Books by Peter Tremayne

PETER TREMAYNE is the fiction pseudonym for Peter Berresford Ellis, a prominent authority on the ancient Celts. As Tremayne, he is the author of nine books featuring Sister Fidelma, most recently The Monk Who Vanished. He lives in London.


PENANCE OF THE DAMNED by Peter Tremayne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 25, 2017

"History buffs will enjoy Tremayne's account of life in early Ireland. Casual readers may find the easily solved locked-room mystery swamped by the period detail."
Midsummer in the year 671 is a time for sorrow, nefarious schemes, and murder in ancient Ireland. Read full book review >
THE DEVIL'S SEAL by Peter Tremayne
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 28, 2015

"Not for the first time, Tremayne (Atonement of Blood, 2015, etc.) packs the case with historical information that threatens to overwhelm what in this installment is a very good mystery indeed."
Sister Fidelma of Cashel, nonpareil advocate of medieval Ireland's law courts, faces one of the hardest cases in her illustrious career. Read full book review >
THE SEVENTH TRUMPET by Peter Tremayne
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 23, 2013

"Fidelma shines once more in a scholarly, clever and eminently readable historical mystery."
A king's sister investigating a murder uncovers a plot against her brother. Read full book review >
BEHOLD A PALE HORSE by Peter Tremayne
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 17, 2012

"Once again, Tremayne (The Chalice of Blood, 2011, etc.) presents a detailed, readable depiction of life in ancient times with a clever mystery neatly woven into the plot."
In a flashback to the days before she married, Sister Fidelma of Cashel has a wild adventure in A.D. 664 Italy. Read full book review >
CHALICE OF BLOOD by Peter Tremayne
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"Like all Fidelma's cases (The Dove of Death, 2010, etc.), this one is literate, historically detailed and demanding of concentration by any readers hoping to absorb the finer points of ancient Irish law."
Murder, mayhem and religious dissent plague Ireland in 670 CE. Read full book review >
THE DOVE OF DEATH by Peter Tremayne
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 2, 2010

"Fidelma, a native of ancient Ireland, has to battle as hard as any contemporary female to balance the career she loves with motherhood."
An attack by a pirate ship flying the sign of the dove is only the beginning of Sister Fidelma's latest adventure. Read full book review >
THE COUNCIL OF THE CURSED by Peter Tremayne
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 3, 2009

"One of Fidelma's best, and the subject of clerical celibacy is particularly relevant today."
Sent to France as advisors to the Celtic church, Fidelma of Cashel and her husband Brother Eadulf find dissension and murder. Read full book review >
DANCING WITH DEMONS by Peter Tremayne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 28, 2008

"A classic puzzle deadened by throngs of unpronounceable names and historical tidbits only a pedant could care about."
Infidelity, political intrigue, unreliable household help, religious persecution and a murder or two in seventh-century Ireland. Read full book review >
A PRAYER FOR THE DAMNED by Peter Tremayne
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 15, 2007

"Faithful fans of Fidelma (Master of Souls, 2006, etc.) will enjoy another chance to immerse themselves in Tremayne's detailed depiction of medieval Ireland. Newcomers may find the turf tough going."
Fidelma of Cashel's nuptials must take a back seat to her investigation of the murder of an arrogant abbot. Read full book review >
MASTER OF SOULS by Peter Tremayne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 21, 2006

"For once, melodrama is piled as high as historical minutiae. Even non-medievalists may be tempted."
Tremayne's latest medieval outrage is the murder of an abbess and the disappearance of six women accompanying her on a pilgrimage. Read full book review >
THE LEPER’S BELL by Peter Tremayne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 9, 2006

"The historical detail, laid on with a trowel, often makes Tremayne a tough slog. But at least Fidelma is becoming more human. Her 15th case may win her a larger audience."
Sister Fidelma (Badger's Moon, 2005, etc.) searches for her missing son and the murderer of his nurse. Read full book review >
SMOKE IN THE WIND by Peter Tremayne
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 7, 2003

"Ancient Celtic dictionary entries and legal aphorisms masquerade as dialogue in a novel whose whodunit is less interesting than how-do-you-pronounce-it."
Irish sleuth, lawyer, and religieuse Sister Fidelma is presented with a landlocked seventh-century variation on the Bermuda Triangle in her eleventh outing (Our Lady of Darkness, 2002, etc.). Read full book review >
OUR LADY OF DARKNESS by Peter Tremayne
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 16, 2002

"If only he were as interested in humanizing Fidelma as in educating readers on the glories of ancient Irish civilization."
Life in late-seventh-century Ireland can be rife with conflict, but you'd never know it from Sister Fidelma's endlessly pedantic approach to crime. Read full book review >
ACT OF MERCY by Peter Tremayne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 19, 2001

"Though Fidelma emerges as more human than before, the loose ends in the rigging are realistic in all the wrong ways, especially when clearing suspects relies so much on looks of blank astonishment."
The intrepid Sister Fidelma is at sea—aboard the Barnacle Goose on pilgrimage to the Shrine of St. Read full book review >
THE MONK WHO VANISHED by Peter Tremayne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"But gratuitous detail about, for example, four-chamber bellows and children's game balls can overwhelm any attempt to eliminate the red herrings in the interest of the atmospheric settings and occasionally gripping narrative."
Just when the seventh-century inheritors of ancient Irish feuds are meeting to talk peace, an assassin wounds both Colgu, the king of Muman, and his antagonist Donennach, prince of the Ui Fidgente. Read full book review >
THE SUBTLE SERPENT by Peter Tremayne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 10, 1998

"A bonanza for students of the period; a heavy slog for anyone else."
Another tangled chronicle set in seventh-century Ireland featuring Sister Fidelma of Kildare (Suffer Little Children, 1997, etc.). Read full book review >
SUFFER LITTLE CHILDREN by Peter Tremayne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 1997

"Scholars may love it; for the average reader, though, more penance than pleasure."
A third appearance for Sister Fidelia (Shroud for the Archbishop, 1996, etc.), an advocate of the courts in seventh- century Ireland. Read full book review >
SHROUD FOR THE ARCHBISHOP by Peter Tremayne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 10, 1996

"The diffuse plotting, rarely compelling, suffocates under the onslaught."
A second chapter in the seventh-century exploits of intelligent, highly educated Sister Fidelma of the Celtic Church in Ireland, aided as before by Brother Eadulf of Canterbury (Absolution by Murder, 1996). Read full book review >
ABSOLUTION BY MURDER by Peter Tremayne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 5, 1996

"Even Brother Cadfael might have tolerated her."
The first volume in a projected series featuring Sister Fidelma, a seventh-century nun who is also a d†laigh (or advocate) authorized to practice law in the courts of her native Ireland. Read full book review >