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Posted October 1, 2011
I'd been hoping for another full length novel about Domina Frevisse since we left her as the newly elected prioress of St. Frideswide (The Apostate's Tale, 2007), and this novella is the closest we've come to date. Winter Heart is a very readable, interesting, yet straightforward mystery that's well worth the reading. As usual, it contains Frazer's informative history lesson on 15th century life, although its breadth is necessarily narrowed by the brevity of the novella format. It expands on the personality of movice Sister Elianor. Is she being groomed for greater roles in future adventures? However, I wish it had been a full length novel so that Margaret Frazer again could demonstrate her special skill in the continuing character development of Frevisse - an already complex woman now burdened with the unwanted but dutifully accepted responsibilities of the prioress. Will those new burdens change Frevisse? There is a hint of the weight of her new burden of responsibilities in the closing pages, but only a hint. I think Frazer fans recognize and appreciate the success of the intervening Player series, and other new characters she's been working on, but we've missed the ironically critical, but always rational and resolute Frevisse over the past four years. Certainly fans should read this excellent novella, but with the hope that Ms. Frazer will pick up the multifaceted Frideswide storyline again soon and deliver yet another full length Frevisse mystery.
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Posted September 27, 2011
No side trips in this novella. A good mystery premis, followed by a shrewd investigation, and a resolution that gives the reader the impression of justice. Uncomplicated, not a lot of medieval culture, but a goid, quick read.
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Posted March 8, 2012
I really liked this little book. The writer is very competent and the story unfolded in a very believable way. I liked the references to things that are historically relevant and that give you a perspective on how people arranged themselves into social classes and the like in the 1400. Plus, the mistery was a good one and the carachters well developed. I truly liked it.
I have added the other titles from this author to my "to read" list.
Posted July 29, 2011
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