The Apostate's Tale by Margaret Frazer
(A Dame Frevisse Mystery)

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As the nuns of St. Frideswide's priory prepare for the welcome end of
Lent, their peaceful expectations are overset by the sudden return of
long-vanished Sister Cecely. Nine years ago she fled from the nunnery
with a man. Now her lover is dead and she has come back, bringing her
illegitimate son with her.

She claims she is penitent, that she wants only to redeem her sin and
find a safe haven for her child. By the law of the Church, neither she
nor the child can be turned away, but their presence begins to stir
doubts and questions in the hearts of some of the nuns about their own
faithfulness to the enclosed life they live. However, these doubts
become the lease of the problems Dame Frevisse must confront when her
worldly troubles follow Sister Cecely and her son into the nunnery,
pursuing her out of the life she claims to have left behind.

Contrite Sister Cecely may be -- however much Frevisse may doubt it --
but truthful she is not, and as the apostate nun's lies begin to
overtake her, dangers of more than one kind become an unwanted part of
life in the priory.

"Overflowing with atmospheric details that make the complex historical setting come alive for modern readers..." - BookLoons

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
Published January 2, 2008 by Berkley. 332 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction

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