Have read all of the books in this series and enjoyed them all - with well drawn characters and good stories. Great sense of place and time, with a degree of cynicism as regards human nature and motives throughout. This one is about a nun who left the convent (without permission - the "Apostate" of the title) and the trouble she causes when she returns to the convent with her son after the man she left the convent to be with dies and his family pursue her there. Would recommed if you enjoy an intelligent historical mystery.
The atmosphere which Frazer creates is unbelievably enthralling. She portrays the stillness of the cloister, yet we are aware of the noise in the courtyard, the neigh of horses and the shouts of'Murder!' I feel the cold of the stone floors and the quiet swish of the nuns habits. I can see vividly the tiny areas where the nun may sleep , contrasting with the more sumptuous room of the prioress. Frazer really involves her reader in the day to day life in St. Friedswell's -and yet she runs a mystery of some proportion within the pages--all at the same time!! A captivating read.