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The reeve's tale
Frazer, Margaret.
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Publication Information:
New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 1999.
Physical Description:
274 pages ; 22 cm
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X Adult Fiction Mystery/Suspense
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X Adult Fiction Mystery/Suspense
X Adult Fiction Mystery/Suspense

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Two-time Edgar Award nominee Margaret Frazer's national bestselling medieval mystery series continues as the strong and saucy (Minneapolis Star Tribune) Sister Frevisse investigates a chain of unholy events in a town plagued by sin.

Author Notes

Margaret Frazer was a finalist for an Edgar Award for Best Original Paperback for both The Servant's Tale and The Prioress' Tale . The Sister Frevisse series includes The Novice's Tale, The Servant's Tale, The Outlaw's Tale, The Bishop's Tale, The Boy's Tale, The Murderer's Tale, The Prioress' Tale, The Maiden's Tale, The Reeve's Tale , and The Squire's Tale . She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Here's the latest excellent installment in Frazer's superbly researched medieval mystery series featuring Dame Frevisse, a nun of the order of St. Frideswide, who, along with her godly duties, relishes the occasional opportunity for amateur sleuthing. In her ninth outing (after The Maiden's Tale), Frevisse is ordered to temporarily take over the duties of Master Naylor, the convent's steward. She finds herself in the middle of a land dispute when Matthew Woderove, a convent serf, is found dead and his widow, Mary, along with her new beau, Tom Holcote, tries to claim his land rights. Disputing the claim is wealthy villein Gilbey Dunn, who wants to add to his hefty holdings. The argument is quickly set aside when Matthew's death turns out to be murder and most of the village children come down with sometimesfatal cases of measles. Aided by a neighboring reeve, Simon Perryn, whose own children are among the sick, Frevisse seeks to untangle the roots of the crime, which grow to claim a second murder victim. Exquisitely written, the novel offers a brilliantly realized vision of a typical medieval English village, peopled with full-blooded men and women who experience the human range of joys and sorrows. Suspenseful from start to surprising conclusion, this is another gem from an author who's twice been nominated for an Edgar. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Landholdings in the village of Prior Byfield belong either to the St. Frideswide nunnery or to Lord Lovell. Simon Perryn acts as Lovell's agent (or reeve) in village matters, while Master Naylor represents the nunnery. Here, however, Sister Frevisse subs for Naylor. Unfortunately for her, two similar murders stem from arguments over who will control certain parcels of land--one unpopular rich man or others less fortunate. When circumstantial evidence points to Simon as the suspected killer, Sister Frevisse intervenes. Fans of historicals will love the passionate attention to detail in character, custom, and setting, and the sympathetic creation of believable people and events. This is the first in the popular medieval series to be published in hardcover. Essential. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.