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The Novice's Tale by Margaret Frazer1
The Servant's Tale by Margaret Frazer2
The Witch's Tale by Margaret Frazer2.5, short story
The Outlaw's Tale by Margaret Frazer3
The Bishop's Tale by Margaret Frazer4
The Midwife's Tale by Margaret Frazer4.5, short story
The Boy's Tale by Margaret Frazer5
The Murderer's Tale by Margaret Frazer6
The Prioress' Tale by Margaret Frazer7
The Maiden's Tale by Margaret Frazer8
The Reeve's Tale by Margaret Frazer9
The Squire's Tale by Margaret Frazer10
The Clerk's Tale by Margaret Frazer11
The Bastard's Tale by Margaret Frazer12
The Hunter's Tale by Margaret Frazer13
The Widow's Tale by Margaret Frazer14
The Sempster's Tale by Margaret Frazer15
The Traitor's Tale by Margaret Frazer16
The Apostate's Tale by Margaret Frazer17
The Mammoth Book of New Historical Whodunits by Mike Ashley18 short story
The Stone-Worker's Tale by Margaret Frazer18 short story
Winter Heart by Margaret Frazer19 novella
The Clerk's Tale / The Bastard's Tale / The Hunter's Tale by Margaret FrazerOmnibus 11-13

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A series of British mystery/crime novels featuring Sister (Dame) Frevisse, a 15th-century Benedictine nun with "a skill of finding things out" in the priory of St Frideswide's in Oxfordshire. Sister Frevisse is the great-niece of Geoffrey Chaucer, and other historical figures make appearances.

The series is discussed in "Margaret Frazer: Sister Frevisse and Medieval Mysteries" by Patricia W. Julius in: The Detective as Historian ed. by Ray B. Browne and Lawrence A. Kreiser, Jr. (Bowling Green, OH : Bowling Green State University, 2000), pp. 122-132.

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