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Margaret Frazer (1946–2013)

Author of The Novice's Tale

47+ Works 6,156 Members 123 Reviews 13 Favorited

About the Author

Includes the names: Margaret Frazer, by Margaret Frazer

Disambiguation Notice:

Margaret Frazer is a pen name used at first by Mary Monica Pulver Kuhfeld and Gail Frazer for a series of historical medieval mysteries featuring Dame Frevisse. After the sixth novel, the works are written by Gail Frazer alone. A second series of novels set in the same time and place feature the player/minstrel Joliffe

Series

Works by Margaret Frazer

The Novice's Tale (1992) 608 copies
The Servant's Tale (1993) 379 copies
The Reeve's Tale (1999) 312 copies
The Boy's Tale (1995) 294 copies
The Squire's Tale (2000) 289 copies
The Prioress' Tale (1997) 284 copies
The Hunter's Tale (2004) 277 copies
The Clerk's Tale (2002) 277 copies
The Sempster's Tale (2006) 263 copies
A Play of Isaac (2004) 254 copies
The Bastard's Tale (2003) 252 copies
The Maiden's Tale (1998) — Author — 250 copies
The Widow's Tale (2005) 236 copies
The Outlaw's Tale (1994) 234 copies
The Bishop's Tale (1994) 229 copies

Associated Works

The Mammoth Book of Historical Whodunits Volume 1 (1993) — Contributor — 567 copies
The Mammoth Book of Historical Detectives (1995) — Contributor — 223 copies
The Mammoth Book of More Historical Whodunnits (2001) — Contributor — 148 copies
Shakespearean Whodunnits (1997) — Contributor — 142 copies
The Mammoth Book of New Historical Whodunits (1993) — Contributor — 140 copies
Much Ado About Murder (2002) — Contributor — 98 copies
Royal Whodunnits: Tales of Right Royal Murder and Mystery (1999) — Contributor — 70 copies
Murder Most Medieval: Noble Tales of Ignoble Demises (2000) — Contributor — 65 copies
The Black Lizard Big Book of Locked-Room Mysteries (2019) — Contributor — 24 copies
Murder Most Divine: Ecclesiastical Tales of Unholy Crimes (2000) — Contributor — 23 copies
Murder Most Catholic: Divine Tales of Profane Crimes (2002) — Contributor — 21 copies

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Common Knowledge

Canonical name
Frazer, Margaret
Legal name
Frazer, Gail
Birthdate
1946-11-26
Date of death
2013-02-04
Gender
female
Nationality
USA
Birthplace
Kewanee, Illinois, USA
Places of residence
Elk River, Minnesota, USA
Education
University of Oxford
Occupations
historical novelist
Disambiguation notice
Margaret Frazer is a pen name used at first by Mary Monica Pulver Kuhfeld and Gail Frazer for a series of historical medieval mysteries featuring Dame Frevisse. After the sixth novel, the works are written by Gail Frazer alone. A second series of novels set in the same time and place feature the player/minstrel Joliffe

Members

Reviews

I am a big fan of Dame Frevisse, and this tale is a good one. Frevisse is called upon to be a traveling companion of her Abbess to visit a dying relative. The nunnery is full of guests when they arrive, and so they must stay with a widow who lives nearby.

Frazer does her research well and then gives me an interesting mystery with well rounded characters, so I can see into a slice of the medieval days and times. One can never trust Frazer to give a "happy" ending, but she always gives an ending with a feeling of "right."… (more)
 
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MrsLee | 4 other reviews | Jun 3, 2024 |
Joliffe is in the secret service of a Bishop and has gone to France to learn spycraft. He is on his own because the rest of his acting troop have stayed behind and have no idea where he is.
An enjoyable read, although some of the bits filling the reader in on the history of the war between England and France in the reign of Henry VI dragged. Not so much that it hampered my enjoyment of the story. I always like to travel with Joliffe, and what a pleasant way to learn some medieval history.
 
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MrsLee | 1 other review | Jun 3, 2024 |
Wonderful setting & characters as usual, though the mystery itself seemed a tad feeble -- more an excuse to explore a new setting, which was very interesting.
 
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Abcdarian | 5 other reviews | May 18, 2024 |
Not as good as most of the series; too much politics of the time.
 
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Works
47
Also by
12
Members
6,156
Popularity
#3,994
Rating
3.8
Reviews
123
ISBNs
142
Languages
2
Favorited
13

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