Whispers of the Dead (Sister Fidelma, #15)
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Whispers of the Dead (Sister Fidelma #15)

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Fidelma of Cashel - sister to the King of Muman, a religieuse of the Celtic Church and an advocate of the Brehon courts - returns in this new collection of fifteen tales. These stories of murder, mayhem, and mystery are not merely spellbinders but also provide insight into the ways and mores of the complex, fascinating society of seventh century Ireland as well as heretofo...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published May 4th 2004 by Minotaur Books (first published January 1st 2004)
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I was a bit disappointed with this book. I love historical novels, I love Irish history and I love the Early Christian period, but I find some of it cumbersome to read - I often felt I was buried in historical detail at the expense of there being any pace and character development. I think what bothered me most was that in one passage I found a historical flaw - placing an actual historical figure whom I have actually researched myself - about 350 years earlier than he actually lived. For me, th...more
Meg Morden
This book of 15 short stories featuring Sister Fidelma are a wonderful way to be introduced to this series. Set in 7th century CE Ireland, they give a great overview of Irish society and culture of this period and area by an acclaimed academic of the field. Steeped in interesting detail, Tremayne tells compelling stories and never lets the details of the well-studied setting overwhelm the plot. I am certainly going to pick up the rest of the series. Someone lent me this book and I have no idea w...more
My biggest problem with the Sister Fidelma stories is that I wish the author would let us readers know what happens to some of the convicted villains. Sure he says a few words of what the penalty will be but doesn't tell the background on who exacts the fines or other punishments. He mentions in a few stories of the punishment exacted for pre-meditated murder--the convicted is set adrift on the sea with no oar (or one oar as told in one story), a small bag of food and small jug of water. The per...more
I'm not usually a fan of short stories, but this sounded interesting, and it was. Sister Fidelma is, in addition to a sister in the Celtic church and the sister of a King, also an advocate in the Brehon courts. She goes where she is needed to investigate and where necessary, represent those accused of crimes.

Fidelma is an unusual character, who's wisdome, logic and complete confidence in her own abilities allows her to resist attempts at bullying, intimidation and dismissal by men both at and ab...more
I enjoy historical mysteries and have been curious about this series for some time.

Sister Fidelma is an advocate for justice in ancient Ireland (7th Century A.D.). This was my first introduction to this character and, although enjoyable, the experience was a bit like reading a foreign language. The strangeness was part of the fun of reading the short stories in this book, but I often found myself lost in the maze of characters. The insight into the culture and legal system was fascinating, and t...more
This was a very interesting set of short stories set in Ireland pre-11th century and set around the legal system that existed then which was highly developed and in which males and females were equal. We also hear about the very different interpretations of the early Christian churches about their beliefs and way of service and life as a religious.
It appears to be well researched and knowledgeable and I assume correct in the legal system, otherwise the author has had a lot of work to do to set u...more
Kylin Larsson
Set in seventh century Ireland, these mystery stories were fun to read. The protagonist, Sister Fidelma, is a brilliant lawyer/nun who goes around solving murders (mostly). She takes just a few facts and sound reasoning and figures out what no one else can figure out.

Since the stories were all previously published, several details were repeated in each story. I constantly edited the stories in my head because the writing definitely could have been better in just about every paragraph.

Overall, th...more
Amy Whitney
I have loved every book of the Sister Fidelma series. I love history, and Peter Tremayne fills his books with interesting facts about the enlightened medieval Irish legal system. Fidelma is by far one of my favorite characters. The mysteries are fun and difficult to solve as well. Once in a while I have been able to guess the murderer, but I am usually surprised at the end. I would suggest this for any one over 8.
I thought I would dislike reading a collection of stories, so much so that I skipped the "Vespers" volume and just read the full length books. Inadvertantly, I bought and downloaded this book that unbeknownst to me was also a collection of stories. So I felt obligated to read it to get my money's worth and, as it turns out, I enjoyed the stories very much. I plan to go back and read "Vespers" now.
Loved it - ancient, real, based on historical facts from the author's perspective as an English historian, specialising in the Gaelic era.
Again a strong and intelligent woman is central to the stories and how logic, truth and careful listening and observation unravels the mysteries to hold truth in the end.
A book of short stories featuring Sister Fidelma. I usually like short stories, but didn't care so much for this book of them. I think it is becsuse I have read so many books featuring her, that the short format does not suit. Don't know. Anyways, I think the answers came too quickly.
This volume is a series of short stories featuring a smart, independent woman (in a time one wouldn't expect to find her). As always, Sister Fidelma solves the mystery that has others puzzled and confused.
I didn't enjoy it as much as the first collection, Hemlock at Vespers, but it was still quite enjoyable. Fidelma is interesting, and I actually enjoy seeing her without Eadulf.
Andy Ford
Mar 03, 2008 Andy Ford rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who likes mystery in a different setting.
The Sister Fidelma series is set in 7th century Ireland. Sister Fidelma, a lawyer (and sister to the king) solves puzzling cases.
The Sister Fidelma short stories focus more on plot and less on characters and setting. Great fun.
Short stories - good fun and each with a bit of a sting.
This is another solid read. LOVE Sister Fidelma! ;)
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The short stories are a lot of fun to read...
Smart. Sassy. Fun. Give me more!
Cate Forster
Sr fidelma does it again
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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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