The Dove of Death: A Mystery of Ancient Ireland (Paperback)

A Mystery of Ancient Ireland

By Peter Tremayne

Minotaur Books, 9780312609276, 369pp.

Publication Date: September 27, 2011



In A.D. 670, an Irish merchant ship is attacked by a pirate vessel off the southern coast of the Breton peninsula. Merchad, the ship's captain, and Bressal, a prince from the Irish kingdom of Muman, are killed in cold blood after they have surrendered. Among the other passengers who manage to escape the slaughter are Fidelma of Cashel and her faithful companion, Brother Eadulf.

Once safely ashore, Fidelma sister to the King of Muman and an advocate of the Brehon law courts is determined to bring the killers to justice, not only because her training demands it but also because one of the victims was her cousin. The only clue to the killer's identity is the symbol of the dove on the attacking ship's sails, a clue that leads her on a dangerous quest to confront the man known as The Dove of Death.

About the Author

PETER TREMAYNE is the fiction pseudonym of Peter Berresford Ellis, a renowned Celtic scholar who has written over 30 books on the Ancient Celts and the Irish. As Tremayne, he is best known for his stories and novels featuring 7th century Irish religieuse Fidelma of Cashel. He lives in London.

Praise For The Dove of Death: A Mystery of Ancient Ireland

"... among the most authentically written mysteries being published. The mystery, historical details and sharply written personalities combine seamlessly."
--RT Book Reviews (Top Pick!)
"An intriguing lead and a tricky puzzle propel Tremayne's 18th whodunit."
--Publishers Weekly "Essential for series fans and readers who enjoy mysteries with medieval and Irish settings."
--Library Journal