The Second Death

The Second Death

[a Mystery of Ancient Ireland]

Book - 2015
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Ireland, A.D. 671. It is the beginning of the summer season and the Kingdom of Muman is preparing to celebrate the Great Fair of Cashel. It is an extravagant nine days of contests, food, and endless entertainment. Circumstances have led Fidelma and Eadulf far and wide across the kingdom, and they have been absent from the Great Fair for many years. But, for once they haven't been called away from Cashel, and are eager to enjoy the festivities - that is, until the last wagon in a group traveling to the fair catches on fire. The driver dies and it appears that the driver was a woman disguised a boy, for reasons unknown. Eadulf, upon further inspection, finds an even more disconcerting discovery - a rotting corpse in back of the wagon. Now, with only a week left to the fair, it is up to Fidelma and Eadulf to solve the mystery in time.
Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, c2015
ISBN: 9781250081766
Branch Call Number: FIC Trem
Characteristics: xiv, 337 pages : map ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: 2nd death


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Mar 27, 2019

Fidelma and her husband, Eadulf, must solve the mysteries of two deaths while confronting a reactionary group supporting (with violence) the Old Faith. As usual, there are many pieces to the puzzle, and Eadulf, worryingly, is separated from the investigating group at the real risk of his life. Fidelma, while intelligent and intuitive, is also entitled, and as usual, snappish and grumpy, especially when Eadulf goes missing. The Great Fair at Cashel is only a minor player in the story. Spousal abuse and a fledgling romance figure more than the fair in the story. Fidelma’s summation, a la Hercule Poirot, is not as thrilling as in most of her stories. The reader will know most of the pieces before the big reveal.


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