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The Reeves Tale (Sister Frevisse #9) As Illness And Murder Cast A Cloud Over Prior Byfield, Fear And Suspicion Reign And Frevisse S Keen Deductions Lead Her Closer To The Disturbing Truth


About the Author: Margaret Frazer

Margaret Frazer is a pen name used at first by Mary Monica Pulver Kuhfeld and Gail Lynn Frazer writing in tandem for a series of historical medieval mysteries featuring Dame Frevisse After the sixth novel, the works are written by Gail Frazer alone, and the name has subsequently been used exclusively by her A second series of novels by Ms Frazer set in the same time and place feature the player Margaret Frazer is a pen name used at first by Mary Monica Pulver Kuhfeld and Gail Lynn Frazer writing in tandem for a series of historical medieval mysteries featuring Dame Frevisse After the sixth novel, the works are written by Gail Frazer alone, and the name has subsequently been used exclusively by her A second series of novels by Ms Frazer set in the same time and place feature the player minstrel Joliffe.See also Monica Ferris, Mary Monica PulverSeries Sister Frevisse Joliffe



10 thoughts on “The Reeves Tale (Sister Frevisse #9)

  1. says:

    Dame Frevisse, as being the most worldly of the St Frideswide s nuns, is often sent to various places on nunnery business In this book, she is at the local village of Prior Byfield Accompanying Frevisse is Sister Thomasine, a very quiet sister The new prioress, feeling that Thomasine keeps too much to herself, praying quietly, decided it would be good for her to gain some experience outside the nunnery and assigns her to accompany Frevisse about nunnery and village business When a measles Dame Frevisse, as being the most worldly of the St Frideswide s nuns, is often sent to various places on nunnery business In this book, she is at the local village of Prior Byfield Accompanying Frevisse is Sister Thomasine, a very quiet sister The new prioress, feeling that Thomasine keeps too much to herself, praying quietly, decided it would be good for her to gain some experience outside the nunnery and assigns her to accompany Frevisse about nunnery and village business When a measles epidemic breaks out in the village the sisters are forbidden to return to the nunnery for fear of spreading the disease Frievisse is caught up in murder investigations while Thomasine nurses sick children This book dramatically develops the character of Thomasine


  2. says:

    f you love historical fiction and mystery, then you ll love the Sister Frevisse series Although this is the ninth out of seventeen books in the series, this is a good series set in Medieval England, one of my favorite historical periods In this series, Sister Frevisse helps the reeve, Simon Perryn, with some court cases, when there s an outbreak of the measles During this time, one man is found dead, and questions are asked on the guilty party When another dead body turns up, secrets come ou f you love historical fiction and mystery, then you ll love the Sister Frevisse series Although this is the ninth out of seventeen books in the series, this is a good series set in Medieval England, one of my favorite historical periods In this series, Sister Frevisse helps the reeve, Simon Perryn, with some court cases, when there s an outbreak of the measles During this time, one man is found dead, and questions are asked on the guilty party When another dead body turns up, secrets come out with sin, when it hits close to home with a surprise ending Plenty of action, drama and lots of historical facts about Medieval England that set the scenes for a great wallop of a delightful read


  3. says:

    I enjoy the books where Frevisse is out and about the worldthan the ones where all the action takes place in the priory There are alwayscharacters to meet and it allows for muchaction One specific scene stands out for me When Anne Perryn first notices the measles rash on her son Colyn, she fears it might be plague Colyn s father starts to go to them, but Anne immediately yells for him and the other two children to stay away Frazer explains that Anne knows it s already too I enjoy the books where Frevisse is out and about the worldthan the ones where all the action takes place in the priory There are alwayscharacters to meet and it allows for muchaction One specific scene stands out for me When Anne Perryn first notices the measles rash on her son Colyn, she fears it might be plague Colyn s father starts to go to them, but Anne immediately yells for him and the other two children to stay away Frazer explains that Anne knows it s already too late for herself and Colyn, but Simon, Lucy, and Adam might yet be saved The somewhat brutal practicality of Anne s actions amazed me Instead of turning to her husband for comfort, the first thought in her head is how best to salvage the rest of the family


  4. says:

    Dame Frevisse never disappoints I particularly enjoyed learningabout Dame Thomasine Villains can be delicious, but making goodness and holiness attractive can be a challenge Frazer rises to the occasion with her delightful depiction of this saintly nun For all her goodness, she is never annoying or simpering She is simply good, and even the children respond to this Oblivious to the passions and small minded behaviors swirling about her, Dame Thomasine goes about her duties, judging n Dame Frevisse never disappoints I particularly enjoyed learningabout Dame Thomasine Villains can be delicious, but making goodness and holiness attractive can be a challenge Frazer rises to the occasion with her delightful depiction of this saintly nun For all her goodness, she is never annoying or simpering She is simply good, and even the children respond to this Oblivious to the passions and small minded behaviors swirling about her, Dame Thomasine goes about her duties, judging no one, praying for all Dame Frevisse is blessed with having such a partner to work with, and she is beginning to realize the value of this extraordinary woman


  5. says:

    Awards 2000 Minnesota Book Award nominee for Best NovelNinth in the Sister Frevisse medieval mystery series revolving around a very bright nun This takes place in the village near the priory.My TakeMedieval CSI.A real education in the medieval English justice system regarding villeinage and the crowner s perks If this doesn t make you appreciate our system, you re brain dead It s also a fun bit of background on where the New England system of town meetings arose Makes me wish we had this sy Awards 2000 Minnesota Book Award nominee for Best NovelNinth in the Sister Frevisse medieval mystery series revolving around a very bright nun This takes place in the village near the priory.My TakeMedieval CSI.A real education in the medieval English justice system regarding villeinage and the crowner s perks If this doesn t make you appreciate our system, you re brain dead It s also a fun bit of background on where the New England system of town meetings arose Makes me wish we had this system in place in a lotplaces andintimately than what we have now, if only because it takes into account real people Yes, it s paternalistic, but that part of the system did work then I do like how Domina Elisabeth stands up for Master Naylor I definitely prefer innocent until proven guilty and I see how important that doctrine is when I see how Spencer treats Naylor It s difficult to believe that Simon has no clue about Dame Frevisse what with the priory right there It is, however, great fun to read of Simon s relief Okay, okay, once Frevisse explained, it made sense how Walter got the best of the deal with Hamon Tricksy bits It was interesting to see how they went about finding jurors and witnesses to the deceased An evolution of the legal system It was fascinating to read of the different ways in which barter worked within the village and between village and priory.I just wanna smack that Mary What a cow I d be surprised if she had any friends Then I wanna take a contract out on Monfort What a jerk Lucky for everyone that Frevisse is in Priory Byfield and won t accept his actions I do want to know how it is that Monfort manages to hang on to his position when he s such a clod.I so enjoy this series Yeah, partly because it s an historical mystery, but also because Frazer has created warm, caring characters It s not as cozy as an Agatha Christie with Miss Marple, but Frevisse is cut from the same cloth as Christie s various detectives Even if people do keep turning up murdered It s a microcosm of the world with most of its types reflected in this one tiny village And remember, always, to suffer the little children.The StoryIt s the three month court in Priory Byfield and, while it can be tricky seeing as the village is held by both Lord Lovell and St Frideswide, Simon and Naylor work well together This time around, the two settle the usual petty disputes and problems However, Matthew Woderove s lease on some land has come up and he has done nothing with the land while offers are made by others The difficulty lies mostly in perception Of Matthew and his wife s pride Of Gilbey s ambition Of Tom Hulcote and Mary s making their union official.But now Master Naylor has been accused of a life altering crime and it s Dame Frevisse, who is forced to take on Master Naylor s duties With Sister Thomasine along as chaperon Then plague strikes, and Frevisse and Thomasine are forbidden the priory.The CharactersDame Frevisse is an extremely intelligent and devout woman who simply wants to be left to her prayers and her duties in the kitchen Sister Thomasine is truly devout and yet adapts well to life outside St Frideswide Dames Claire, Perpetua, and Juliana and Sisters Johane and Cecely are mentioned Father Henry is the priory s priest A slow witted man, but very devout Abbot Gilberd is in charge of St Frideswide s since Domina Alys screwed everything up and he s put his sister, Domina Elisabeth, in charge Father Edmund came last autumn to be the priest for Priory Byfield Mistress Margery is a healer The villagers of Priory Byfield who belong to the priory include Master Naylor manages affairs for St Frideswide Priory At least He did Dickon is his oldest son and is being held hostage at Simon s to ensure Naylor s staying put.Tom Hulcote wants to marry the new widow and take on her property Well, he wants to regularize their affair anyway.Alson Bonde is a widow and inherits her husband s land as does her son, Young William Just a wee problem between them of how she manages her share when Martin Fisher offers to lease from her Then there s the matter of Hamon Otale paying back the money he borrowed Seems there s a bit he s forgotten Those belonging to Lord Lovell include Simon Perryn is married to Anne and manages local affairs for Lord Lovell acting as reeve for Priory Byfield He has two sons, Adam and Colyn, and one daughter, Lucy Cisily is their maidservant while Watt handles the heavier chores Master Spencer is Lord Lovell s bailiff while Master Holt is his high steward.Tomkin Goddard, Bert Fleccher, and Walter Hopper are villeins along with Gilbey Dunn except that he s making something of himself Including getting married to Elena, a freeborn woman from Banbury, since we last encountered him in The Servant s Tale And does that ever have people in a pucker I do like Elena Agnes, Jack Fleccher, and Tom Hulcote work for Dunn.Mary is Simon s sister and married to Matthew Woderove Mary is a real nasty shrew of a woman who can t bear to be denied Matthew is a man who should have done well if he had simply stayed on his father s path.Master Monfort is the crowner and one of the most prejudiced, obtuse, stupid men you ll ever meet Of course the revelation about a convicted person s goods goes a long way to explain his desire to wrap things up quickly Surely whoever Monfort accuses of a crime is guilty of something An ally Monfort has a son, Christopher He s intelligent Must have gotten it from his mother.The CoverThe cover is beautiful and both warm and cold in its depiction of a scene from the story The cold is from the metallic deep blue gray background while the warm arises from the deep red, ornately carved frame which encases a sad scene of one man riding a horse and leading another while the wife kneels on the ground, keening her grief and two nuns attempt to provide comfort In the background is a church and a house with a promenade It s familiar from previous appearances on covers The title reflects a man around whom the story revolves both intimately and from a distance This is The Reeve s Tale to tell


  6. says:

    An enjoyable read, with lots of detail about English borough law and custom colorfully and entertainingly rendered The whodunit itself was secondary in the development of the novel, but the characterization was good.


  7. says:

    Reeve starts from the point of view POV of the village reeve, a local alderman, who tries to solve problems at the village level so the Lord doesn t have to be bothered Frazer s research permeates the book, especially the first chapters when the village council meets to resolve disputes Frazer uses real historical cases to illustrate what life was like for common folk hundreds of years ago a nice change from most authors focus on the nobility I found myself drawn into the story rather quic Reeve starts from the point of view POV of the village reeve, a local alderman, who tries to solve problems at the village level so the Lord doesn t have to be bothered Frazer s research permeates the book, especially the first chapters when the village council meets to resolve disputes Frazer uses real historical cases to illustrate what life was like for common folk hundreds of years ago a nice change from most authors focus on the nobility I found myself drawn into the story rather quickly because the characters were well drawn and the situations believable The action moves quickly and the chronology is fairly simple Throughout the book, Frazer hints at past relationships between characters, but I never felt lost New terms were grasped from conjecture and context instead of patronizingly spelled out Good.But Frazer s writing is so stylized that some readers might be put off by the effort to detangle her sentences The central sentence on page 48 is 130 words long and run on sentences are common throughout the book Frazer uses a quasi medieval diction that keeps the reader at a distance from the charactersAnother weakness of Reeve is the lack of real suspense I got the impression she d rather ramble on about the complicated judicial system or how land holdings were assigned I d also wager as Frazer would say that the author is biased against pretty people Most of the attractive adult characters are viewed with suspicion or assigned negative personality traits We don t know what Frevisse looks like, but she s a nun so that s appropriate.Overall, I enjoyed the book and might pick up others in the series


  8. says:

    A reeve, was an appointed official in medieval England who supervised the work done on a manor, or a part of a lord s holdings In this mystery, 9 in the Sister Frevisse Medieval Mysteries, Sister Frevisse is required to work with the reeve of Prior Byfield, a village located adjacent to St Frideswide s nunnery, when both the husband and the lover of the reeve s sister are murdered.I especially enjoyed the closer look at daily village life in the 1400s, and the similarities in issues that can A reeve, was an appointed official in medieval England who supervised the work done on a manor, or a part of a lord s holdings In this mystery, 9 in the Sister Frevisse Medieval Mysteries, Sister Frevisse is required to work with the reeve of Prior Byfield, a village located adjacent to St Frideswide s nunnery, when both the husband and the lover of the reeve s sister are murdered.I especially enjoyed the closer look at daily village life in the 1400s, and the similarities in issues that can be found in society today.Over half way done with the series


  9. says:

    What I like best about these books is the detailed depiction of life in the 15th century, in nunnery, village, manor, and the development of the characters There is, of course, also the suspense of finding out who committed murder and how, and how that information will be uncovered In this case, I was pretty sure of who did it but it was still exciting to follow Sister Frevisse along as she tried to make sense of it all.


  10. says:

    Interesting historical mystery showing the complexity of medieval life Characters well drawn and appropriately positive or negative Sister Frevisse is a delightful woman, shrewd, kind, human and well acquainted with the faults and foibles of humankind She uses her brains to solve what appears to be unsolvable and in the process twarts some of those who would take advantage of their position.


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