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THE GOSPEL OF MARY
A young Irish nun finds herself the guardian of a mysterious manuscript claiming to be the lost gospel of Mary, when she realizes that church authorities are willing to kill to get their hands on it . . .
LIBRARY JOURNAL Starred Review & Debut of the Month: “Freeman’s first novel has a strong atmosphere, absorbing, well-drawn characters, and a compelling plot. Fans of Tremayne’s “Sister Fidelma” series will want to give this a try. It may also be of interest to those who like series set in Roman and pre-Roman Britain, such as those by Kelli Stanley or Ruth Downie.”
SUSPENSE MAGAZINE: “A fascinating look into the world of druids and Christians in sixth-century Ireland. I put his work up there with Rosemary Sutcliff’s wonderful novels. I was drawn into the imagery and pacing and hope there is more of Deidre to come.”
HISTORICAL NOVELS REVIEW: “Freeman drives a quick pace with characters that are well-crafted and dynamic. His writing and sense of place and time easily set the reader in an ancient Ireland so foreign yet incredibly familiar.”
THE GOSPEL OF MARY
Sister Dierdre Mysteries, Book 3
By Philip Freeman
Pegasus * September 2017 * 336 pages
An old and dying nun has turned up at Deirdre's monastery in Ireland with an ancient manuscript on a papyrus roll. When Deirdre reads the first line, she realizes it claims to be a previously unknown gospel written by Mary, the mother of Jesus.
The church authorities in Rome have been seeking to destroy this gospel for centuries, claiming it is a forgery that threatens the very foundations of the faith.
Deirdre begins to translate the gospel, but when a delegate of the pope arrives in Kildare searching for the text, she must set out across Ireland seeking safety as the church and its henchmen are hot on her trail. What does the gospel say? And why is the church so afraid of it?
Philip Freeman received his Ph.D. in Classics and Celtic Studies at Harvard University and holds the Qualley Chair of Classical Languages at Luther College. He is the author of thirteen books, including a number of nonfiction titles and his fictional Sister Deirdre series, Saint Brigid’s Bones and Sacrifice, and now GOSPEL OF MARY. His most recent work, Searching for Sappho, was published by W. W. Norton in 2016.
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