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4.0 out of 5 stars A highly readable medieval murder mystery
England in the summer of 1436. The King's mother Katherine of Valois, send her two little sons Edmund and Jasper (aged six and five) to safety in Wales from evil and ambitious men who want them out of the way. They are waylaid by thugs and must take refuge. with five members of their household, in St Fridewides Abby, where they are put under Dame Frevisse's protection, as...
Published on 14 Aug. 2011 by Gary Selikow

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2.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat interesting plot is killed with monotony!
The setting for this book is 15th century England and vicinity. There are so many interesting things that Ms. Frazer could have brought in relating to this time period, but does she? Of course not! The true resolutio, if one can call it that, does not occur until the last three pages of this story. For 218 out of 233 pages, the scene is the nunnery. Sure, I may...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A highly readable medieval murder mystery, 14 Aug. 2011
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England in the summer of 1436. The King's mother Katherine of Valois, send her two little sons Edmund and Jasper (aged six and five) to safety in Wales from evil and ambitious men who want them out of the way. They are waylaid by thugs and must take refuge. with five members of their household, in St Fridewides Abby, where they are put under Dame Frevisse's protection, as Dame Frevisse is unable to turn away children. They become friends with a charge of the abbey of their own age, the Lady Adela. A series of mishaps followed by two murders leads Dame Frevisse to suspect evil is afoot in the Abbey and someone has infiltrated the sanctuary to try to harm the young princes. Another medieval murder mystery unravels. English history aficionados will find it of interest that the older of the two boys is Edmund Tudor, who will sire Henry VII, and therefore be an ancestor to all subsequent English monarchs. The author does well in capturing the sights, sounds, smells and culture of 15th century England.
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5.0 out of 5 stars easy to read, a 'gentle' murder mystery, 5 Aug. 2011
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Two small boys find refuge in the care of the nuns of St Frideswide's while their parents' clandestine marriage threatens to cause a major political scandal if it becomes publicly know. The problem of coping with two mischievous lads is more than enough for the good ladies to worry about, but soon it becomes apparent that someone is trying to murder the youngsters.
Dame Frevisse sets herself the task of tracking down the would-be murderer before he succeeds in his grisly task. Luckily she discovers the villain in the end and the elder of the two boys , yound Edmund Tudor, grows up to become the grandfather of Henry the Eighth.
MMargaret Frazer writes with humour and sympathy and with a keen eye for historical detail. Fifteenth century England comes to life as she writes. Her characters with all their faults and foibles are throroughly believable and she blends her fictional and real historical characters characters with convincing ease. The plot keeps you guessing to the very last page.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another good book in this series, 19 April 2014
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This is a very good book. The reason I stopped at 4 stars is simply because I keep a 5 for exceptional books. The writing is good, as is the plot.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, 5 Nov. 2013
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The fourth in the series and each gets better. Highly recommended. Every book brings a little more understanding of the people and lives of this medieval period without bludgoning you unnecessary detail that might distract from what are very good stories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Close to the mark of medieval behaviour, 21 July 2013
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As always relaxing interesting reading is welcome any time when work schedule permit it. It is a way go leave normal stress Behind
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5.0 out of 5 stars Important to follow the chronology, 23 April 2013
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I love the characters and the accurate depictions of life in the 15th century... .. .. .. .. .. ..
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, 1 Aug. 2012
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Like most of the books on my Kindle I purchased this to provide an easy and relaxing read, requiring little or no effort on my part. This book met my requirements as have all the Sister Frevisse Madieval Mysteries I have read so far.
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1 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat interesting plot is killed with monotony!, 28 Aug. 1998
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This review is from: The Boy's Tale (Sister Frevisse Medieval Mysteries) (Mass Market Paperback)
The setting for this book is 15th century England and vicinity. There are so many interesting things that Ms. Frazer could have brought in relating to this time period, but does she? Of course not! The true resolutio, if one can call it that, does not occur until the last three pages of this story. For 218 out of 233 pages, the scene is the nunnery. Sure, I may be able to feel the emotions of the main characters, but that emotion was often boredom. While I did like the detective, Dame Frevisse, that was about the only character that one can somewhat identify with. Maybe with teh exception of one or two characters, I could never really have a mental picture of the character or the surroundings. I probably will not read any more books in this "Medieval Mystery 'Tale'" series.
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