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Shroud for the Archbishop: A Sister Fidelma Mystery (Sister Fidelma #2)

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Wighard, Archbishop designate of Canterbury, has been found dead, garrotted in his chambers in Rome's Lateran Palace in the autumn of A.D. 664. His murderer seems apparent to all, since an Irish religieux was arrested by the palace guards as he fled Wighard's chamber, but the monk denies responsibility for the crime, and the treasures missing from Wighard's chambers are no ...more
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Published August 15th 1996 by Minotaur Books (first published January 1995)
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Shroud for the Archbishop is second in the Sister Fidelma mystery series. A good friend loaned me her copy even though I wasn’t really looking for any more books. My friend said she knew I would love Sister and she was right.

To get an idea of Fidelma’s character, think Irish female Brother Cadfeael* five centuries earlier. Sr. Fidelma is witty, smart and living in the How the Irish Saved Civilization time period, the 7th century—pretty much considered the ‘Dark Ages’ everywhere in Europe except
This is the second book in this sister Fidelma series, set in AD 664, in Rome where the sister has been sent on a mission to get an item from Killdare, Ireland blessed. A group of Saxon's are there, including her friend Brother Eadulf, as one of their own, Wighard, is to become Archbishop of Canterbury. However, Wighard is found murdered in his room, and an Irish monk is accused, and the bishop in charge, has heard of how the sister and her friend have solved the crisis in Northumbria and ask th ...more
Nancy Ellis
Revisiting another favorite series. I love all the history, especially dealing with the conflict between the Irish Church and the Roman faction. Fidelma is a brilliant character, and through her we learn so much about life, culture, and religion in mid-seventh century Ireland. This book is set in Rome where many Irish and Saxon clerics have journeyed for the celebration of the new Archbishop of Canterbury. Of course, there is murder and mystery in the politics, and Fidelma and Brother Eadulf are ...more
Italo Italophiles
Shroud for the Archbishop allows the reader to tour Medieval Rome with Fidelma, Eadulf and the others. See the Lateran Palace, a Christian cemetery and catacomb, the Basilica of St. John of Lateran, the streets, alleys and avenues of Rome, the Tiber. Meet the pope, bishops, monks, nuns, papal guards, innkeepers, beggars and more of Rome's residents.

The writing style is workable, if stilted and at times repetitive, but that does not detract from what this is, a historical traditional mystery, ful
Better than the first book in the series, which is promising. Although, so far, these "mysteries of ancient Ireland" have been set in Whitby, England, and Rome, the protagonist seems to be heading back to Ireland for the third book. Tremayne is sometimes overly eager to show what an unconventional woman Sister Fidelma is, but perhaps her character, which shows great promise, will settle into itself with additional entries in the series. The plot is a good one and the setting and history are grea ...more
I keep looking at glowing reviews for this book and thinking, "Man, I wish I were you."

This is a book set in the far reaches of history, in a land of beautiful scenery and rampant history going on everywhere. We have a fiery Irish sister who not only solves crimes, but does so with the highest authority. The lady can speak on a level with kings. Lots of people lie, almost as many die. Everything is crammed into about the space of three or four days.

So why was I so consistently bored?

It has to be
I love Sister Fidelma. She is a highly intelligent and determined character that causes consternation amoung men of the era who are not used to her Irish ways. Just for that alone I find these books highly enjoyable but the author also evokes the era and history in his writing which I appreciate.
This second Sister Fidelma mystery read much easier than the first. Perhaps because it takes place in Rome and perhaps because we learned a lot (like a distracting a lot) in the first, this book was much less cumbersome to read. Yes I still learned something and I do enjoy that I just didn't notice as much while I was reading, the story just unfolded better. Here we find Fidelma in Rome fairly recently arrived when the Archbishop elect of Canterbury is found murdered by presumably an Irish monk. ...more
Book #2 in the Sister Fidelma mystery series. I truly did NOT know who did what by the time I got to the last few pages. I'm in awe of an author who can keep all the plots/subplots going at the same and then tie up all the loose ends so neatly at the end. Fidelma is sent to Rome bearing letters to the Pope from the religious authorities in Ireland and there she hooks back up with Brother Eadulf (is there a "love" interest developing here?). At this time in the Christian church, celibacy is desir ...more
The second in a series featuring Sister Fidelma, a 7th century female detective/lawyer (a dalaigh) from Ireland. The setting is Rome with its politicians, merchants, clerics, politicians, soldiers, and pilgrims. The murder takes place in the guest rooms of the Lateran Palace in Rome. There are a number of Catholic clerics as well as Roman soldiers and Roman politicians among the novel's main characters. But we also leave the palace in order to visit bars, hostels, catacombs, churches, brothels, ...more
Joyce Lagow
2nd in the Sister Fidelma mystery series set in 7th century Ireland and that world.[return][return]The 2nd installment sees Sister Fidelma in Rome. It s curious that the series touts itself as a mystery of ancient Ireland , because the first two books are set in Saxon England and in Rome, respectively. We learn a good deal about Irish culture and law, but see nothing of Ireland itself.[return][return]Fidelma has been sent to Rome by the religious authorities in Ireland to see approval for the ru ...more
Kathy Davie
Second in the historical mystery series, Sister Fidelma, we are frustrated in mid-7th century Rome with Fidelma when she is forced to kick her heels waiting for an audience with the Bishop of Rome. And, in the waiting, Fidelma becomes involved in the murder of archbishop-designate, Wighard.

Shroud for the Archbishop is a fascinating tale of revenge, intrigue, and greed with a forceful and fascinating woman. Revenge for the assassination of a woman and the disposal of her children. Intrigue for th
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So it happened again: when I wasn't looking, I seem to have read another of these. Now I like a good detective story as much as the next man, but is this a good detective story?

Well, no. Compared to Conan Doyle, Umberto Eco or even Agatha Christie, the writing is poor, the killer is telegraphed and the characterization is formulaic. But here's the thing and there's really no getting around it: I enjoyed it. Like candy floss. And there's always room in the world for candy floss.
I just could not finish this book. It has what i sometimes think of as modernitis- modern writing that follows the standardized formula for plot development, rise of action, climax, resolution, etc etc. Just plug in your characters and time/place.
The book seems to be clean, as far as I got. No explicit sex or violence, those sorts of things that usually make me reject a book. It is, in fact, a correct rendition of a murder mystery.
For me, this lacks soul,or spirit, or whatever. It makes for bl
Another re-read and again, I must praise the Greek translator for having done an amazing job. I thought the writing has much improved since the first book, but since I already knew the resolution of the mystery, I cannot say if it was predictable or not - I do remember, though, that when I initially read it I thought it wasn't. Great, entertaining medieval mystery.
Is this book more/less/equally randomly homophobic as the last one?:

Slightly less. In this one, the gay characters aren't murderers, just thieves? wtf Peter Tremayne??
Not only a well written crimestory, or historic novel but also perfectly show the descrepancies of the different groups in early christianity . I love Fidelmas disputes with th roman clerics.
Laura Edwards
I really wanted to give this 3.5 stars because the first half of the book drags a bit. But once hitting the midway point, Sister Fidelma and Brother Eadulf start vigorously investigating the murder. Once again, a good number of suspects, all with motives, if you can figure out the secrets they are hiding. I was very close to the correct answer, guessing the connection between two characters, but putting blame on the wrong one. Also, love the relationship between Fidelma and Eadulf. Learned more ...more
A vivid historical mystery with compelling characters and a satisfying series of twists before the dramatic conclusion.
a delightful mystery in 664AD! Meet Sister Fidelma who is a spunky Irish Sister who is way before her time.
Diana Herrera
4.5 stars. Better than the first one, definitely. The solution isn't nearly as obvious.
Better than the first book. Still clunky at times...
A good mystery set in Rome in the 7th century.
John Carter
give it a go, well worth the try.
I love this series!
A nice entertaining mystery set in 7th century Rome. The identity of the killer doesn't come as a huge surprise but there is still a good bit of suspense. My only complaint is that the lead character, Sister Fidelma, comes across as a bit smug at times and spends a bit too much time informing everyone how perfect the Irish customs are. Some of the references to the 'Celtic Church' are also a bit anachronistic but not a huge surprise for when the book was written.
My biggest irritation with this series is that I know almost nothing about the time period in which it is set, so don't know how accurate the history is. I was pleasantly surprised by the fact that while I was pretty close to the answer of the mystery. I think maybe that in trying to create a strong female protagonist, Tremayne went just a smidge too far, but it is sure fun to watch her go.
Steven Fujita
Just like the first book, the main attraction for me in the Sister Fidelma series is the history lessons contained within the context of a mystery. It is helpful to read the series in order as references are made to the previous book, and though not necessary to understand the relationships in the current book, it is helpful to know the history of the characters' relationship.
Frances Fuller
This one was better than the first, I had figured out most of it from the clues, enough even for we of the limited detective awareness, but am continued to be by amazed at the equality of the Irish woman in the eighth century. If it all really true, which I was too lazy to look up on, then we are still far behind them, even here in the twenty-first century.
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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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