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The Sempster's Tale by Margaret Frazer
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Sep 11, 2009

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bookshelves: mystery, historical

Set in London, amidst the Jack Cade Rebellion of 1450, and exploring the question of Jews in England (secretly, of course, as they were outlawed), Frazier provides a rich historical backdrop to the sordidness of murder.

In this installment of the series Dame Frevisse, a nun from the convent of St. Frideswide, has been sent to London on a trip meant to combine business for a relative and her convent. Once there, however, she is unwillingly pulled into a number of closely guarded secrets--all of which lead to obscure the true motives of a murderer.
On of the delights of ecumenical amateur sleuths is that they allow for contemplation of the difference between upholding the law and upholding justice--as well as consideration of human sins (even those that don't end in murder). Dame Frevisse proves to love justice and mercy, making her a thoughtful seeker of truth (and Truth).

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