if the livelihood of your entire community depended on your ability to
solve a mystery? Sister Deirdre has been tapped by her abbess to find
the missing bones of her convent's most holy nun. Without the relics,
the pilgrimages will cease, plunging the sisters into poverty.
I never meant to burn down the church.—Saint Brigid's Bones: A Celtic Adventure by Philip Freeman (Pegasus, 2014, p. 1)
That's what I kept telling myself as I stood in front of Sister Anna's hut.
- Setting: Ireland, 6th century
- Circumstances: When the bones of Sister Brigid, who would later become a patron saint of Ireland, disappear from the convent's church, Sister Deirdre is put in charge of the investigation
- Characters: Sister Deirdre and members of her secular family; Sister Dari, her friend; Sister Anna, the abbess; other nuns; a neighboring abbot and his monks; King Dulaing and his sons; various outlaws, farmers, and townsfolk
- Genre: historical mystery
- Themes: family, women's place in early Christianity, competing belief systems
- Why I want to read this: I haven't started this yet, but the character of Sister Deirdre intrigues me: she was once married and a nobelwoman, she was raised by a druid grandmother, and she was trained as a bard. I'm curious why she decided to become nun and how and why she burned down the church. I'm drawn to the setting of Medieval Ireland, and I love a good mystery.
- Miscellaneous: The author is a Celtic scholar; thus the period details should be accurate