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Editorial Reviews. About the Author. Margaret Frazer was a finalist for an Edgar Award for Best The small company of players of which Joliffe Ripon is a member has had a streak of luck. Lord Lovell has become their sponsor and added a.
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Sister Cecely, who fled St. Joliffe finds work in a hospital. The unpopular Mistress Thorncoffyn is a very demanding patient - but is she the target of a killer? To uncover the truth, Joliffe must unravel the machinations of a heretical sect bent on destroying the church. Our Facebook Page. Events Sept 2 Closed Sept 25, pm D.

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Signed by the author on the title page. Novel, pages, Mass Market Paperback, 1st Edition. Dispatched by Bishop Beaufort to entertain - and spy on - England's royals, Joliffe and his fellow players encounter intrigue from factions within and without the kingdom.

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In France to act as servant to a duchess - while actually training in spycraft - Joliffe learns just how dangerous secrets can be when a member of the household is murdered. Aug 26, S. I picked this book up recently because it was set in the medieval era. I am nuts about that period of history anyway, so couldn't pass up this chance of owning a book set in this time. This is actually the second book in the series about Joliffe, but is the first I've ever read about him and his friends.

I loved all the characters and their easy familiarity with each other. I loved the fact that the story revolved around a group of travelling players, another subject I am very much interested in I picked this book up recently because it was set in the medieval era. I loved the fact that the story revolved around a group of travelling players, another subject I am very much interested in. The ending was quite exciting with plenty of revelations which I won't reveal to anyone.

For some reason, this book put me in mind of 'The Red Necklace' by Sally Gardner, even though they're set in different eras. That's a good thing, though, because I thoroughly enjoyed The Red Necklace! I will be very interested in picking up more books about Joliffe and the Dame Frevisse Mysteries too as and when I can get my hands on them.

Dec 19, Susan rated it liked it. Joliffe and his company are dispatched by their patron Lord Lovell to investigate a suspicious death.

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Mostly he reworks existing plays to fit the resources of his small company. Sep 04, Robert rated it really liked it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. A mystery about preventing a murder rather than solving one, though an earlier death is involved. The story is well plotted, though I figured out the connection with the title a bit early. Joliffe's character deepens and the players' interaction never exceed their historical limitations of station.

A vipers nest is what our company wanders into and they are lucky to escape with their patronage intact.

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Very good read As usual, I really enjoyed reading this! The author always lets me escape from the problems of today and remember that some problems have always existed. I love visiting the British country side as well as the characters. Oct 12, Susan K. Once again, the medieval atmosphere is captured well.


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The plot is convoluted and the characters twisted. Our player cum investigator has his hands full with this one. Sep 24, Vicki Carlson rated it really liked it.

Four stars for interesting characters and good use of history. Two and a half stars for almost total lack of mystery. Jan 30, Gayle rated it liked it. This is the second book in a series by Margaret Frazer about the player Joliffe and the acting troupe to which he belongs, and how they go about solving murders in medieval England. This troupe of players is introduced in Frazer's other series, the Dame Frevisse books I quite liked the first book in the series, A Play of Isaac, so I was ready for more.

And I like the series, on the whole, but with some few reservations. Good things: the characterizations are good to a point, the milieu convinci This is the second book in a series by Margaret Frazer about the player Joliffe and the acting troupe to which he belongs, and how they go about solving murders in medieval England. Good things: the characterizations are good to a point, the milieu convincing, the stories interesting. Each story is based on a play performed by the troop, which seems to have some historical justification. Not-as-good things: Dux Moraud turns out to have a lot of incestuous overtones, which I don't much care for.

Sir Edmund and his family don't work for me. After laboriously pointing out that Sir Edmund's character will be reflected in the attitudes of his household and community, we find a normal community and household presided over by a cold man and his cold wife, a child that could be psychopathic and a child who is normal. Normal child seems to fit in with the gang, but Dad, Mom and Other Child definitely inhabit their own weird world. How is it that all these mentally ill people are in positions of authority, meaning they're not outcasts or homeless or even unsuccessful?

Having said all this, I will probably continue to read the Joliffe series. Jan 01, Jill Holmes rated it really liked it. In , Joliffe, an actor with a small troupe of traveling players is just growing accustomed to having the patronage of the great Lord Lovell. They must do his bidding, of course, including performing at the manor house of a knight whose daughter is about to be married, expanding their band of players to include Gil a young man destined for the stage, according to Lovell , and adapting to luxurious new clothing and other accoutrements befitting the players of a Lord.

Lord Lovell has ulterior In , Joliffe, an actor with a small troupe of traveling players is just growing accustomed to having the patronage of the great Lord Lovell. Lord Lovell has ulterior motives in sending the players as a wedding gift to the Deneby household; he wants Joliffe who has previously proven to have more than acting wits about him to do some minor sleuthing into the mysterious death of the bride Mariena's prior betrothed. Lovell suspects that Amyas--the latest bridegroom--might also be in danger.

The players have the advantage of being able to talk with both the gentry they serve and a house full of servants. It soon becomes clear the first bridegroom was probably murdered, and there is much more than meets the eye to the Deneby household. The players perform several times, but their actual gift is the play of Dux Moraud about a cuckholded lord.

Does life imitate fiction? It is up to Joliffe to figure it out. Dec 25, Sumi rated it it was amazing Shelves: mystery-medieval-england. 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 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 fat A Play of Dux Moraud is the second book in the Joliffe series. 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.

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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.