SPOILER ALERT: Another excellent installment in the series. Of course, this is only book two, but my hope is the series continues along at its high standard.
Once again, the mystery is complex and the culprit not immediately obvious. Only when Sister Fiacre was killed did the light go on and I guessed who and the motivation for the killings. Sad, really.
I love the detail of the cloister and the nuns duties and routines. Margaret Frazer really did a good job of immersing the reader in time and place. (For those, like me, who really enjoy visualizing a scene, there are a couple of maps of St. Frideswide on Margaret Frazer's website which you might want to check out.) She also possessed a gift for making a simple scene quite poignant. The whole scene with Meg and Barnaby and the orange had me tearing up.
The only annoyance in the entire book was, again, Montfort. But he is meant to be annoying, so Margaret Frazer did her job there. I only hope Dame Frevisse does not have to put up with his ignorance in every single book. I've already ordered the next title and can't wait for it to get here.
- Mass Market Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Berkley Pub Group; Reissue edition (1 July 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780425143896
- ISBN-13: 978-0425143896
- ASIN: 0425143899
- Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 1.6 x 17.1 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 113 g
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