy cow! This is the 23rd book in the series. Ireland in the 7th century was a vey dangerous place. There's always someone who wants to overthrow the rightful king and everywhere that Fidelma goes the bodies accumulate. She travels to investigate a body discovered near Cashel. A drunken cleric is killed. Fidelma is captured and left for dead with an unfortunate young man who was forced to help row a boat up river. Fidelma and Eadulf are riding around the countryside in search of answers. Everyo ...more
Shirley Schwartz
Oct 05, 2012 Shirley Schwartz rated it really liked it
Sister Fidelma and her Eadulf are pulled into political upheaval and a conspiracy that threatens Fidelma, her brother the king and their kingdom. It all begins when a young nobleman is found stabbed to death and his body left by a stream. The young nobleman had no identificaiton so Fidelma and Eadulf set out to try to identify him. Their quest leads them into imminent danger and even results in Fidelma's kidnapping which luckly Eadulf rescues her from. The year is 670 AD. The place Ancient Irela ...more
Nov 04, 2013 Paula rated it liked it
Shelves: e-books
The Seventh Trumpet, by Peter Tremayne
I have loved the books in this series, but the plot on this one is confusing.

I have not read them in sequence and the change in relationship between Sister Fidelma and Brother Eadulf has blossomed to the point they had a child together. I would have liked to see the interaction between Fidelma and Eadulf a bit more intimate, instead of she's always clearly in charge. I read this in e-book format, and would have liked to print out the list of characters and
Carol Rogers
Sep 07, 2013 Carol Rogers rated it really liked it
I love the Sister Fidelma books, but this one I felt did not live up to the previous books in the series.

A body is found near a river by a farmer and he realises it is a nobleman and sends word to Cashel so that the death can be investigated. Sister Fidelma and Eadulf start a journey to investigate and find that this death is not an isolated event but part of a deeper situation. All is not as it should be and who can be believed, as they go about asking questions and visiting local people, the m
Margaret1358 Joyce
Apr 21, 2014 Margaret1358 Joyce rated it liked it
The beauty in this book, as in the first Sister Fidelma story I read, is in its attention to myriad historical detail with regard to 7th century A.D.Ireland. The author, a Celtic scholar, infuses life into the era with, one presumes accurate, naming of places, conditions of travel, social and legal structures, and conventions of language governing folks at that time. As for the character development and plot structure- it's fine enough for the tale it tells,of mayhem, mystery and murder most fou ...more
Mark Robertson
Jul 15, 2015 Mark Robertson rated it really liked it
I'm in a place with no real keypad, so I'll just say that this fulfills the basic requirements for a good Sister Fidelma read. There's violence, intrigue and romance in this somewhat over-complicated tale that has Fidelma, no longer a religioux, investigating murder in the service of her brother the king.
Mar 18, 2014 patricia rated it really liked it
Sister Fidelma once more solves the murders and the mystery with Eadulf at her side. Peter Tremayne presents us with a new story in the adventures of Sister Fidelma in The Seventh Trumpet. She has left the religious life but remains with Eadulf and her calling as a Brehan. What's next?
Mary Warnement
Nov 18, 2014 Mary Warnement rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries, subway
More complicated than most Fidelma mysteries, this one ended without an ending. I could imagine the next book starting from the same point. Which makes me anticipate it for a pleasant subway diversion.
Returning to where we left off two books ago, Fidelma and Eadulf have reconciled offstage and Eadulf came home, she quit the orders, was not elected Chief Brehon and all is well. This plot is annoying - one we learned a few books ago in an epilogue set five years in the future they are together so no tension and two, we dont even see what happened Eadulf just caves. Regardless a body is found of a noble just beyond the gates of Cashel. Fidelma discovers a strange brother nearby and of course thi ...more
Thomas Stama
Oct 04, 2014 Thomas Stama rated it liked it
Shelves: series
This is the latest novel in Mother Fidelma murder mystery series by Peter Tremayne.

Again a good solid read but I am starting to think the stories and the plots are getting a bit trite. After 22 books in this series, and another published in Great Britain and now awaiting being published in USA maybe it is time for Peter Tremayne to go onto something new.

This series is an invaluable explanation of celtic monastic life in late 500's to early 600's AD and the differences with Rome. But even that is
John Hanscom
Aug 27, 2014 John Hanscom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not quite as good as some of the others, but a nice addition to this wonderful series.
Nic Gee
May 08, 2014 Nic Gee rated it it was ok
Oct 13, 2013 April rated it liked it
Peter Tremaine does it again with another Sister Fidelma mystery. This time, secret politics erupt into possible revolution, as an abby becomes a fortress and a young noble messenger is killed before he can reveal a traitorous plot. Fidelma is her snarky, grumpy self as she tries to riddle the puzzle in time to save her brother the king. There's a little too much historical explanation for me, but Tremaine is good at what he does.
Nov 12, 2013 Gaye rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A bit hard to keep up with the characters in the beginning but eventually I kept them straight. Vocabulary includes Irish/Gaelic words and I was a bit frustrated at not knowing how to pronounce some of them. Just two slight negatives that didn't prevent me from enjoying the storytelling. Great historical mystery. Part of a series with a smart woman as the main character - Sister Fidelma.
Sep 14, 2012 Marie rated it really liked it
Another solid entry in the Fidelma series.It was good to see a bit more of fidelma's relationship with her brother, and some disagrements. I would have liked to see some more on Fidelma's decison to leave the religious community and the impact with Eadulph but i'm sure Peter will develop this more as the series continues.
Margaret Heller
Nov 30, 2013 Margaret Heller rated it liked it
Since March of this year I've been reading all the Sister Fidelma mysteries. They have been getting better, and you now need to read them in order to understand what's going on. But don't think you are getting a great work of literature--you will get plenty of ancient Irish history though, and that's the point.
Sep 12, 2013 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The twenty-third installment of this series of seventh century Ireland and the sleuthing couple Fidelma, an advocate of the Brehon law courts known as a dailaigh, and her husband the Saxon (no Angle) brother Eadulf does not disappoint.
Apr 14, 2013 Margaret rated it really liked it
As always a good mystery which kept me guessing to the end. The detail and descriptions are very atmospheric. The political situation in ireland even in the seventh century is very complicated and so well explained.
May 28, 2013 Jill rated it really liked it
This is one of an interesting series about a 7C Irish sleuth. This episode was rather complicated and the similar names of some of the characters made it a bit difficult to follow
Pat Stearman
Oct 24, 2012 Pat Stearman rated it liked it
I'm starting to find Peter Tremayne a bit(lot?) mannered. It probably won't stop me reading Sister Fidelma but I'm not rushing out to buy them.
Laura Edwards
Oct 30, 2014 Laura Edwards rated it really liked it
Ideally, 3.5 stars. I bumped it up because it was pretty action packed. Not the best in the series, but not the worst.
Judy Kelley
Oct 22, 2013 Judy Kelley rated it did not like it
Absolutely awful. . .and I love historical fiction. This was so poorly written I can't believe it's #23 in the series.
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Peter Berresford Ellis (born 10 March 1943) is a historian, literary biographer, and novelist who has published over 90 books to date either under his own name or his pseudonyms Peter Tremayne and Peter MacAlan. He has also published 95 short stories. His non-fiction books, articles and academic papers have made him acknowledged as an authority on Celtic history and culture. Under Peter Tremayne, ...more
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