An entertaining read. There are plenty murders involved but, like the first of the Sister Frevisse mysteries, I was able to guess the murderer early in the novel. Despite that fact, I enjoyed the book and enjoyed reading of the new characters introduced. It is also interesting to compare the portrayal of the crowner in these novels and the crowner in the Crowner John Mysteries. Reading medieval mysteries by different authors shines light on medieval life and times.
This was my introduction to Sister Frevisse. As a sleuth, I like her. She has some depth to her background and I suspect it is being slowly revealed as the books go on (I could be wrong on that, it might just be being repeated, but I don't think so).
Unlike a lot of modern mysteries, this one actually has the sleuth doing some sleuthing and relies on the plot to move the story along rather than comedy. She also appears to have a good working knowledge of the time period. I don't know myself, but there were just touches here and there (and not overdone--characters didn't discuss things they'd already know, yet I had enough info to know what was going on even though I didn't know the time period. Nicely done).
If I found another of this series I'd read it. I don't think I was quite in the mood for something suspenseful when I read this, though, so I didn't enjoy it as much as I think I should have, given it was plot driven with a good character set and well written. Still, it had a good ending which redeems much and I will certainly give the author another try when I'm not so tense.
I enjoyed this book for several reasons. I liked the realistic way the author writes about the medieval period of history. She appears to have an extensive knowledge of the period and helps the reader to imagine really being there. At the same time, she tells a good story. Her characters are interesting and she keeps the reader focused on her story.
It got a 4 out of 5, because it's not a life changing book; but it was a very good read, and I will read more by this author.
From the author of The Novice's Tale, a new Sister Frevisse medieval mystery. It's not a very merry Christmas for the sisters of St. Frideswide when they welcome a troupe of actors in from the cold . . . and open the nunnery door to murder