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Peter Tremayne

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Peter Tremayne is the fiction writing pseudonym of the Celtic scholar and author Peter Berresford Ellis, who was born in Coventry, Warwickshire, England on March 10, 1943. Even though he received a BA and an MA in Celtic Studies, he decided to become a journalist and worked at numerous weekly mostra'n més newspapers throughout England and Ireland. In 1968, he published is first book, Wales: A Nation Again, about the Welsh struggle for political independence. He became a full-time writer in 1975 and has published over 90 books under his own name and the pseudonyms Peter Tremayne and Peter MacAlan. One of his best known works under his real name is The Cornish Language and its Literature, which is considered the definitive history of the language. In 1988, he received an Irish Post Award in recognition of his services to Irish historical studies. Under the pseudonym Peter Tremayne, he writes the Sister Fidelma Mystery series. He received the French Prix Historia for the best historical mystery novel of 2010 for Le Concile des Maudits (The Council of the Cursed). (Bowker Author Biography) mostra'n menys
Crèdit de la imatge: The International Sister Fidelma Society

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Obres de Peter Tremayne

The Druids (1994) 1,258 exemplars
Absolution by Murder (1994) 925 exemplars
Celtic Myths and Legends (1998) 583 exemplars
Shroud for the Archbishop (1995) 553 exemplars
The Subtle Serpent (1996) 524 exemplars
The Celts: A History (1998) 515 exemplars
Suffer Little Children (1995) 477 exemplars
The Monk Who Vanished (1999) 449 exemplars
Valley of the Shadow (1998) 438 exemplars
The Spider's Web (1997) 430 exemplars
Act of Mercy (1999) 389 exemplars
Badger's Moon (2003) 357 exemplars
The Haunted Abbot (2002) 357 exemplars
Smoke in the Wind (2001) 351 exemplars
Our Lady of Darkness (2000) 351 exemplars
Hemlock at Vespers (2000) 327 exemplars
The Leper's Bell (2004) 321 exemplars
Master of Souls (2005) 285 exemplars
A Prayer for the Damned (2006) 267 exemplars
Whispers of the Dead (2004) 254 exemplars
Dancing with Demons (2007) 231 exemplars
The Council of the Cursed (2008) 208 exemplars
Dictionary of Celtic Mythology (1992) 183 exemplars
The Dove of Death (2009) 171 exemplars
The Chalice of Blood (2010) 153 exemplars
The Seventh Trumpet (2012) 113 exemplars
A Dictionary of Irish Mythology (1987) 105 exemplars
Atonement of Blood (2013) 104 exemplars
An Ensuing Evil and Others (2005) 101 exemplars
Penance of the Damned (2016) 81 exemplars
The Devil's Seal (2014) 77 exemplars
The Second Death (2015) 72 exemplars
Eyewitness to Irish History (2004) 56 exemplars
Hell or Connaught: Cromwellian Colonisation of Ireland 1652-1660 (1975)algunes edicions55 exemplars
Night of the Lightbringer (2017) 53 exemplars
Fires of Lan-Kern (1980) 43 exemplars
Raven of Destiny (1984) 40 exemplars
The Revenge of Dracula (1978) 39 exemplars
Blood in Eden (2019) 38 exemplars
Bloodmoon (2018) 38 exemplars
Roswell: The Complete Third Season [2001 TV series] (2014) — Director — 36 exemplars
Caesar's Invasion of Britain (1820) 36 exemplars
Dracula Unborn (1977) 34 exemplars
Celtic Inheritance (1985) 32 exemplars
The Shapeshifter's Lair (2020) 31 exemplars
The Buccaneers of Lan-Kern (1983) 26 exemplars
The Destroyers of Lan-Kern (1982) 25 exemplars
The House of Death (2021) 25 exemplars
Dracula, My Love (1980) 24 exemplars
The Ants (1979) 23 exemplars
Bloodmist (1988) 23 exemplars
By Jove, Biggles!: The Life of Captain W. E. Johns (1981) — Autor — 21 exemplars
Ravenmoon (1988) 19 exemplars
Zombie! (1981) 17 exemplars
Celtic Dawn (1993) 17 exemplars
The Rising of the Moon (1987) 17 exemplars
Trollnight (1987) 17 exemplars
Death of a Heretic (2022) 16 exemplars
Islands of Shadows (1991) 16 exemplars
The Lair of the White Fox (2016) 16 exemplars
The Cornish language and its literature (1974) — Autor — 16 exemplars
The Vengeance of She (1978) 16 exemplars
The Curse of Loch Ness (1979) 15 exemplars
The Return of Raffles (1981) 13 exemplars
Cornish Saints (1992) 12 exemplars
Kiss of the Cobra (1984) 10 exemplars
Wales: A Nation Again (1968) 10 exemplars
Swamp (1985) 9 exemplars
The Windsor Protocol (1992) 9 exemplars
The Shadow of Mr Vivian (2014) 9 exemplars
My Lady of Hy-Brasil (1987) 9 exemplars
The Morgow Rises! (1982) 9 exemplars
Snowbeast! (1983) 8 exemplars
Nicor! (1987) 8 exemplars
Celtic Whodunnits 7 exemplars
The Judas Battalion (1983) 7 exemplars
Airship (1984) 7 exemplars
Hemlock at Vespers: Vol 2 (2001) 6 exemplars
Angelus! (1985) 6 exemplars
Hemlock at Vespers: Vol 1 (2001) 5 exemplars
Wondersmith (1979) 5 exemplars
Hound of Frankenstein (1977) 4 exemplars
Revenge of the Stormbringer (2023) 4 exemplars
Wall Roman site, Staffordshire (1999) 3 exemplars
Ants (1987) 3 exemplars
The Confession (1985) 3 exemplars
The Spiteful Shadow (2015) 3 exemplars
Snow Beast! 2 exemplars
Kitchener's Gold (1986) 2 exemplars
More Celtic Whodunnits (1998) 2 exemplars
Valkyrie Directive (1989) 2 exemplars
The Valkyrie Directive (2017) 2 exemplars
The Stuart Sapphire 2 exemplars
Liberty Tree (1982) 1 exemplars
Murder in the Air 1 exemplars
The Singing Stone 1 exemplars
The Great Fire of London (1976) 1 exemplars
The Banshee 1 exemplars
Fireball 1 exemplars
Terreur rampante 1 exemplars
Dracula's Chair 1 exemplars
Son of Dracula 1 exemplars

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The Mammoth Book of Historical Whodunits Volume 1 (1993) — Col·laborador — 564 exemplars
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Flight or Fright (2018) — Col·laborador — 450 exemplars
Shadows Over Innsmouth (1994) — Col·laborador — 370 exemplars
The Mammoth Book of Vampires (1992) — Col·laborador — 338 exemplars
Emerald Magic: Great Tales of Irish Fantasy (2004) — Col·laborador — 334 exemplars
Great Irish Tales of Horror: A Treasury of Fear (1995) — Col·laborador — 323 exemplars
Murder in Baker Street: New Tales of Sherlock Holmes (2001) — Col·laborador — 287 exemplars
The Mammoth Book of Historical Detectives (1995) — Col·laborador; Col·laborador — 222 exemplars
The Mammoth Book of Zombies (1993) — Col·laborador — 204 exemplars
Classical Whodunits (1996) — Col·laborador — 186 exemplars
The Mammoth Book of Wolf Men (1994) — Col·laborador — 161 exemplars
The Mammoth Book of More Historical Whodunnits (2001) — Col·laborador — 148 exemplars
The Mammoth Book of Perfect Crimes & Impossible Mysteries (2006) — Col·laborador — 145 exemplars
Shakespearean Whodunnits (1997) — Col·laborador — 143 exemplars
The Big Book of Sherlock Holmes Stories (2015) — Col·laborador — 141 exemplars
The Mammoth Book of New Historical Whodunits (1993) — Col·laborador — 138 exemplars
The Mammoth Book of Roman Whodunnits (2003) — Col·laborador — 127 exemplars
Camelot Chronicles (1992) — Col·laborador — 121 exemplars
The Mammoth Book of Locked-Room Mysteries and Impossible Crimes (2000) — Col·laborador — 118 exemplars
Past Poisons (2005) — Col·laborador — 110 exemplars
Great Irish Tales of Fantasy and Myth (1994) — Col·laborador — 108 exemplars
The Mammoth Book of Frankenstein (1994) — Col·laborador — 98 exemplars
The Mammoth Book of Merlin (2009) — Col·laborador — 98 exemplars
Much Ado About Murder (2002) — Col·laborador — 98 exemplars
Dark Detectives: An Anthology of Supernatural Mysteries (1999) — Col·laborador — 93 exemplars
The Mammoth Book of Historical Crime Fiction (2011) — Col·laborador — 91 exemplars
Villains Victorious (2001) — Col·laborador — 91 exemplars
My Sherlock Holmes: Untold Stories of the Great Detective (2003) — Col·laborador — 90 exemplars
Great Irish Detective Stories (1993) — Col·laborador — 89 exemplars
Death by Dickens (2004) — Col·laborador — 85 exemplars
The Vampire Omnibus (1995) — Col·laborador — 78 exemplars
The Mammoth Book of Jacobean Whodunnits (2006) — Col·laborador — 75 exemplars
Zombies! Zombies! Zombies! (2011) — Col·laborador — 74 exemplars
Royal Whodunnits: Tales of Right Royal Murder and Mystery (1999) — Col·laborador — 70 exemplars
The Merlin Chronicles (1995) — Col·laborador — 67 exemplars
James Connolly: Selected Writings (1973) — Editor — 66 exemplars
Murder Most Medieval: Noble Tales of Ignoble Demises (2000) — Col·laborador — 65 exemplars
The Best British Mysteries 2006 (2005) — Col·laborador — 63 exemplars
The Chronicles of the Round Table (1997) — Col·laborador — 60 exemplars
Shadows 8 (1985) — Col·laborador — 59 exemplars
The Mammoth Book of Dickensian Whodunnits (2007) — Col·laborador — 57 exemplars
Sherlock Holmes: The American Years (2010) — Col·laborador — 56 exemplars
Murder Through the Ages (2000) — Col·laborador — 54 exemplars
Chillers for Christmas (1989) — Col·laborador — 49 exemplars
Halloween Horrors (1984) — Col·laborador — 49 exemplars
Dancing With the Dark (1999) — Col·laborador — 49 exemplars
In the Shadow of Frankenstein: Tales of the Modern Prometheus (2016) — Col·laborador — 44 exemplars
Final Shadows (1991) — Col·laborador — 40 exemplars
Great Irish Stories of the Supernatural (1992) — Col·laborador — 39 exemplars
Shadows 9 (1986) — Col·laborador — 37 exemplars
Murder Most Celtic: Tall Tales of Irish Mayhem (2001) — Col·laborador — 36 exemplars
The Vampire Hunter's Casebook (1996) — Col·laborador — 36 exemplars
Within the Hollow Hills: An Anthology of New Celtic Writing (1994) — Col·laborador — 33 exemplars
And the Dying is Easy (2001) — Col·laborador — 31 exemplars
Masters of Terror (1977) — Editor — 29 exemplars
The Best British Mysteries 4 (2006) — Col·laborador — 25 exemplars
Murder Most Catholic: Divine Tales of Profane Crimes (2002) — Col·laborador — 21 exemplars
The Mammoth Book of Best British Crime 10 (2013) — Col·laborador — 21 exemplars
Murder at the Races (1995) — Col·laborador — 20 exemplars
Heroic Adventure Stories: From the Golden Age of Greece and Rome (1996) — Col·laborador — 16 exemplars
The Mammoth Book of Best British Crime 11 (2014) — Col·laborador — 13 exemplars
Gaslight and Ghosts (1988) — Col·laborador — 9 exemplars
Phantoms of Venice (2007) — Col·laborador — 2 exemplars
In a Righteous Cause: Talbot Mundy in Adventure, 1913 (2009) — Introducció — 2 exemplars
The Kings of the Race of Eibhear (1370) — Pròleg, algunes edicions2 exemplars
Histoire chronologique des pays celtiques (1990) — Prefaci — 1 exemplars

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In this second collection of short stories in the Sister Fidelma series (Hemlock at Vespers is the first), we get three original stories, and the rest have appeared elsewhere. This can be frustrating for the already-initiated. I'd love to have a "dossier" or bio of Fidelma in the beginning -- she's a dalaigh, qualified to the level of anruth, etc, etc. so that these details could be left out of every story. But, I get it -- most short story collections are like this, but when they all involve the same character, it can feel tedious to go through it each time, in each story. I understand it in the books--that way they can be read out of sequence.

That aside, Fidelma fans may appreciate the appearance of characters such as Abbot Laisran, Fidelma's distant cousin/friend (not sure? varying descriptions), who appears in three different stories in the collection (see also "A Canticle for Wulfstan" in Hemlock at Vespers). Abbot Colmán, too, appears elsewhere in the Fidelmaverse. One of the more interesting stories for those wanting more of Fidelma's backstory is "The Blemish"--it is a bit of slog unless you love socratic debate, but it is nice to see Fidelma as a young law student in examination with THE Brehon Morann (of whom we hear in almost every book). Eadulf only makes one appearance in the last story, "The Lost Eagle" (and strangely, he doesn't speak). I enjoyed "The Banshee" because one of the most interesting aspects of Fildema's character is how she has to negotiate Christianity and the old religion, without dismissing the latter wholly as "superstition" and acknowledging the powertripping aspects of the former. "The Fosterer", new to the collection, is particularly sad, as no one really "wins" at the end.

The collection would work well for someone not that familiar with the series--it definitely stands alone, and readers who follow the chronology of the series might not appreciate the disruption. It is interesting to see all the different contexts, however, and amusing to see that the stories have previous appeared volumes ranging from Great Irish Drinking Stories to The Mammoth Book of Ancient Roman Whodunits.
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rebcamuse | Hi ha 3 ressenyes més | Apr 13, 2024 |
(There is a BUT in the second paragraph.) An enjoyable novel, the first in the Sister Fidelma series. The setting of the Synod of Whitby and its theological (and political) tensions are of interest to me, although the abbess Hilda is thinly drawn and dull, as a character. But Fidelma and her Seaxun colleague cum friend, Eadulf, are far better drawn, and the mystery does carry the reader along. It is not deep reading, and is not fabulously written, but it is well written and a good distraction; a good read and a promising start to the series. I will read on. HOWEVER...

Fidelma is a religious sister in 7th century Ireland, a member of the order of Saint Brigit of Kildare, which is what attracted me to the series. (Brigit herself doesn’t come up at all in the book.) There is a prologue, “Sister Fidelma’s World,” that concerns me. It gives a distorted impression of medieval Irish society, particularly as regards women. Given that the book is thirty years old, and the scholarship in the area has advanced greatly since then, this is forgiveable, but it is very unfortunate. This series continues to be read, and, if the original prologue remains, continues to reinforce a too sunny view of a time where, in fact, women were very much *not* the equals of men, despite there being ways in which they were less badly off than those on the continent. It was not, as Tremayne/Beresford Ellis says in the prologue, “an almost feminist paradise.” Nor were all people freely accorded medical care, as is suggested in the novel. He is referring to the Brehon Laws there, but whether they were actually enforced is questionable, and that they applied to the lower classes is unlikely. Ireland was a brutal land in the middle ages, which sounds practically utopian at times, here.

It is true that Ellis knows a lot about ancient Ireland and church history, and that makes the book so much richer. But do not take every point he makes as writ. Check his facts, and proceed with caution. It is entertainment, not scholarship.
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MaelBrigde | Hi ha 31 ressenyes més | Apr 11, 2024 |
Lots of challenges for Sister Fidelma as she is requested to review the murder of the High King. What first seems obvious with the apparent killer, dead by suicide at the victim's bedside soon becomes strangely questionable. Fiudelma's quest for truth challenges the obvious and her legal mindset and adroit pursuit for the truth lead to very different conclusions.
 
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jamespurcell | Hi ha 9 ressenyes més | Apr 10, 2024 |
A collection of stories about Sister Fidelma. Inevitably there is a fair amount of repetition when introducing the character in different stories, but I still enjoyed them, especially the last one, “Our Lady of Death“, which was actually quite atmospheric and creepy as a possible ghost story.
 
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Robertgreaves | Hi ha 7 ressenyes més | Mar 22, 2024 |

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