- Series: A Dame Frevisse Mystery (Book 16)
- Mass Market Paperback: 372 pages
- Publisher: Berkley; Reprint edition (January 2, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 042521902X
- ISBN-13: 978-0425219027
- Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 1 x 7.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 23 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,029,524 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Traitor's Tale (A Dame Frevisse Mystery) Mass Market Paperback – January 2, 2008
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I'm so glad one of these last books featured Frevisse and Alice together. Margaret Frazer has fleshed out a wonderful and realistic portrayal of the relationship between the two women (too bad Frevisse isn't real, like Alice). It was regrettable they again parted on less than friendly terms, though I think both understood the reasons for the others taut nerves. And, because of the ending, I'm sure Alice will be grateful and the cousins will make up, even if the Duchess of Suffolk does not make an appearance in the last book.
Some parts, such as when Dame Frevisse and Sister Margrett were at Kenilworth, had me on the edge of my seat. Other parts, such as near the end between the time Joliffe was injured and the meeting between he, Frevisse and Vaughn with York, were filled with people just talking round and round and round which bogged down the story. I am glad, however, Sister Margrett got her wish of seeing York up close. She deserved a reward for all her cooperation.
And I loved the little dig Dame Claire took at Frevisse while she was feigning illness, saying "she's not as young as she used to be". Ha ha! If looks could kill! One other thing I've noticed in the last several books is that a toll is being taken on the friendship between Frevisse and Claire. I would have loved to have seen where Ms. Frazer was taking some of these relationships. I also think she was doing a wonderful job of building and molding the different personalities living at St. Frideswide's. Too bad we'll never see where she might have went. I can't believe I only have one more to go. I'm going to miss Dame Frevisse.
Frevisse is summoned from her nunnery by a plea from her noble cousin, the widowed duchess of Suffolk. The once-actor now turned spy Joliffe is on a mission from his master the royal duke of York. The unlikely pair acting in their separate spheres are both needed to unravel the mystery. The nun Frevisse can not leave her cloister except by permission; the player Joliffe is not privy to all the clues. From formal gardens where great ladies drop hints among the flowers to desperate hand-to-hand combat in the streets of London, this novel offers great scope, plausible surmises and riveting entertainment.
The author has a gift for bringing medieval attitudes and actions to vivid life. It is left to the reader to make connections or see parallels to our own time. I confess it is my love for these characters, and in particular that of Joliffe, that keeps me coming back time after time to this series. Highly recommended.
The man known as Simon Joliffe reappears in THE TRAITOR'S TALE, now acting as a courier for the duke of York. Joliffe is a valuable addition to Frazer's cast of fictional characters; a man of action who provides a counterpoint to the devout Frevisse. He goes places and does things that she cannot, thus freeing the storytelling from its static tether. There are hints in this book that he is more than a mere traveling player or a simple courier. I'm sure we will encounter him again as Frevisse's England bumbles onward into the War of the Roses.