A Play of Dux Moraud (Joliffe Mystery Series #2)

A Play of Dux Moraud (Joliffe Mystery Series #2)

by Margaret Frazer

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ISBN-13: 9780425204344
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/28/2005
Series: Joliffe Mystery Series , #2
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 1,034,923
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.71(h) x 0.77(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

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.

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Play of Dux Moraud (Joliffe Mystery Series #2) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Since they acquired Lord Lovell as their patron, players (actors) Basset, Joliffe, Elis,Rose and her son have a feeling of security that was missing in their lives and they intend to do everything in their power to please his so he will keep on supporting the troupe. After performing in his home for Michalmas, Lord Lovell asks them to journey to the manor home of his vassal Sir Edmund --- Sir Edmund¿s daughter is getting ready to wed a wealthy merchant but Lord Lovell is uneasy because her first betrothal ended when her bridegroom to be died quite suddenly. He wants the players, to see if there is any sense of wrong doing going on in Deneby Manor. When they arrive, they find a husband and wife barely talking to one another, a mother and the bride at each others throats and Sir Edmund¿s heir having ¿accidents¿. Joliffe discovers there is corruption in the Deneby finally that has led to one murder and very will might lead to others.--- Set in the same universe as Margaret Frazier¿s Dame Frevisse mysteries, A PLAY OF DUX MORAUD is a meticulously researched, well written historical mystery that brings to life a bygone era. The working of society as seen through the eyes of the players is entertaining and full of unexpected surprises that add drama and color to the storyline. Historical mystery fans will love this series.--- Harriet Klausner
cmbohn on LibraryThing 5 months ago
These are the first two in a series by Margaret Frazer. Apparently they are a spinoff of her Dame Frevisse series, but since I've only read one or two of those, I missed that one. Joliffe, one of a group of traveling players, is also called on to investigate mysterious deaths.In the first book, A Play of Isaac, the players are performing in a religious festival in Oxford. A merchant hires them to also stay at his house and perform for his guests before the festival. While there, they get caught up in the family dynamics there. Master Penteney has a married son and a single daughter, as well as two wards. The oldest of these is an 'Eden child', with what we call today Down's syndrome. The more deeply the players are drawn into the situation, the more complications are uncovered. And when a murdered man is found, only Joliffe can spot the murderer and clear the innocent.The second book, A Play of Dux Moraud, finds the players in better circumstances. They have been adopted by Lord Lovell, and under his patronage, things are looking up. But it comes at a price - he sends them off as a wedding gift to an underling, but with a secret mission. The bride's previous fiance died mysteriously. Lord Lovell wants to make sure it doesn't happen again. This book is darker than the first, with nasty little secrets at every turn and a much more adult feel. It also has a more dramatic and tragic ending.I liked the first book better, partly because the second was darker, and partly because I figured out how the title works. I don't want to give away too much, but let's just say that it's a strong hint about what's going on in the book. So the "dramatic revelations" in the second book were not a surprise at all. Some nasty characters in that one too. I think I will read the next one, as I got the first four from the library book sale, and see if that one is closer to the first or the second. I liked Joliffe well enough, so I'm willing to give it another try.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
They sigh.
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