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Dancing with Demons (CD)
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Infidelity, political intrigue, unreliable household help,
religious persecution and a murder or two in seventh-century
Ireland.The Great Assembly of the five kingdoms of Ireland invites
legal advocate Fidelma of Cashel to investigate the murder of
Sechnussach, the High King, whose throat was cut as he slept in his
bedchamber. His assassin, a clan chieftain devoted to the Old
Faith, lay nearby with just enough strength before he died to
mutter a single word to the royal retainers now crowding the room.
In their quest to find out Dubh Duin's motive, Fidelma (A Prayer
for the Damned, 2007, etc.) and her husband Eadulf quickly learn
that the sentries were distracted from their post; a man who had
just had his throat cut bled surprisingly little into his
bedclothes; and a mysterious object a bishop delivered to the High
King the night before his assassination is now missing. Also
misplaced are one of the sharpest kitchen knives and a bracelet
belonging to a serving girl, who says she lost it in the king's
bedchamber, where she ought not to have been. Unless, that is, she
was the king's "second wife" while his first wife took a lover of
her own. When Fidelma and Eadulf try to track down the bishop, they
run afoul of marauding warriors bent on desecrating churches of the
New Faith and replacing the High King with a champion of the Old.A
classic puzzle deadened by throngs of unpronounceable names and
historical tidbits only a pedant could care about. (Kirkus Reviews)
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