Reviewer: Mary Lignor
Title: A Play of Treachery
Author: Margaret Frazer
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Release Date: December 2009
Genre/Sub-genre: Historical Cozy Mystery
Year/Setting: 1438, England and France
Overall Rating: 5.0
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Minimal
Margaret's Website/Blog: www.margaretfrazer.com
This author writes fascinating medieval mysteries. The main character Joliffe, the player, is a very enchanting character but also, at the same time, very down-to-earth as he makes his way through a dense trail of secrets.
Following an agreement that he made to serve the very powerful Bishop Beaufort, Joliffe and his company of players have made a deal with the devil. At least it seems that way in the winter of 1436, when the Bishop sends Joliffe by himself to France and into the middle of a war. In France, Joliffe is to act as a servant to the duchess of Bedford. Her husband has recently died and the Bishop would like Joliffe to look after her. His real purpose however is to train as a spy under her late husband's spymaster and he soon finds that all the riches of a widow's household is not a defense against murder.
This book brings the medieval life to the foreground. It will entertain you with the convoluted plotting of the mystery and writing. I really loved this character. Joliffe has assumed many roles on the stage to the delight of his audiences. And, now in the company of a traveling troupe of performers he will find himself in the role of detective. I believe that Margaret Frazer has outdone herself this time, if that's possible. If you're not a Frazer fan already I suggest you find some of her books at your local library and read, read, read. Believe me, you will enjoy them.
I'll talk to you soon,
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