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

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In Margaret Frazer's latest medieval mystery, the "pious and perceptive" (New York Times)
Dame Frevisse accompanies her prioress on a visit of mercy to a
nunnery. St. Mary's nunnery is a place of prayer and healing for women -
so it is
surprising to see a man sprawled out in the cloister garden. Dead. Less
surprising, to Dame Frevisse, was the identity of the victim: Master
Montfort was not particularly liked by anyone in the town of Goring.
Even his own wife and clerk despised him. And as royal escheator he was
trying to settle a heated dispute between a wealthy woman and her
supposed nephew.

Now Dame Frevisse must step in and untangle the fortunes and felonies in
a rivalry of wealth, family, and politics. But the true challenge will
be putting aside her own feelings and serving justice for the murder of
an unjust man...

"The devout yet human Dame Frevisse is back... another well-wrought
tale of intrigue and murder. History aficionados will delight and fans
will rejoice that the devout yet human Dame Frevisse is back...." -
Publishers Weekly

"A wonderful series. Frevisse, with her common sense and humor and
tang of salt, is one of my favorite sleuths." (Sharon Kay Penman, author
of The Queen's Man)

"Meticulous detail that speaks of trustworthy scholarship and a sympathetic imagination." (The New York Times)

"Full of the richness of the fifteenth century...Margaret Frazer's tales are charmingly and intelligently
contrived." (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

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 December 3, 2002 by Berkley. 332 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The January spring of 1446 finds Dame Frevisse (The Squire's Tale, 2000, etc.) and her prioress off on an errand of mercy that disintegrates into a murder case muddier than the road to Goring.

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Edgar-nominee Frazer delivers another well-wrought tale of intrigue and murder in her 11th novel (after 2001's The Squire's Tale) to feature nun and amate

Dec 17 2001 | Read Full Review of The Clerk's Tale (A Dame Frev...

Grasping For The Wind

Since her first Cadfael mystery, A Morbid Taste for Bones, a lot of imitators have cropped up, thereby creating the medieval murder mystery.

May 09 2007 | Read Full Review of The Clerk's Tale (A Dame Frev...

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