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The Stone-Worker's Tale (Sister Frevisse Medieval Mysteries) [Kindle Edition]

Margaret Frazer
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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Book Description


When Frevisse is given bishop-pardoned leave to visit her cousin Alice at Ewelme, she is enchanted by the work of the sculptor Simon Maye. Charged with carving the angels upon Alice's tomb, Simon has been truly touched by God's gift - there was an otherworldiness to their stone features, an aliveness to the very feathers of their wings. He saw beauty that others could not, and brought it to life through his craft.

But Simon also saw the beauty of Elyn, one of Alice's ladies in waiting. Clandestine meetings have given way to sinful lust, and now the two lovers have disappeared. The servants whisper that the lovers have eloped, and secretly pine for the passion to do the same. Lady Alice believes her sculptor has been stolen away by jealous rivals and rages at the injustice. But Frevisse alone suspects there may be some darker truth behind the midnight vanishing...

A story from Margaret Frazer's Tales.


"Frazer's quiet yet intense medieval mysteries are so vividly and gracefully written you just float back in time..." - The Poisoned Pen

"There is action aplenty and intrigue in abundance." - Historical Novels Review

"Frazer weaves historical details into the life of the fictitious nun... Whether good or evil, her characters are vibrant and compelling. While we might like to believe that the prejudices of that era have passed into history, we are reminded that we are not so very different after all." - Romantic Times Book Club

A Romantic Times Top Pick.

Twice nominated for the Minnesota Book Award.
Twice nominated for the Edgar Award.

Product Details

  • File Size: 104 KB
  • Print Length: 26 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Dream Machine Productions (April 15, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #197,907 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Short Story April 30, 2011
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Be advised that this is a short story, not a full novel. If you've missed your Sister Frevisse mysteries, as I have, you will purchase this anyway. It's a good story. It has only one character from the novels (Cousin Alice) and is not set in the convent, yet it is a good mystery. Sister Frevisse does not disappoint.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Short Story, Atmospheric, with Extra February 5, 2012
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I mistakenly thought this was a full Sr. Frevisse novel rather than a short story, but it was a satisfying read nevertheless and worth the price of admission. A little short on misdirection, but very atmospheric.

A worthwhile appendix is the original *very* short story from which this evolved: I enjoy reading the short stories that (for example) Raymond Chandler merged to create his novels. This was similarly enjoyable.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Rework of a Short Story September 7, 2011
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This addition of the collection of Sister Frevisse mysteries lacks the depth of even previous short stories. It is an attempt to rewrite another piece and doesn't hold your interest as other tales do in this outstanding series.
When you are a fan you seek every word written, save this tale until last.
Nash Black, author of SANDPRINTS OF DEATH.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars July 6, 2014
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See above. Also I think Frazer is on the same level as Ellis Peters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars what a writer! December 12, 2013
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I loved it. but it was too short. Not as short as her first one she wrote for the magazine.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Margaret Frazer continues to astound May 1, 2013
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Engaging and extremely well-written, with surprises along the way. You will hate to finish because you will miss these all-too human characters. The best!
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4.0 out of 5 stars rip-off April 10, 2013
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I like the story but all short stories of this author except Winter's Heart are too short for the $2.99 charged and not much of a mystery about them. This one is good but for $4.99 buy a Traitor' Tale and you can read the story as part of the book. i read her works and like them,but why does she have to rip us off with stories taken out of longer stories.
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4.0 out of 5 stars EvamayI April 4, 2013
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Loved this great short story. In fact that was my only gripe, that it was a short story. I wanted it to go longer. I thought the 2 versions of the story were very interesting.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Very short. But good.
I've read this story in the longer version somewhere. Sad,as so many of her tales are. Life was hard and short and unforgiving in the fifteenth century. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Pat Black
5.0 out of 5 stars Always a pleasure to read
This is an author that I really enjoy. I feel as if I'm getting a good feel for the time period and I appreciate sister Frevisse's no-nonsense approach to life! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Marciell
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Not her best work
Underdeveloped. A good premise with out the detail and characterization that it deserves. I definitely felt she had a deadline to meet and so wrapped the story up quickly.
Published on March 11, 2013 by Dershs
4.0 out of 5 stars Well Crafted
This was a clever historical short story. A nice little mystery. I anticipate reading more such tales with pleasure and hope to read a novel as well.
Published on December 19, 2012 by Donovan Walling
4.0 out of 5 stars short story
Margaret Frazer writes a good tale. It was interesting to see how she expanded the short story she wrote in German to give a much fuller picture of the situation.
Published on November 14, 2012 by Barb
2.0 out of 5 stars Good story, disappointing
I was dismayed to see the bar move across my Kindle so fast. I had not noticed it was a short story when I bought it. I don't know if I even would have gotten it if I had known. Read more
Published on June 5, 2012 by Martha J. Rozkydal
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More About the Author

Margaret Frazer is the award-winning author of more than twenty historical murder mysteries and novels. She makes her home in Minneapolis, Minnesota, surrounded by her books, but she lives her life in the 1400s. In writing her Edgar-nominated Sister Frevisse (The Novice's Tale) and Player Joliffe (A Play of Isaac) novels she delves far inside medieval perceptions, seeking to look at medieval England more from its point of view than ours. "Because the pleasure of going thoroughly into otherwhen as well as otherwhere is one of the great pleasures in reading."

She has twice been a finalist for the Edgar(R) in the paperback original category.

She can be visited online at

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