A Play of Treachery (Joliffe Mystery Series #5)

A Play of Treachery (Joliffe Mystery Series #5)

by Margaret Frazer

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Overview

At the behest of his powerful patron, Joliffe journeys to France to act as a servant to the widowed duchess Jacquetta of Bedford?while actually training in spycraft. But when a member of the duchess's household is murdered, Joliffe learns just how dangerous secrets can be...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101151648
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/01/2009
Series: Joliffe Mystery Series , #5
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 393,404
File size: 516 KB
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 Treachery (Joliffe Mystery Series #5) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In continuing her series on the company of players she has constructed mysteries for, this book seems to signal a change for Margaret Frazer in that she sends Joliffe off on his own at the behest of Bishop Beaufort to France and into the middle of a war. He is training to be a spy and the book is full of many tight instances one would expect in any spy-thriller story, no matter what century it is placed within. Frazer doesn't disappoint. The only thing that was distracting for me was that I kept wondering how he would ever be re-united with the group of players we've seen him with in the earlier books in this series. The book contains good suspense to keep one focused, however, and the reader can't help but wonder where this spy training will ultimately take Joliffe. Frazer keeps you in suspense right up to the end. Well worth the read if you like Medieval mysteries plus spy-thrillers with a bit of romance thrown in. I like Margaret Frazer and have been reading her books for quite a while.
Bill.Bradford on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Towards the end of the book, as Joliffe is working on the final solution to the murder, he is described thus:"Joliffe has rarely been satisfied with knowing the merely what of things. The why was what drew him, and mixed in with the why was always who".This is a good nutshell statement of what makes Frazer's works so interesting. Not only are they historically fascinating, but they get deeply into the "why" of being human. Good at the first, this is one of the best at the latter.
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