A Play of Lords is the fourth book in the Joliffe series.
This time the troupe of players are in London as part of the entourage of Lord Lovell, theirA Play of Lords is the fourth book in the Joliffe series.
This time the troupe of players are in London as part of the entourage of Lord Lovell, their patron. What seems to be a wonderful opportunity to try their wings in the greatest city in all of England is made less wonderful after Lord Lovell sends them to perform a particular plays for the Bishop Beaufort.
Beaufort tasks them to write and perform a play for him and one doesn't refuse such a powerful man lightly. In no time though they can see that by doing so they've become embroiled in the political intrigues of the day because the Bishop is using their performances of the play and Joliffe's talents to further his own ends.
The story was light on actual mystery and much heavier on the very complex politics of the period. This is the stuff that's leading up to the War of the Roses after all and we all know what a mess that was.
The most important thing, though was that this was the pivotal moment in Joliffe's life, the major stepping stone in his evolution from mere player, as he was first introducted in "The Servant's Tale", to the spy/agent that he becomes later in life (read the Dame Frevisse series by the same author). ...more
A Play of Dux Moraud is the second book in the Joliffe series.
The small troupe of players gets a new member, Gil, taken on at the request of their neA Play of Dux Moraud is the second book in the Joliffe series.
The small troupe of players gets a new member, Gil, taken on at the request of their new patron, Lord Lovell. They also learn the primary reason he became their patron as he sends them to the manor of Deneby, one of Lord Lovell's landholders. Lord Lovell has an uneasy feeling about the upcoming marriage of Sir Edmund's daughter. Her previous fiancee had died suddenly before the marriage could take place and he wonders if the same fate might befall the new one.
On the surface everything seems to be well and good but as Joliffe digs deeper all sorts of sordid details come to light.
As always, the author points just the right amount of daily life detail into the book to keep me from skipping straight to the end of the book. I read not so much to discover who did what to who, I read because I'm interested in the characters.
I find all the members of the troupe to be interesting and likeable individuals. This second book also sets the relationship between the players and their patron. He feels the troupe to be talented entertainers but their primary importance to him lies in their abilities as detectives operating on his behalf. ...more
A Play of Isaac is the first in the Joliffe series of mysteries.
Joliffe was introduced in Frazer's Dame Frevisse mysteries first as a member of a trouA Play of Isaac is the first in the Joliffe series of mysteries.
Joliffe was introduced in Frazer's Dame Frevisse mysteries first as a member of a troupe of down--on-their-luck players and continues to pop up intermittantly in them.
In this story, taking place not long after the events that introduced them in 'The Servants Tale', the troupe is in Oxford. They have been invited to stay at the home of one of the merchants in exchange for some entertainment. To the troupe the deal is better than what they've been getting of late and they happily accept.
The ever curious Joliffe can't help but notice things and that's all to the good because not long after they arrive, they find a dead body outside the barn they're being housed in. Then a mysterious food poisoning strikes during a feast resulting in the death of Lewis, who was to be betrothed to the daughter of the house in spite of the fact that he had down's syndrome.
Joliffe solves the mystery, as he always does and almost as if by way of reward, Lord Lovell, a visitor to the merchant becomes their patron, giving them a guaranteed income in addition to his protection....more
Most historic novels set in Japan take place during the Shogunate. This mystery series is unique in that it takes place centuries earlier in the HeaiaMost historic novels set in Japan take place during the Shogunate. This mystery series is unique in that it takes place centuries earlier in the Heaian era in the eleventh century.
All sorts of mysteries mesh together when Akitada is asked by his old university professor, Hirata, to investigate a case of blackmail. A young girl is murdered and a prince miraculously vanishes while praying at a temple, the story being that he was transported to Buddhahood.
I really enjoyed the characters and the rare setting. Sometimes I get a little tired of all the detectives being an agent of the Shogun....more
Although Laura is nowhere in the book, this is possibly my favorite out of all the Little House books (it's a coin toss between it and The Long WinterAlthough Laura is nowhere in the book, this is possibly my favorite out of all the Little House books (it's a coin toss between it and The Long Winter).
There's not so much plot as the passing of the year in this book, but I love this book for its description of the day to day farm life of the period. What's more, in spite of the dawn-to-dusk aspect of the work, Almanzo loved it. There's a lot to be said for being able to look back at the end of the day and realize just how much you accomplished.
Ahh, which did I love most, The Long Winter or Farmer Boy?
This is a great story of perserverance and just plain survival under some unexpectedly harsAhh, which did I love most, The Long Winter or Farmer Boy?
This is a great story of perserverance and just plain survival under some unexpectedly harsh conditions. When an extraordinarily harsh winter hits the Dakotas and the trains are unable to bring supplies, the underprovisioned homesteaders pretty much have to rely on their wits to last through the winter.
Reading about the simple gifts that Laura gave that Christmas makes you think, boy have Christmas expectations changed over the years. Living on wheat bread day after day for weeks, the clever light Ma constructed with axle grease as the fuel and the sticks of hay. My friend, Lynne and I actually visited DeSmet and saw an example of one of the sticks of hay, which was helpful because I really was having a hard time visualizing what one looked like. ...more