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The Boy's Tale (Sister Frevisse #5)

3.99 of 5 stars 3.99  ·  rating details  ·  546 ratings  ·  19 reviews
Who could ever want to harm two young boys, ages five and six? When the boys are half brothers to Henry VI, King of England, the list is long and distinguished. A lady in their mother's household flees with the boys to St. Frideswide's and asks Sister Frevisse to offer then sanctuary. Unable to refuse children, she takes them in and conceals them. But as attempts are made ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 233 pages
Published August 1st 1995 by Berkley Prime Crime
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Vickey Kall
I stayed up till 2 am to finish this; that rates 4 stars. If you like history, especially the kind of history that backs Shakespeare's plays, you will enjoy this series.
This is the 5th book in the series, I think, and perhaps if I'd read the first 4 I'd warm up to the character a bit more. We see the daily doings of a 15th-century nunnery through the eyes of several characters, but mostly through Sister Frevisse's. She's the "Miss Marple" of the series, but stern and no-nonsense.
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I Chose to read Margaret Frazer's, The Boy's Tale, because this author is an Edgar Award Nominee. The title is a mystery and an historical fiction so it met two of my favorite genres. Though the plot development took awhile to grap my interest, it is a worthy read. This medieval mystery with the fearless Sister Frevisse and the Sisters of St. Frideswide cloister monastery offer sanctuary to two small boys, several women and three knights after their entourage was attacked by unknown outlaws. In ...more
Jill Holmes
St. Frideswide's convent is more quiet than even the usual Benedictine near silence. Its esteemed and beloved Prioress Domina Edith is slowly, slowly approaching her last hours on earth. Prayers for her peaceful leave-taking fill the hearts of all the nuns including Dame Frevisse. But the peace is shattered as, near the convent's walls, an attempt is made to abduct or perhaps kill two small boys. The attackers are slain, and their knight and guard Sir Gawyn is seriously injured. The lady accompa ...more
Kathy Davie
Fifth in the Sister Frevisse medieval mystery series revolving around Dame Frevisse, a Benedictine nun with a talent for deduction.

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Frazer effortlessly pulls us into an intriguing story about the medieval world of a house of nuns with its manners, mores, and style of living and one that makes me want to dig deeper into the history of Owen Tudor. I seem to recall that his children are the start of the Tudor line of kings. This particular tale is incited by the secret life of Katherine of Va
Katie Bee
Knew who the boys were instantly, just from the names and the time period. I'm not sure they always act as young as they're supposed to be - they seem more like 9 and 10 - but that's probably due to the fact that children of this era grew up more quickly. A well done book, and I was particularly sad for one of the deaths.
c1995. This seems to be 2 authors ie Mary Monica Kuhfield and Gail Bacon writing as Margaret Frazer. I am never quite sure why this is done - I always have this feeling that "they" are trying to con me..I have no idea why or why it worries me so. I got well into the book and was enjoying it to a point. The pace suited the calmness of a nunnery in a way but then I just got all worked up as the story started to focus on the imminent death of the Prioress. Rightly or wrongly, I did not want to read ...more
Alison Dellit
Easily in the best in the series so fa, the combination of the description of the political intrigue around the Tudor family, and the rapid dense plotting and coverage of nunnery life, made this one of those rare mysteries I didn't want to end.
This is a delightful historical/cozy mystery. Two small boys of importance to many people because of they are half-brothers to King Henry VI seek sanctuary at St. Frideswide's only to be stalked by a murderer or murderers. Twice attempts are made on the boys' lives and twice they are saved from death. Then two of the men who accompanied them to the nunnery die - one by drowning and the other is stabbed to death. It is up to Sister Frevisse to unravel the mystery. Who is trying to kill the boys a ...more
Unexpected villian

Liked it, but totally over Dame Alys. Good mystery, would of enjoyed more context for the boys and their provenance.
Another absorbing story with historical background of the politics of the fifteenth century, and insights into medieval life, particularly that of a nunnery.
Catherine  Mustread
Not my favorite of the Sister Frevisse series so far but I did like the connection with the Tudor Boys. The ending seemed rushed and not fully explained, especially the arrival of Sister Frevisse's cousin, the Duchess of Suffolk and her part in the mystery.

I do enjoy reading about this time period and the nunnery characters are interesting. The impending death of the Prioress is a secondary theme, and if this is the first or only book you've read in the series would not be nearly as meaningful.
I think I learn more about history from historical fiction than any of my classes. Pathetic, I know. I wish Frazer would stop killing off the characters I like. I wonder what it says about me that my favorite characters are usually squires or stable masters. Probably that I like my men to be “salt of the earth” types. Either that or I have a kinky blue-collar fetish. lol
Another great entry in a great series. I wish that Frazer had somehow managed to inject a little more of the historical background for the sake of readers who don't have all these medieval royal machinations in memory, but it is a great read even without that. I didn't guess whodunit until quite late in the game, which was fun.
Jul 26, 2008 Eppie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Eppie by: My Honey
Good book. Historical facts and imagination all in one. It is interesting to see other peoples determination to save children. And the innocence children can have to encourage the adults.
Melanie Barbarito
Another lovely little mystery. I feel as though I must have read other Sister Frevisse mysteries, but I don't have them listed.
I read these books some time ago. I enjoyed the mix of historical fiction and mystery.
A bit of a royal connection with this one!
Elizabeth Boyle
Enjoyed this one a lot!
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Margaret Frazer is a pen name used at first by Mary Monica Pulver Kuhfeld and Gail Lynn Frazer writing in tandem for a series of historical medieval mysteries featuring Dame Frevisse. After the sixth novel, the works are written by Gail Frazer alone, and the name has subsequently been used exclusively by her. A second series of novels by Ms Frazer set in the same time and place feature the player/ ...more
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Sister Frevisse (1 - 10 of 21 books)
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  • The Servant's Tale (Sister Frevisse, #2)
  • The Outlaw's Tale (Sister Frevisse, #3)
  • The Bishop's Tale (Sister Frevisse, #4)
  • The Murderer's Tale (Sister Frevisse, #6)
  • The Prioress' Tale (Sister Frevisse, #7)
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