By Peter Tremayne
In the overdue seventh Century, the excessive King of eire is killed at evening in the midst of his compound. Who killed him isn't really in query - there are unimpeachable witnesses that time on to the extended family chieftain liable. Dubh Duin is, in the end, came across by way of the excessive King's guards within the excessive King's mattress chamber preserving the homicide weapon. yet with imminent civil battle within the stability, the cause for the homicide turns into of paramount value.
The leader Brehon of eire asks Fidelma of Cashel - sister to the King of Muman and a dailagh - to enquire. What her investigations display is an complicated internet of conspiracy and deception that threatens to unbalance the 5 kingdoms and ship them spiralling right into a violent and bloody civil warfare and spiritual clash. And it really is as much as Fidelma not to in simple terms see to justice yet to avoid the violent fracturing of an more and more fragile peace.