Céad Míle Fáilte! A Thousand Welcomes to the Sister
Fidelma Mysteries website. This site is provided for everyone interested in
Peter Tremayne's international bestselling mystery series and, indeed, to those
interested in all his work both as Peter Tremayne and his non-fiction work as
the Celtic Scholar Peter Berresford Ellis. It is provided free of charge through the courtesy of The International
Sister Fidelma Society.
would like to point out that this is a Society of volunteer workers,
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MOST FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION...
"When is the next Sister Fidelma book coming out?"
MOST FREQUENTLY GIVEN ANSWER...
Depends if you are following the UK publications or the US publications:
- Newest title - REVENGE OF THE STORMBRINGER -
published by Headline in the UK July 2023 (US
- Severn House December 2023) in hardback and Kindle
DEATH OF A HERETIC - Paperback was
published by Headline in the UK March 2023 (US
- Severn House April 2023)
For eBooks check publishers' websites, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Waterstones, etc.
If you're interested in foreign language titles, or other formats of the books, click HERE
To recap the titles IN
PUBLICATION ORDER (another common question):
Absolution By Murder (1994)
Shroud for the Archbishop (1995)
Suffer Little Children (1995)
The Subtle Serpent (1996)
The Spider's Web (1997)
of the Shadow (1998)
The Monk Who Vanished (1999)
of Mercy (1999)
Our Lady of Darkness (2000)
Hemlock At Vespers (2000)
Smoke in the Wind (2001)
The Haunted Abbot (2002)
Badger’s Moon (2003)
Whispers of the Dead (2004)
The Leper's Bell (2004)
Master of Souls (2005)
A Prayer for the Damned (2006)
Dancing with Demons (2007)
The Council of the Cursed
The Dove of Death (July 2009)
The Chalice of Blood (July 2010)
Behold A Pale Horse (July 2011)*
The Seventh Trumpet (July 2012)
Atonement of Blood (July 2013)
The Devil's Seal (July 2014)
The Second Death (July 2015)
Penance of the Damned (July 2016)
Night of the Lightbringer (July 2017)
Die Wahrheit ist der Lüge Tod
Bloodmoon (July 2018)
Blood in Eden (July 2019)
The Shapeshifter's Lair (September 2020)
The House of Death (July 2021)
Death of a Heretic (July 2022)
Revenge of the Stormbringer (July 2023)
See the listing for this title on THE BOOKS page for
See the listing
for this title on the OTHER EDITIONS page for
LOOKING TO PURCHASE THE SISTER
FIDELMA NOVELS IN A VARIETY OF FORMATS FROM AMAZON (US)?
NEWSPOINTS - UPDATED
FINALLY GETTING TELEVISION TREATMENT?!
As we bring 2023 to a
close - at least as far as The Brehon
issues are concerned - we do so with a
BANG! Members will know what I
mean when they read the lead article - an
article we've been wanting to write for many
years now, and one which members have equally
wanted to read. We need say no more about the
subject, as the article speaks for itself.
This issue's contents?
NEWS FIDELMA FANS HAVE BEEN WAITING
FOR: TELEVISION DEVELOPMENTS!
- Fidelma’s World of Books
- The Voice of Fidelma:
Caroline Lennon has Read Every
Fidelma Title on Audible
- Surprise Tremayne Title
- Peter’s First Book in
- Whatever Happened to the
- A National Treasure
- Incredible Drone
Displays Show What Unfinished
Buildings Could Look Like
- An Unexpected Review
by Theresa Tomlinson
- Peter’s Other Dramatic
Options and Play Performances
- Wanted: Actors for Lead
Roles in Television Series
- and more...
As always, we would
ask for your help in spreading word about our
Society on every social media platform
available. This is more important than ever, now
that the wheels of the engine are finally
Not to let them fade from your
memories, but we wouldn't be doing our job it we
didn’t remind you about the Society's book
publications (details elsewhere on this page),
and the fact that they would make excellent
gifts for the upcoming holidays season(s).
Those titles may be purchased through the
author's Amazon page at
As to renewing your membership, the quickest
way is always through our payment portal at
So, grab your bucket of popcorn, sit
back, and watch the world of Fidelma FINALLY
reach the eyes and ears of the entire world, and
not just our dedicated group of rabid consumers
of 7th century Irish crime fiction. 2024 looks
bright indeed for our author and his creation.
A SPECIAL BONUS FOR
those of you who have already purchased
The Sister Fidelma Compendium: A Reader’s
Guide to the Sister Fidelma Mysteries of Peter
Tremayne will know (wait…
what???... you haven’t ALL
purchased it yet?... the chastising shall
commence… see below for complete details), owing
to the sheer length of the book, I was forced to
publish this in black and white/greyscale,
rather than color. In color, it would have sold
for 3-4 times as much, and then NONE
of you would have bought it.
aside, the one comment I have continued to
receive is “It’s a pity we can’t see more detail
in the illustration of King Colgu’s Fortress,”
showing the Rock as it would most likely have
stood in Fidelma’s time. Most readers of The
Sister Fidelma Mysteries (though not YOU,
of course) often mistakenly envision the title
character residing on the Rock of Cashel as it
now stands. In truth, one would need to
completely raze the entire top of The Rock of
all its 11th-century-forward ecclesiastical
buildings and travel back several centuries to
before Fidelma's time (the 7th century) to see
what was most likely built atop the plateau.
I created the conceptual layout of the Royal
Fortress of King Colgú atop The Rock of Cashel,
ca. 7th century, specifically for
The Compendium. The structures
were proposed by Peter Tremayne “from ancient
Irish records, in the myths, the annals and
chronicles, as well as archaeological evidence,”
so you know there could be no better source. I
can guarantee you not a single tour guide atop
The Rock today has even the slightest clue about
any of this. But
have now added both a small and large poster
version of the same illustration as appears in
the book, in full color, through the Society’s
CafePress page at
Just as with the Map of Fidelma’s World
(also on the same page), this is a high-quality
print job, suitable for framing or just stick up
with chewing gum (I don’t actually recommend the
So, head over to the Cafepress
shop to get your own copy (and no, it won’t have
all the words scribbled all over it like the
blurred sample shown)!
TWO EXCITING NEW FIDELMA BOOKS!
BODYGUARDS: Who Were The Nasc Niadh in the
Sister Fidelma Mysteries of Peter Tremayne?
FIDELMA COMPENDIUM: A Reader’s Guide to the Sister
Fidelma Mysteries of Peter Tremayne
FIDELMA'S BODYGUARDS: Who Were The Nasc
Niadh in the Sister Fidelma Mysteries of Peter Tremayne?
and Kindle Editions) – May 1, 2022
by David Robert Wooten
(Author), Peter Tremayne (Contributor)
• Publisher: Phoenix
• Language: English
Paperback and Kindle: 164 pages, extensive full-colour
photos and illustrations
Paperback ISBN: 979-8-8028-2427-6
• Kindle ASIN: B09Z9JN92K
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WHO, ARE THE NASC NIADH mentioned in
The Sister Fidelma Mysteries written by Peter
Tremayne? This is an oft-asked question of our
Society by members and readers from around the
world. One or more members of the Nasc
Niadh are listed among the Principal
Characters at the beginning of each of the
Sister Fidelma novels, usually noting that they
are the élite bodyguard to the King of Muman (Colgú).
But were they ‘real,’ or merely a ‘MacGuffin’ to
further Peter’s murder mysteries?
essay on ‘Fidelma’s Bodyguards’ details the
factual history of these ‘Champions of the
Collar’ – most assuredly not something invented
out of whole cloth by the author of this
internationally best-selling series. There was
no need to manufacture fictional characters for
these roles, as they would have been very real
members of a long and proud tradition dating
back over a millennium before Sister Fidelma was
even ‘born.’ And while Ireland saw the birth and
growth of the Nasc Niadh, the concept
was globally practiced throughout history –
under other names and on other continents – as
shall be explained by Tremayne, and additionally
in appending articles which focus on the Golden
Collars, or torcs/torques, themselves.”
Sister Fidelma’s Bodyguards
is a thorough and scholarly study, explaining
not only these warriors’ important presence in
the novels, but their actual place throughout
history – not only in Ireland, but around the
globe for centuries. Whether a devoted “Fidelmaniac”
or simply a lover of history, this tome will
fascinate. Additional articles, along with
plentiful full-colour illustrations and
photographs, detail the use of these Golden
Collars in actual practice. This book is
currently being released exclusively through
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FIDELMA COMPENDIUM: A Reader’s Guide to the Sister
Fidelma Mysteries of Peter Tremayne
(Hardcover, Paperback, and Kindle Editions) – February 15, 2022
by David Robert Wooten
(Author), Peter Tremayne (Foreword)
• Publisher: Gryfons Publishers & Distributors
• Language: English
• Hardcover, Trade
Paperback, and Kindle: 460 pages
Hardcover ISBN: 978-0965422093 ASIN: 0965422097
• Paperback ISBN: 978-0965422086 ASIN:
• Kindle ASIN:
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"FIDELMANIA!" - Livres Hebdo, Paris, May 2006
"[Fidelma]... cannot be categorized as just genre
fiction. It is literature. We can compare it to
Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose." -
Lucha Crovi, La Libertà, Italy
From the Foreword by
Peter Tremayne, creator of The Sister Fidelma
"This tome is
not only about the facts of the “Sister Fidelma Age
and Culture,” but will help the discerning reader —
or even those who just enjoy following the
adventures — in navigating the travels and travails
of Fidelma of Cashel with her faithful companion,
Brother Eadulf of Seaxmund’s Ham, of the South Folk
of East Anglia."
For true Fidelmaniacs (as diehard devotees of the
character, her creator, and the series are known), a
book such as this is long overdue, and its pages
will doubtless be quickly dog-eared by both longtime
and newly-initiated readers of Sister Fidelma and
her mysterious-murder tales. Ideally this will serve
as both reference and tribute to an author whose
works are universally read (in a plethora of
languages) and loved…
Illustrated throughout, including: Assorted
illustrations from The Sister Fidelma Mysteries
Graphic Novels; Conceptual illustration of
the Royal Fortress of King Colgú atop The Rock of
Cashel during the Sister Fidelma novels, ca. 7th
century (exclusive to this book); How Does
Peter Tremayne Murder His Victims in the Sister
Fidelma Mysteries? (pie-chart graph); Attendees of 7
different Féile Fidelmas in Cashel, and much more.
It is the editor’s hope that this work will sit
table-side, bedside, wherever-side the reader
chooses to devour the dozens of Sister Fidelma
novels and short stories penned by one of the
world’s leading Irish historiographers – ever
at-the-ready should some question arise.
One might – and I say “might” – compare it to
The Cadfael Companion, but even Peter has
proclaimed to me that this is a wholly different
type of reference book.
Foreword by Peter
Introduction by David
The Sister Fidelma Phenomenon
Fidelmania! – Livres
Was Sister Fidelma a Real
The History We Weren’t
Why Fidelma is Not a Nun:
A Review of Fidelma’s Character
Whence Cometh Brother Eadulf?
Brehon Law: The Background to The Sister Fidelma
About Peter Tremayne
The Novels – Synopses
(including Principal Character listings for each
Sister Fidelma Short
Peter Tremayne: Master of
the Short Story
Chronology of The Sister
Fidelma – A Life in
Sister Fidelma in
“Alternate” Editions – (International/Non-English
Language, Large Print, Graphic Novels, AudioBooks)
Fidelma Goes Graphic
Fidelma’s Rock? Wait an
Ostint. Not Quite...
Tremayne is NOT a Druid!
The Fascination for Sister Fidelma
Frequently Asked Questions
Is There an Historical
Model for Fidelma?
Fidelma and Flann Fína
A Reflection on Princes,
Chiefs, and Chieftains
(including an interview with “The Voice of Fidelma,”
actress Caroline Lennon)
A Succinct Review of the
An Interview with Peter
The Sister Fidelma
Mysteries: What’s the Agenda?
Successful Time Travel –
Peter Berresford Ellis and Writing Historical
Fidelma: A Model Lawyer
Smoke in the Wind and the
Kingdom of Dyfed
What the Press Has to Say
About Peter Tremayne and the Sister Fidelma
Fidelma: The Critics
Sister Fidelma: A Study
of a Clerical Detective including Reviews of Each
A Checklist of the Works
of Peter Berresford Ellis
The International Sister
Fidelma’s World (Map of
the novels’ locales – Ireland & abroad)
Towards A Bibliography of
Books Relating to Cashel and by Cashel People
The Sister Fidelma Mysteries: Essays on the
Historical Novels of Peter Tremayne, Edward J.
Rielly and David Robert Wooten, Eds. – Review –
you are excited about this book as we are announcing
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ARE DELIGHTED TO ANNOUNCE THE RETURN OF A MUCH-REQUESTED
Scréach ón Tuama (A Scream
From the Sepulchre),
by Peter Tremayne, is now available as a 36pp digital
(PDF) booklet, exclusively from The International Sister
Fidelma Society. Originally published in 2008 and now
completely out of print, it has been "revived in this
new format. Originally published by Peter (in English)
in 1998, this Irish language version
was produced in a limited run by the Society in 2008,
and is now being re-released in 2022.
This is the
first - and only - time a Sister Fidelma Mystery has
been produced in the Irish language.
Scréach ón Tuama
has been translated by Dr Gearóid Ó Laoi of Cork. As
well as the text, which is written in the standard, now
called Caighdeán, there is an introduction about the
series and selection of book reviews from the leading
Irish newspapers. The jacket illustration was provided
by Maggie Tolderlund of Peuco Editores, Fidelma's
original Argentinean publishers, and there are also
colour photographs inside.
Order your digital
copy today by clicking the above ONLINE STORE
FÉILE FIDELMA 2019 - A HUGE SUCCESS!
was wonderful to rekindle old acquaintances, make MANY new ones (wow,
did we have a lot of new attendees!), and enjoy what we said all along
would be a GREAT Féile.
above photo, by Sean Laffey of the Sister Fidelma Committee of the
Cashel Arts Fest, shows our largest group yet, which thrills me no end.
Those with sharp eyes will see our newest Fidelmaniac – Maggie
Tolderlund and her husband Danny’s wee child (Emily Kenneally also
brought along Cormac, her 18-month-old baby just so everyone had an
to coo and make strange faces at small people).
Be sure to keep checking the FÉILE
portion of our website for photos from the various lectures and
excursions, as soon as attendees get back home from over a dozen
far-flung countries worldwide.
Here’s hoping best of health and recovery to all of those who were ill during this past weekend, and a HUGE
round of thanks to the much-abbreviated Fidelma Committee of the Cashel
Arts Fest for pulling off another exciting event for all.
Remember, you can still purchase copies of the weekend’s programme booklet here on the Society website in the ONLINE STORE. And we will be updating
the CafePress Fidelma collection with the new Fidelma image shortly.
We HOPE (no promises) to see all (and even more) at another future gathering!!
A "NEW" FIDELMA FOR 2018! - by David Robert Wooten, Director
Fidelmaniacs around the world will be eminently familiar with the
iconic image of Sister Fidelma used on virtually all of the Society's website
pages, program booklets, flyers, etc. This beautiful painting, with which I
fell in love many years ago, was graciously provided to the Society by Hans van
den Boom of Peter's Dutch Publisher (and the publisher of the brilliant new
graphic novels) De Leeskamer. I think all will
agree on this image has been a wonderful depiction of the good Sister. However,
as one who has to work with the image from a graphic/creative standpoint, I
have always had to accommodate for the original image's layout within a Celtic
knot framework, which essentially "lopped off" the back 1/3 of her
head. I have usually made some sort of
modification in my own projects to take
this into account, but I have felt, for years, that we needed an
"updated" - and "freestanding" - image of the good Sister
for use as we enter the 18th year of our existence.
With that in mind, I contacted a
brilliant artist, and good friend, Eric Müller, who has rendered a wide variety
of illustrations through the years of the famous, infamous, celebrity, or
common man (he even rendered both my daughter and
me in amazingly accurate portrait style). In fact, his amazing portrait of Fidelma's creator is now forever part of
a large tribute piece presented to the author during the anniversary months of
his 50th year of publishing, his 100th title actually published, and even his
75th birthday. Each of these individual events is a milestone in itself, but
combined I think you will agree that something special had to be done.
As noted, I took it upon myself
to have rendered not only the creator of the titular character of the Fidelma series but the good Sister herself.
Unaccustomed as Eric was to rendering a character completely out of "thin
air" as one might say, I gave him both Peter's own descriptions of the character from the novels, as well as an
actual living, breathing actress, I felt embodied the look and character
of Fidelma. After a few back-and-forths, Eric came up with the beautiful image you see here (and, once again, I am in
love with this woman). Peter agrees with me that this rendition of his creation
is both lovely and true to form (which was my ultimate hope).
Peter then immediately chimed in with "Naturally you are going to
have her rendered in color," a process
which I had already undertaken when he commanded such a task. I had turned to
longtime friend and equally brilliant artist
Franchesco! for suggestions as to
qualified artist who could color the good Sister to my standards. He noted that
he, himself, was not accustomed to
coloring other artists' works, as he did not want
to enforce his style onto their artwork.
While Eric is a brilliant penciller and
inker, his coloring work is primarily confined
to using colored pencils to render
original artwork (with wonderful
So, as I patiently waited for Franchesco! to provide contact information and samples of qualified colorists,
imagine my surprise, delight, and amazement when Franchesco! emailed me back - not with the names of other
artists, but with his own digital
coloring of the good Sister, now seen at upper right on this page and front-and-center
of our lead page. With only a few minor
tweaks requested by me, we ended up with what I consider to be a true image of
Fidelma, and someone to whom I would
gladly play Eadulf against in the novels.
I certainly hope you will all agree with the ultimate depiction of “David’s
Fidelma,” and welcome your comments via email to
FRONT PAGE UPDATE!
Just as we updated the look
of Sister Fidelma on our website
and elsewhere, we felt we were long overdue for a bit of added
"character" to the main page of the website. After all, this is the
page that's meant to lure in the Fidelma
fan, fellow Fidelmaniac, and hopefully, potential International Sister Fidelma
Society member. Yes, we all love the good Sister, but the "bottom
line," as it were, is that we are always recruiting to bring more fellow
Fidelma fans into the fold (and your help is ALWAYS needed!!).
So, to spruce up our intro
page, we scoured the web for some appropriate Celtic music. We wanted something
that was well short of Dropkick Murphy (whose music we certainly appreciate) and
more like Enya (but a bit more Irish, sans vocals, and without the potential to
quickly lull the listener to sleep). If you take a listen to the tune,
we believe we have succeeded in this task - at least in our ever-humble opinion.
But all that simply
wasn't enough. What if someone is coming to our page had no
idea who Sister Fidelma was (heaven forefend!)? They would need someone to
quickly and succinctly explain who, what, where, and why, in hopes that the
visitor will want to delve further into Fidelma's World. And it took no thought
at all on our part to decide upon the narrator of this brief but important
voiceover - "The Voice of Fidelma" herself.
Our dear friend
Caroline Lennon has narrated every Audible
Sister Fidelma title, plus more, on cassette tape and now CDs. You listen to
her narration and are easily taken back to 7th century Ireland. You hear her
speaking Irish words you had no hope of
pronouncing correctly (though Peter notes this really isn’t that important when
reading the books – see our FAQs page) and think “Oh, THAT’S how you say that
word or phrase!”
So, we sent Caroline an initial script which she tweaked
ever-so-slightly, putting her own feeling
and emphasis to the sentences, teasing
the listener just enough to invite them into Fidelma’s World, as if they would
truly be missing out if they did not follow her lead.
We cannot thank Caroline enough
for her participation in this overall team effort, updating and enhancing the
website to hopefully bring in a fresh batch of Fidelmaniacs who have been
quietly lurking in the shadows, waiting for someone to ask them to come in. As
ever, our heartfelt thanks go out to Caroline, as they should from all members
of the Society.
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TITLE ABOUT FIDELMA AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE!
The Sister Fidelma Mysteries - Essays on the Historical Novels of Peter Tremayne
Edited by Edward J. Rielly and David Robert Wooten
Print ISBN: 978-0-7864-6667-2; Ebook ISBN: 978-1-4766-0034-5; notes, bibliographies, index; 239pp. softcover (6 x 9) 2012
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About the Book
is a collection of new essays on Peter Tremayne’s Sister Fidelma
novels, which feature Sister Fidelma’s attempts to solve a wide range
of crimes, often murders that occur under especially mysterious
conditions. The novels, set mainly in 7th century Ireland, also include
a great deal of history, which is not surprising given that the author
is actually Peter Berresford Ellis,
a noted Celtic historian. Some of the essays analyze aspects of the
novels, focusing especially on the protagonist and her partner in
detection and, ultimately, husband, Brother Eadulf. Other essays place
Fidelma and the novels within the tradition of detective fiction. Still
others explore the historical, intellectual, spiritual and geographical
contexts for her labors. Also included are accounts of the author’s
career, the International Sister Fidelma Society, and the biennial
Sister Fidelma conferences held
in Cashel, Ireland.
About the Authors
J. Rielly is a professor of English at Saint Joseph’s College of Maine.
He has presented papers at the annual Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball
and American Culture as well as other conferences. He is the author of
about two dozen books and lives in Westbrook, Maine. David Robert
Wooten is director of The International Sister Fidelma Society and
editor of its magazine, The
Brehon. He lives in Little Rock, Arkansas.
FIDELMA'S WORLD MAP COMPLETELY UPDATED
As most of you know, for some time there has been a map of
Fidelma’s travels available for sale in support of the Society. Most of the
books come with a simple lineart map, showing details of that particular novel,
but nowhere else will you find a chart noting all of the good Sister’s travels
(granted, some are still in far-off lands, remote from Éire, but are so noted
on the map).
While the map has always been reasonably well received,
we have never been thoroughly satisfied with it. Thus, when it came time to update
the map to Peter’s latest title (The Chalice of Blood)*, we felt a major
overhaul was in order.
The new map features all of the same locations, updated with
the latest titles, but the map itself is much more aesthetically pleasing.
Plus, it is now available in a larger, and easier to read, 23” x 35” size, as
well as a smaller 11” x 17” mini poster print.
So, if you’ve been holding out on this map, now is the time
to buy one. Or, if you bought one of the original/earlier versions, now’s the
time to update! The prints, from CafePress, are extremely well done, and are
available unframed, as well as framed in smaller sizes.
You can see these new items – as well as all other Sister
Fidelma merchandise, including Féile Fidelma 2010! Items (and 2008!, and 2006!)
– via our CafePress shop at http://www.cafepress.com/eclecticon.
Just look for the INTERNATIONAL SISTER FIDELMA SOCIETY shop amidst all the
*THE MAP IS NOW UPDATED THROUGH
BLOODMOON, IN 2018!
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