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A Play of Lords (Joliffe Mystery Series #4)

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  • Posted March 30, 2009

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    Excellent, maybe the best one yet!

    Joliffe's 4th book is so much better than the 3rd one, which got entirely too casual about sex, I was extremely relieved and pleased with the turns author Frazer had the story take--away from Joliffe's personal hormones and towards more of a mystery plot. Patron Lord Lovell brings Joliffe, and Bassett, to the notice of his own overlord, who happens to be Bishop Beaufort, great-uncle to the king and Cardinal of England, and its chief creditor. This powerful man wants Joliffe to become one of his agents, essentially a spy. The complex political times make for a more intricate plot than the previous volume--though that book was good, too, don't mean to put it down too much. I read this one with real delight and interest, and learned a bit more history while enjoying the mystery.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2007


    As a fan of the Joliffe (and Frevisse) series, I would say that 'A Play of Lords' is among Frazer's best. Frazer is exceptionally skilled at writing these medieval history-mysteries. She is quite deft at integrating historical facts with fiction. 'A Play of Lords' is no exception. It includes facts about intriguing political events that took place during the time period in which the book is set. The mores of that medieval time period are fascinating. Frazer puts factual and fictional elements together and produces (as she always does) a remarkable story and one that transports the reader to Medieval England, which comes alive with her detailed descriptions. As I read, I 'saw' the streets of London and 'walked' along the Thames. I enjoyed the conversations between the characters. It is always a joy spending time with 'the company' and the other characters that Frazer creates. She puts such depth to her characters that it is impossible not to respond to them one way or another. In this book, Mak proves to be an appealing addition, especially in light of Joliffe's assessment of him and then Mak's reaction to that assessment. Of course, Joliffe is an enticing character, and he makes a few decisions that are surprising. Actually, there are several surprises that will keep you turning the pages. The plot held my attention all the way to the end, and there are some laugh-out-loud moments along the way. All in all, 'A Play of Lords' is educational it is humorous, and it is edifying (one of Frazer's many skills includes her astonishing ability to capture the different aspects of human nature, not least the moral aspect). I completely enjoyed reading 'A Play of Lords' I am already awaiting the next Joliffe. In the meantime, thank goodness, there is a Frevisse coming out in Jan.'08 (and that is not soon enough).

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