Philip Freeman Coffee Hour & Book Signing: THE GOSPEL OF MARY
Date: December 17
Time: 2:00 - 3:30 PM
Location: Dragonfly Books
Dragonfly Books welcomes one-time Decorah author Philip Freeman for a Coffee Hour & Book Signing with his latest novel in the Sister Deirdre Mysteries, The Gospel of Mary (Pegasus Books 2017). Guests will have the opportunity to chat with Freeman one-on-one, share a cup of coffee, and get their book signed on Sunday, December 17 at 2:00 - 3:30 pm at Dragonfly Books.
A one time Decorah resident, Philip Freeman holds the Qualley Chair of Classical Languages at Luther College. He is the author of several books including a number of nonfiction titles and his fictional Sister Deirdre series, Saint Brigid’s Bones (Pegasus Books 2014) and Sacrifice (Pegasus Books 2015). Freeman currently lives in Malibu, California.
In The Gospel of Mary, an old and dying nun has turned up at Deirdre’s monastery in sixth-century Ireland with an ancient manuscript claiming to be a previously unknown gospel written by Mary, the mother of Jesus. With the church authorities seeking to destroy the manuscript, Deirdre must set out across Ireland to seek safety and discover the mysteries of the manuscript.
What the reviewers are saying about The Gospel of Mary:
“A fascinating look into the world of druids and Christians in sixth-century Ireland.” -- Suspense Magazine
“This is a goodly yarn, complete with its fascinating and colorful historical and cultural context, not to mention its dangers and horrors.” -- The Providence Journal
“Philip Freeman creates convincing characters who use realistic dialogue. All books about Celtic heritage should be this readable.” -- Irish American News
Everyone is invited to join Dragonfly Books with Philip Freeman on Sunday, December 17 at 2:00 - 3:30 pm. If you find that you can't make it to the event but would still like to purchase one of Freeman’s books, just give Dragonfly Books a call at 563-382-4275. One of the Dragonfly Books staff will be glad to reserve a book and have it autographed for you.
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?
Trained as a bard and raised by a druid grandmother, she must draw upon all of her skills, both as a bard and as a nun, to find the bones before the convent begins to lose faith.
Someone is killing the nuns of Ireland.
The grisly discovery of an elderly sister of Saint Brigid's monastery strangled, bled dry, and thrown into a bog is just the beginning. Soon a beautiful young nun is found decapitated and hung from a barren tree.