I like these novels for the general historical background as well as for the detail about medieval plays and wandering players .Having seen the York Mystery plays , I appreciate these books even more .The plotting is skilful and the settings and characters believable, but I'm finding the American English intrusive , and this jars with the emphasis on how "English" these novels are. American readers may well not notice such things , and may very well not care , but I do regret that phrases and words leap out at me , spoiling the illusion !
This book supplies the missing link between Joliffe the actor, and Joliffe the secret agent!Margaret Frazer has outdone herself on her latest medieval mystery. Her character of Joliffe, the player, is magical and at the same time believably human as he wends his way through a seemingly impenetrable trail of secrets about who killed whom and why.
Ms Frazer is reliable in her research, and compelling in her telling of stories; it is absorbing and very real. Inevitably, France is full of political intrigue, and warring, but the human interest never gets lost amidst the complex wars and quarrels of fifteenth century Normandy.