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Book Review: The Maiden's Tale

Reviewed By: Carol Schwaderer Dickinson - RAM

[5 stars]

The Maiden's Tale     Amazon US PB Amazon Canada PB
Margaret Frazer
Class/Genre:   Mystery   Historical   Cozy   Woman Main Character   Religious Fiction
Series: Dame Frevisse Medieval Mysteries # 8
Berkley Prime Crime; 1998; $5.99; 245 pp

This tale is one of the best in the series. Early in the series I really enjoyed the interwoven themes of the Canterbury Tales, the Chaucer family and other historical figures. This one allowed that element to reappear and tied up some threads from previous stories in the series, although it will stand alone and will not spoil reading previous books later.

Set outside the convent of St. Frideswide's in the world of political intrigue among the nobility of England in the reign of Henry VI, it reads quickly, with a lot of detail that brings the reader into the time and place. There is very little explanation of the historical background of the times. This won't confuse people who got a decent grade in history in school. but it may others who don't have a clear understanding of the Tudor family genealogy before.

Carol Schwaderer Dickinson - RAM

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