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The Haunted Abbot (Sister Fidelma #12)

4.07  ·  Rating Details ·  794 Ratings  ·  29 Reviews
In December of 666 A.D., Fidelma of Cashel and her companion Brother Eadulf, having completed their business with the Archbishop of Canterbury, make one final journey before returning to Ireland. At the insistence of Brother Botulf, a childhood friend of Eadulf, they detour from their trip to Eadulf's home village and make their way to Aldred's Abbey. Arriving at midnight ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published December 6th 2005 by Signet (first published 2002)
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Dec 12, 2011 Nick rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, gothic, ireland
I've read four of the Sister Fidelma mysteries now. I don't read serial novels very much, and when i do I like to be able to read them out of order. I read this one after the first one because it was the "Christmas" offering in the series. No. 11 in the series, it turned out to be spookier, grittier, and more "into" tho common folk of Sister Fidelma's era (7th century Britain) than was the first entry. Perhaps the winter atmosphere made it so, but it was much more effective, I felt.

The "Christm
Mark Stone
Dec 18, 2013 Mark Stone rated it it was amazing
A terrific story with incredible historical accuracy. As good as the story was, the writing was even better. Tremayne has become one of my favorite authors of all-time.
Aug 30, 2011 Ruthmarie rated it really liked it
How can anyone not like Sister Fidelma?!
Jul 15, 2012 Patricia rated it really liked it
I am just addicted to this series!
Laura Edwards
Jul 31, 2014 Laura Edwards rated it liked it
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Ana Elena Romero
Feb 23, 2017 Ana Elena Romero rated it it was amazing
Me reconozco fan incondicional de Sor Fidelma y su compañero Eadulf.
Me parece una saga sumamente interesante, bien ambientada en la que la resolución de los misterios que se presentan se basan en la deducción lógica de los hechos previamente expuestos.
En esta nueva novela se mezclan fenómenos supuestamente paranormales que resolverá Sor Fidelma ayudada, como no, por su compañero.
Ficción histórica y thriller policíaco, hacen de esta saga todo referente.
Jan 02, 2016 Marfita rated it liked it
Shelves: period-mystery
As I had hoped, Sister Fidelma is now wrestling with those pesky Saxon names and language and it's her turn to be in danger. To begin with, she catches a cold as Brother Eadulf takes her back from Canterbury by way of his home town. He has been summoned to an abbey near there by a monk/childhood friend who wants him to arrive by a certain day and time - midnight. It's snowing heavily and the abbey they finally reach is one that admits no women ... at all ... ever. They have accepted the celibacy ...more
Apr 05, 2015 Andre rated it liked it
This is a fun read and I would recommend it to anyone interested in reading tales set in the Dark Ages. Sister Fidelma is a excellent character who is brilliant and fiery, although in this book her role is a bit subdued for the start of the story, due to her illness. I enjoyed reading it and the author clearly seems to have a grasp of Brehon Law, however he seems, as many do, to have confused later period Norman law with earlier period Saxon law and the premise of the novel has a fundamental fla ...more
Oct 16, 2011 Denise rated it liked it
This was a very dark read as it dealt with ghosts, a suspected suicide, the massacre of women and children and an accusation of witchcraft by a member of the Church. Sister Fidelma and Brother Eadulf ("ah-dulf") brave the cold, near-death sickness and a tortured mind in their quest to find the truth.

All of these stories are very tightly written with non-stopping plots but I rated this 3 stars only because the relationship between Sister Fidelma and Eadulf was not fleshed out enough IMHO. And the
Nov 03, 2015 Ann rated it really liked it
In 666 AD, Sister Fidelma is in what will become Great Britain with her Saxon husband Brother Eudolf'. They travel to Aldred's Abbey to meet Eudolf's childhood friend, Brother Botulf, who begged them to come to the abby for a midnight meeting. They travel in a blinding snowstorm and arrive to find Brother Botulf murdered. Fidelma becomes ill and the Abbot Cild doesn't want a female in residence. When Cild sees the ghost of his dead wife, he locks up Fidelma because he thinks she's a witch. When ...more
Oct 02, 2010 Carmen rated it really liked it
Always of interest, another chronicle in the life of Sister Fidelma. She is back with her friend, and together they are in Saxon England visiting his homeland. There it doesn't go well. Sister Fidelam is very sick, Eadwulf discovers that the friend he had meant to visit has died just that morning, and then Sister Fidelma is accused of witchcraft. The story is full of who is fighting against whom, but it all makes sense. Typically the books are set in Ireland during the 600's, so it was a real tr ...more
Carole Moran
Sep 23, 2011 Carole Moran rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Sister Fidelma does it again. Even after a brief illness, she puts together the clues and testimonies Brother Eadulf has collected and makes sense of the chaos. Another great mystery by Tremayne, and this Signet paperback includes a pronunciation guide to the Old Irish language used in names in these books. Also includes a historical note regarding the theme of this story.

These are very educational mystery novels and give insight to the great system of laws the Irish had while the rest of Europ
Feb 27, 2015 Argum rated it really liked it
Our duo have gone to Canterbury since we left them and are now off to visit Eadulf's homeland planning to stop and see his old friend who sent a mysterious note at a nearby abbey. Upon arrival they find that friend murdered. Fidelma has taken ill from a storm and being in Saxon lands her gender does her no favors. Consequently, Eadulf takes the lead for much of the story which was a nice change. The abbot is a nasty man with a dead wife who appears to be haunting him. Outlaws are in the woods. A ...more
Mar 29, 2008 Jessica rated it liked it
Recommended to Jessica by: I did
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Oct 04, 2010 Minnie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bibliotheek
Ja, beetje tegenstrijdig he. Eerst het eerste boek uit de serie afdoen als niet echt mijn ding, maar dan toch het tweede gaan lezen. Dit komt omdat ik deze uit de bieb gehaald had, en het toch wel heel mooie covers zijn. Ik had de stille hoop dat het volgende deel mij wel beter ging liggen, maar dit was niet waar.
Mar 02, 2007 Leah rated it it was amazing
(my copy of this is the UK edition from 2002) I am a HUGE fan of Peter Tremayne and Sister Fidelma. I'm a total Fidelma nerd who went to Ireland just to see locations from the books! These are A-1, better than the best, "don't talk to me while I'm reading them" books! I even go so far as to order the books from the UK so I can get them a year in advance.
Sep 19, 2014 Dale rated it really liked it
I read this latest Fidelma mystery in less than 9 hours. As usual, Tremayne's series grabs me from the first page of the introduction right through to the end. As with the Owen Archer series by Candace Robb, where I gained significant insight into Medieval England & Wales, I am learning more and more about Ancient Ireland, the early British Isles and the beginnings of the Catholic Church.
This is a great book with strong characters set in a dark, historically accurate setting. My introduction to Sister Fidelmas was through the author's short stories, though, so I found the pacing of a novel with these characters too slow for me.

I passed the book on to my sister who loves historical mysteries and I'm sure she'll love it.
I didn't like this one as much as some of the others. I think I've read to many Sister Fidelma's too close together this summer. I'm a bit irritated by some of the stock phrases that I might not have noticed without proximity.
Jun 02, 2014 Sunsy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: taschenb-cher
Das zweite Buch meiner Urlaubslektüre stammt wieder aus meinem SuB. In fast einem Rutsch weg gelesen und für sehr gut befunden (09/10 Punkte).

Meine Rezension könnt ihr hier nachlesen: .
Jul 27, 2011 Annie rated it really liked it
An enjoyable easy read
May 06, 2012 Patricia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: irish-mystery
Fidelma is smart both as an advocate and a detective.
Kees Jansen
Mar 17, 2016 Kees Jansen rated it really liked it
Very entertaining, original and well written.
May 16, 2014 Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As usual with this series, lots of fun - a "Cadfael" genre which I enjoy
Oct 23, 2014 Geri rated it really liked it
I have to admit that I wasn't sure I was
going to like this book.

I really felt that I was there, seeing
the hardships that Eadulf and Sister Fidelma
had to endure.
Sep 01, 2012 Jeanne rated it really liked it
Saxon England. Eadulf's home
Feb 02, 2010 Aleta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Aleta by: Beth
This was very interesting. I'd like to pick up some of the earlier books in the series sometime to read.
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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. As Peter Tremayne, he ...more
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