The Novice's Tale (Sister Frevisse, Bk 1)
The Novice's Tale - Sister Frevisse, Bk 1 Author:Margaret Frazer To the priory a lady came for mischief... and for murder. — It is the year of Our Lord's grace 1431, and the nuns of England's St. Frideswide sweetly chant their Paternosters behind gracious, trellised walls. But their quiet lives are shattered by the unwelcome visit of the hard-drinking, blaspheming dowager Lady Ermentrude, with... more » her retinue of lusty maids and men, baying hounds, and even a pet monkey in tow. The lady demands wine, a feast, and her niece, the frail and saintly novice Thomasine.
What she gets is her own strange and sudden death.
Sister Frevisse, hosteler of the priory and amateur sleuth, fears murder. The most likely suspect is pious Thomasine... but Frevisse alone detects a clever web spun to entangle an innocent nun in the most unholy of passions -- and the deadliest of deeds.
In the tradition of Ellis Peter's Brother Cadfael novels, Sister Frevisse is sinfully good at discerning the mysteries of the soul... and solving the crimes of the human heart.« less
First in the Sister Frevisse Medieval Mysteries series. I have read better in the medieval mystery category. I didn't think the main character was developed that well and I didn't get attached to her like I do in the works I really enjoy. Also, the perpetrator was not much of a "mystery" to me. I am not the most astute in guessing villains but did so here! I have decided to try another 1 or 2 of her books to see if this changes.
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I was really disappointed in this book; it is the first in a long series, and I was hoping for a great list of books to look forward to. But, alas, it didn't hold my interest, so I guess it's a one-off.
I really enjoyed this book. It is well written. It got very exciting at the end where you could not put the book down until the even end. It is one of those mystery where you thought you knew who did it but at the end you were wrong.
This is the first in a series of mysteries set in England in the 1400s. The sleuth is a nun living in a small rural cloister. Part history lesson, part social commentary, and part pure whodunnit, the books contain amazing details about daily life of that period. As the series progresses, the events of English history play out as the fictional nun interacts with well-known figures. Supporting characters come and go (one supports a spin-off series), but Sister Frevisse stays as interesting in the recent episodes as in the early ones. Although she would rather remain behind the cloister walls in the peace that comes with a predictable routine and a very short list of desires, she accedes to the world's demands on her wit and intelligence. This episode puts a medieval spin on an ageless theme: the lengths to which people will go to maintain social standing.