A Play of Piety by Margaret Frazer

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Ripped from the pages of the award-winning author's Dame Frevisse novels...


While his troupe leader recovers from grievous injury, Joliffe is forced
to find work in the treacherous world of a medieval hospital. Plagued
almost to despair by the endless complaints and imaginary ailments of
the elderly widow Mistress Cisily Thorncoffyn, the erstwhile spy and
theatrical player is almost relieved to discover that patients are dying
from more than their illnesses. Care for the sick and elderly in both
body and soul is a sacred and holy duty, but Death's cruel scythe can
always use a helping hand...

Now, with Mistress Thorncoffyn loudly proclaiming that someone is trying
to kill her and swearing her wrath on anyone who allows it to happen,
Joliffe has no choice but to find the sickening anger which has claimed
so many lives before more of the innocent ill are afflicted with a final


"Everything I'd hoped to find: memorable characters, a meticulously
detailed world, an intriguing crime, and a satisfying conclusion." - Roundtable Reviews

entertain and confound you with its intricately plotted mystery and
richly detailed writing... Ms. Frazer knows the fifteenth century and it
shows..." - Romance Readers Connection

"Deftly drawn characters acting in a stage of intricate and accurate details of medieval life." - Affaire de Couer

and faithfully rendered, 15th-century England and France and all the
political difficulties come easily to life... Medieval mystery fans will
once again enjoy the clever player Joliffe and his adventures. - The Mystery Reader


"Prepare to be enchanted as Margaret Frazer transports you back to the 15th century." - Romantic Times

than just a good read. The reader comes away sadder and wiser, knowing
that what tehy've read is that stuff of real life. Brava!" - Historical Novels Review

smooth and absorbing saga of conspiracy and treachery in 15th-century
England... A tantalizing secret turns out to have stunning political
implications." - Publishers Weekly

plotted and subtly shaded. Frazer has the detailed substance that
brings an era to life, while her characters' psychological makeup is as
cunningly wrought as the historical background." - Publishers Weekly

Frazer has quietly claimed her place as one of the preeminent writers
of historical crime fiction, delivering the whole package - a good
mystery, wonderful characters, and a fascinating period of history. Her
novels are a dream to read." - Aunt Agatha's Newsletter

Herodotus Award Winner.

Twice nominated for the Edgar Award

Twice nominated for the Minnesota Book Award

A Romantic Times Top Pick.

About Margaret Frazer

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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 can be visited online at http://www.margaretfrazer.com.
Published December 7, 2010 by Berkley. 305 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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