It is 664 AD, Ireland. The Abbey of Durrow has an important visitor, an emissary from Rome. Naturally, at the evening meal, an extravagant dish is to be served to their guest: a great salmon. Only during the early part of the meal, Sister Fidelma’s presence is required in the kitchen by Abbot Laisran. The fish has gone missing, along with the man who has been cooking it. And the abbot wants the mystery cleared up before the emissary hears anything about it.
But where is the fist? And where is the cook?
Although I have a number of the Sister Fidelma Mysteries sitting on my bookshelves, I have yet to get around to reading one. So this short story is my first introduction to the sleuthing nun, and I must say, I liked her. She is sensible, logical and observant – nothing escapes her notice. I am now determined to read a full-length novel staring Sister Fidelma in the new year.
A great read!
I found this short story in, Murder Through the Ages: A Bumper Anthology of Historical Mysteries, edited by Maxim Jakubowski.