Tremayne continues to confound with twisted plots and multiple murders. Fidelma is sent by her brother King Colgu to negotiate the establishment of a Christian church in a remote mountain enclave resistant to the new faith. On the way there with her companion Brother Eadulf, they come upon what appears to be the pagan ritual murder of 33 unfortunate victims. Fidelma is determined to investigate and fulfill her task before returning to her brother but only encounters more mysteries to puzzle her. Things take a turn for the worse and the stakes are raised when she finds another dead body and is herself accused of murder.
A very good mystery with a somewhat surprise ending when the evil doer is revealed. However, shortly before the end, you are offered a good hint as to who the evil doer is, if you pay attention. And finally Brother Eadulf gets to do more than look on and make mistakes. Although getting drunk wasn't one of his better ideas.
Sister Fidelma, on a mission to her brother the king of Muman, finds the bodies of 33 slaughtered men, all covered in scars from an ancient pagan ritual. As an advocate of the Brehon law courts, Fidelma must learn who or what is behind the shocking massacre before it threatens the peace of her brother's kingdom.