The Novice's Tale (Sister Frevisse Medieval Mystery Series #1)

The Novice's Tale (Sister Frevisse Medieval Mystery Series #1)

by Margaret Frazer

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ISBN-13: 9780425143216
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/28/1993
Series: Sister Frevisse Medieval Mystery Series , #1
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 473,241
Product dimensions: 4.21(w) x 6.71(h) x 0.61(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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The Novice's Tale (Sister Frevisse Medieval Mystery Series #1) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This first book by author Margaret Frazer introduces the audience to Dame Frevisse a nun in England during the Middle Ages, Chaucer being her Uncle. Frevisse lives the life of a cloistered Nun, restricted food, talk, and praying many times a day, while trying to solve the murder of one of the nunnery's benefactors. The accused - the newest member of the nunnery, Sister Thomasine, who will in two weeks take her vows and be wed to Christ. Frazer wonderfully draws the reader into the era, with the flavor of language. Her characters are well rounded and some readers may see Frevisse as the Middle Ages answer to Miss Marple. Enjoy!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
In 1431, the convent of St. Frideswide's peaceful English September is disrupted by the arrival of a familiar but less-than-welcome guest. Lady Ermentrude, great aunt to the saintly novice Thomasine, always enjoys tormenting the timid girl by threatening to find her a husband before Thomasine can take her final vows. This time she's just two weeks away from that great moment. So when Ermentraude dies of poisoning in St. Fridewide's guest hall, after a hard and hasty ride on some mysterious family business, Thomasine - unlikely murderess though she might make - is nevertheless everyone's prime suspect. Everyone's, that is, except Sister Frevisse. Although she has to admit that Thomasine does look guilty, the convent's hosteler looks elsewhere instead of accepting the too-easy answer (in contrast to the 'crowner' who investigates on the King's behalf, and the rest of Lady Ermentrude's family). I seldom read mysteries. I picked this one up because of its setting in time and place, hoping for a few hours of amusement and author Frazer delivered that in spades. Sister Frevisse, a mixture of involuntarily learned worldliness and devotion to the godly, contemplative life that's her choice, is a thoroughly original character. So, in their different ways, are the tale's other major players. What pleased me most, though, was the simple joy of reading a novel that depicts medieval nuns as people. That by itself would have been more than worth the read.
annbury on LibraryThing 2 days ago
The first in the Sister Frevisse series, introducing the clever if rather chilly Frevisse, and the 15th century convent where she spends her life. The major characters are well drawn (though the minor ones sometimes seem interchangeable) and the story held my interested. But the most interesting thing about the book is the historical setting, which seems meticulously researched, and is most convincing.
LisaMaria_C on LibraryThing 2 days ago
This has been compared to Ellis Peter's Brother Cadfael stories, and I certainly can see several superficial similarities. Like Brother Cadfael, sleuth Sister Frevisse is a monastic in the Benedictine order in an abbey in medieval England. However, I didn't find this first novel in the series anywhere near as engaging. Part of that is I believe Peters is the stronger writer and in particular Cadfael is a stronger character, one who had an active life in the world as a sailor and crusader before taking religious vows. Sister Frevisse is likable enough, with some wit and humor yet unlike Cadfael somehow failing to project any warmth. I liked Frevisse's connection to Chaucer--she's purportedly the niece and former ward of the famous poet's son. The story was entertaining and plausible and made an interesting use of the historical intrigues of the period leading to the War of the Roses. However, as a mystery I found it rather predictable.
MrsLee on LibraryThing 3 months ago
I've discovered another mystery author to read! I enjoyed this so much that I read it straight through. The history is well written, the characters are interesting, and there is even a bit of wry humor to it. I enjoyed the mystery, though I had inklings of the solution, I didn't have it all pieced together by the end. I fully intend to pursue this author and read more of her books, haven't decided yet whether or not to keep them for rereading.
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