Sister Deirdre Volume Three!
The Gospel of Mary by Philip Freeman
My thanks go out to my contacts at Pegasus Books, Iris Blasi, Katie McGuire, and Maia Larson, for my copy of this book! Rock on!
An elderly nun, Sister Branwen, arrives at Kildare with a scroll of high value. Passing it off to Sister Deirdre, she gasps that they will be coming for it. She lapses into a coma and dies without speaking again.
Sister Branwen was in possession of a scroll supposedly written by the Virgin Mary. It is written in Aramaic, which Sister Deirdre and Father Ailbe are able to read and translate.
In order to do this, Sister Deirdre and her friend Sister Dari must find a place to hide. The Church of Rome has been trying to trace and destroy this scroll for years. Whether or not the scroll is genuine, it would cause further argument and chaos in the church which must be avoided at any cost! The Pope himself has sent Brother Bartholomew as an emissary with the authority to destroy the scroll and anyone who knows its secret by any means necessary!
I believe that the Sister Deirdre series may be favorably compared to Peter Tremayne’s Sister Fidelma series. Both take place in ancient Ireland and deal with the mysterious, church policy, and Rome’s rise to total domination of the Catholic Church. Where Fidelma is a Princess and Lawyer as well as a religious; Deirdre is both a Christian and a Druid Bard. Both women have to balance the two sides of their life.
I have been a fan of Sister Deirdre from the first book in the series, and I hope to see many more books to come. I give the book five stars plus!
Quoth the Raven…