Review: The Servant’s Tale

The Servant's Tale (Sister Frevisse Medieval Mysteries)The Servant’s Tale by Margaret Frazer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The title should have given it away but I was quite surprised at the revelation of the perpetrator of the horrible crimes portrayed in this book.

Again, Frazer captures the nature of the late medieval Benedictine priory well, and weaves the advent of murder and its resolution into that setting. The broader societal polity – class, villeinage, etc – is also well described and captured in the grand narrative that is the setting for Dame Frevisse’s intervention.

Although only the second of the series – there are many more to go – I am impressed by the writing style of Frazer and the way in which she crafts her story. I am also impressed by the primary protagonist and the way in which Frazer continues to develop her character, along with that of her sisters of the priory, as the series unfolds.

I look forward to the next book in the series.

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