"Excellent work for fans of historical mysteries"
It is a comparative mild January day in 1446 England.
However, Dame Frevisse has a mixed blessing about the
weather, as she must leave her home in the St. Frideswide's
Priory. Travel is awful because the roads are muddy and
slick. She and her prioress, Sister Domina Elisabeth are
going to see her dying cousin at St. Mary's Priory.
Once they arrive, they find no room for them even
though they were expected. A murder has been committed and
people are gathering for the inquest. They find out the
victim is her old nemeses Morys Montfort who had come to
Goring to settle an inheritance dispute. Although Frevisse
never liked the victim, she felt it was up to God to bring
him to justice not man. When Morys' son asks Frevisse to
investigate she feels she has no choice but to agree. As
she learns more about the inheritance dispute she becomes
convinced that one of the many parties involved is the
killer. The only problem is how to prove who it is.
Margaret Frazer is in top form as she write the eighth
installment in the "Dame Frevisse Medieval Mystery"
series. The heroine, who has chosen her true calling,
feels closer to God than anyone and the audience responds
to her goodness and purity of soul. THE CLERK'S TALE is an
excellent work for fans of historical mysteries as the tale
is thoroughly researched and totally believable.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted December 1, 2001