The Leper's Bell

The Leper's Bell

Book - 2004
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A servant has been murdered and the baby in her charge has been abducted. Fidelma of Cashel has solved even more horrendous crimes in her career as an advocate but this case is different for both Sister Fidelma and her companion, Brother Eadulf because the baby who has been abducted is their son.

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A female servant, working in the palace of Colgu, King of Cashel, is found viciously slaughtered. The child she was looking after, a six-month-old baby, is missing, apparently taken by the killer.
Sister Fidelma and Brother Eadulf have dealt with many horrendous murders and kidnappings in the past but this is the most shocking. The missing baby is their own son - Alchu.
Fidelma's brother, King Colgu, and his advisors insist that she is too emotionally involved to undertake the investigation of her missing child herself. But undaunted and supported by Eadulf, Fidelma sets out, even when there are no apparent clues, to find out whether her baby has been kidnapped or worse.
What is the involvement of a dwarf who carries a leper's bell? Who is the mysterious stranger from the east, Basil Nestorios? Are the Ui Fidgente, the old blood enemies of Fidelma's family, involved? What is the role of Della, an old friend whom Fidelma has defended in the past? Is there a traitor among King Colgu's advisors?
And is there a terrible secret that lurks among the mist-shrouded western mountains of Sliabh Mis, and who is its evil 'Lord of the Passes'?
The journey is harsh and unforgiving and Fidelma is in constant physical danger. She also has to wrestle with her own feelings towards her baby as well as questioning her relationship with Eadulf. It proves to be one of the most complex and emotionally draining mysteries that Sister Fidelma and Brother Eadulf have ever sought to unravel.

Publisher: London : Headline, 2004
ISBN: 9780755302253
0755302257
Branch Call Number: TRE
Characteristics: 276 p

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Mar 11, 2016

Sometimes a series such as this can get a little stale after more than a dozen books, but Leper's Bell is one of the strongest Fidelma mysteries so far. A good balance between plot twists, character development, and action, all shrouded nicely in the richness of historical and cultural flavor.

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