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By Peter Tremayne

In Behold a light Horse Peter Tremayne brings us a difficult case of homicide and conspiracy within the pagan wilds of Northern Italy

In 664 A.D., simply after the occasions special in Shroud for the Archbishop, Fidelma of Cashel takes a unforeseen detour on her journey domestic from Rome. whereas within the port at Genua (modern day Genoa), Fidelma―sister of 1 Ireland's kings and an suggest in her country's legislation courts―receives be aware that one in all her previous lecturers, Brother Ruadan, is achieving the top of his days. made up our minds to work out her previous mentor one final time, Fidelma takes the treacherous trip to a distant abbey within the countryside―a position the place the outdated pagan faith nonetheless has a carry and the place even the Christians are usually in bloody clash with one another. yet after she hears her loss of life teacher's final phrases, Fidelma's most deadly experience has simply started. With one homicide after the subsequent and a vicious struggle within the offing, it really is as much as Fidelma, by myself and on her personal, to resolve a unprecedented conspiracy earlier than it truly is too late.

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And? ’ ‘You supplied the final clue – you instructed me Servillius was once a patronymic. You admitted that the abbot used to be happy with his old patrician roots during this quarter. ’ Venerable Ionas was once frowning thoughtfully. ‘So I gave you this final clue? definite, I take into accout telling you in regards to the identify …’ A suspicous glance all of sudden crossed his face. ‘Are you suggesting that I led you on a fake path? ’ ‘It is extra advanced than that,’ answered Fidelma. ‘The individual in the back of this could make a superb fidchell participant. ’ ‘A what? ’ ‘It is a board online game performed in my kingdom, and its identify potential “wooden wisdom”. in lots of methods it truly is like ludus latrunculorum, the board online game of army strategies that's performed right here during this nation. ’ ‘I nonetheless locate it tough to keep on with your reasoning. ’ ‘There is a grasp participant, a strategist taken with this topic; she or he has laid out every part in order that i've been led right into a blind alley. she or he idea that it is going to take me longer to paintings issues out, yet realising that i used to be presently to confront the abbot, additionally they realised it was once too quickly for his or her function. this is the reason, I’m afraid, Abbot Servillius needed to die. i believe he was once killed quickly after he arrived again within the abbey the day gone by. ’ ‘It sounds as if you recognize the identification of this strategist, as you name him. ’ ‘In my country,’ answered Fidelma, ‘we have a announcing: “woe to him whose betrayer sits at his table”. ’ there has been the sound of raised voices on the major door and a second later Magister Ado got here hurrying into the corridor; at the back of him was once Brother Faro. ‘Is it actual? ’ he demanded, taking a look at Venerable Ionas. ‘I have simply back from Travo to be greeted by way of the scoop that Abbot Servillius is useless – that he has been murdered. ’ ‘News turns out to shuttle quickly,’ Fidelma muttered. ‘As a ways because the abbey gates,’ Magister Ado spoke back with uncharacteristic sharpness. ‘Brother Wulfila simply advised me. I met with Brother Faro at the long ago. We heard not anything till we arrived the following. So it's actual? ’ ‘I am afraid it truly is actual, Brother,’ admitted Venerable Ionas. ‘The abbot used to be overwhelmed to demise, his cranium beaten. ’ Magister Ado crossed himself rapidly. ‘Deus adjuvat nos,’ he muttered piously. ‘Has the offender been stuck? ’ ‘Alas, no. ’ ‘Is it recognized who did this? ’ ‘I imagine so,’ Fidelma spoke back. ‘And we would lay many deaths at his door. ’ ‘Many deaths? ’ queried Magister Ado. ‘I imagine our Hibernian sister potential the demise of woman Gunora and others. ’ Magister Ado’s expression used to be grim. ‘We reside in evil instances, Fidelma. we're pawns among the pursuits of Grimoald and Perctarit. Abbot Servillius gave sanctuary to Prince Romuald, and as soon as it was once identified to humans like Bishop Britmund, it can became identified to people who was hoping to exploit the prince to assault the daddy. I recommend Abbot Servillius used to be murdered in retaliation for giving preserve to the younger boy. ’ ‘I don't imagine so,’ contradicted Fidelma in a quiet voice. Venerable Ionas and Magister Ado have been either taking a look at her optimistically. ‘You acknowledged that you just imagine you recognize who did this and that he's nonetheless within the abbey,’ Venerable Ionas stated.

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