02 December 2014

Today's Read: Saint Brigid's Bones by Philip Freeman

What 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.

That's what I kept telling myself as I stood in front of Sister Anna's hut.
Saint Brigid's Bones: A Celtic Adventure by Philip Freeman (Pegasus, 2014, p. 1)

Quick Facts
  • 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


Suzie Quint 12/2/14, 6:46 AM  

What a provocative teaser.

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(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea 12/2/14, 6:48 AM  

That intro really draws you in. I would read more.

LoveBites AndSilk 12/2/14, 6:55 AM  

Intriguing teaser. Why did she burn down the church, I wonder.
Here's my teaser:

(Diane) bookchickdi 12/2/14, 7:20 AM  

This is a book I want to read, thanks for bringing it to my attention.

Deasy Yolanda 12/2/14, 7:35 AM  

really love this one! i'll make sure to put it on my TBR list. thanks for sharing and hope you enjoy your week.

nishitak 12/2/14, 7:37 AM  

This sounds great. I love historical mysteries in general :)

Kim@Time2Read 12/2/14, 8:01 AM  

Intriguing! Now I want to know more!
Today I'm featuring 'Dorothy Must Die' by Danielle Paige.

Laura Thomas 12/2/14, 8:56 AM  

Her history makes me wonder why she became a nun. Not my normal read but I think I'd like this one.
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bermudaonion 12/2/14, 9:23 AM  

I'm not sure about the 6th Century setting but that teaser really captures my interest!

madamevauquer 12/2/14, 9:29 AM  

Sister Deirdre sounds like an interesting character. A great way to learn a bit about the period too.

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Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow 12/2/14, 10:12 AM  

That's a lot of pressure to solve the mystery!

Sounds intriguing...thanks for sharing and enjoy; and thanks for visiting my blog.

Nise' 12/2/14, 10:30 AM  

What a great teaser, it just begs me to find out more.

Margot 12/2/14, 11:48 AM  

That first line got me. Now I want to know more.

Sandra Nachlinger 12/2/14, 12:07 PM  

What a great opening! I've been fascinated by historical fiction recently so this book definitely captures my imagination. Another book for my TBR pile.
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Cleo Bannister 12/2/14, 1:28 PM  

I do like a bit of historical fiction and this sounds particularly good. Thanks for visiting my TT https://cleopatralovesbooks.wordpress.com/2014/12/02/teaser-tuesday-december-2/

Vicki 12/2/14, 1:38 PM  

I'm a very big fan of novels that take place in Medieval times, but the fact that it's set in Ireland does interest me.

Heather 12/2/14, 2:10 PM  

Love the teaser - it definitely makes you want to read more. Mine: The Heart of Christmas

JoAnn 12/2/14, 2:57 PM  

I like the intro, but am not sure about the 6th century setting.

Greg 12/2/14, 3:56 PM  

This looks interesting- medieval Ireland, a bard , early Christianity in the isles- I think I'd like to read this one too!

grammajudyb 12/2/14, 4:40 PM  

I love a good mystery and Irish setting. How can I go wrong? Thanks for sharing. Will look forward to your thoughts.

Claudia {Sparrowhawk} 12/2/14, 6:13 PM  

Wow! I'm utterly taken up in this teaser! What happened!? No, what happens next!? Great post! :)

booksaremyfavouriteandbest 12/2/14, 9:11 PM  

I'm not a mystery fan but that opening line is good! Keep reading.

Yvonne 12/2/14, 10:22 PM  

This sounds very intriguing. I think I'd enjoy it.

Verushka Byrow 12/3/14, 5:00 AM  

Ireland! that certainly has piqued my interest... I also think she's probs in a bit of trouble after that!

Eustacia Tan 12/3/14, 6:14 AM  

This sounds really good! I'll have to put it on my TBR list straight away!

cynthiastacey.com 12/3/14, 7:33 AM  

Great teaser, sounds like an interesting read. Thanks for stopping by my site :)

Lexxie Lin 12/3/14, 11:53 AM  

You know that something like your teaser actually happened for real here this summer? Two kids around 9 years old were playing, and went into a church to light a candle. When the candle fell down, they wanted to cover it with something before they left the church, and most of the church did burn down...

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kelley jensen 12/4/14, 1:39 AM  

Oh yes, I'd read this one. I like the beginning very much. Have a nice week. kelley—the road goes ever ever on

Daryl 12/4/14, 10:55 AM  

Interesting … in another medieval series i read on/off it was explained that widows often entered the convent so as not to have to marry again … in any case this one sounds interesting and i am adding it to my list .. thanks

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