The Shapeshifter’s Lair by Peter Tremayne
Sister Fidelma, later in the series Lady Fidelma of Cashel, is
a dálaigh or lawyer in the courts of ancient Ireland, qualified to one level below a judge. With her companion and later husband, the Saxon Brother Eadulf, himself a sort of sheriff in his native country, they solve mysteries in Ireland and beyond.
The stories are set in the 660s.
A peddler comes to the Abbey of the Blessed Cáemgen to report a body on the side of the trail. The body turns out to be Brehon Brocc. His companions,
Princess Gelgéis and her steward, Speláin are missing!
Princess Gelgéis is engaged to King Colgù, brother of Fidelma. Word is sent to Cashel, and Colgù
sends Fidelma and Eadulf to investigate. Since the Abbey lies in Laigin, recently at war with Muman and King Colgù over the territory of Osraige and tribute, this is met with some trepidation.
There are times when Fidelma and Eadulf find themselves in danger from the various Lords of the region and their bodyguards. A powerful local Lord has them kidnapped and brought to his castle. He is a proud man and may or may not be involved
in the disappearance of Princess Gelgéis. Certainly, he has no great love for Muman and Colgù, and worries about the marriage causing Muman to gain more power.
lady keeps telling Fidelma that shapeshifters are real and that she isn’t seeing the real picture. The trail will be long and bloody to the final shapeshifter’s lair.
give the book a tremendous five stars. Probably the best yet.
Quoth the Raven…