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By Margaret Frazer

From the pages of the Edgar-nominated Dame Frevisse series...

A ROYAL INTRIGUE...

In the past due autumn of 1435, Joliffe and his fellow gamers are in London to accomplish for the Bishop Beaufort. yet his Eminence has different tasks in brain for the corporate. With the Duke of Bedford's passing, formidable lords and monks are plotting to imagine his function as consultant to the younger King Henry VI - and the Bishop must understand what his opponents are planning.

Dispatched to entertain - and secret agent on - England's royals, Joliffe and corporate come across intrigue from quite a few factions either inside of and with out the dominion. And while males who recognize an excessive amount of start to die in violent methods, the gamers begin to worry for his or her personal lives...

PRAISE FOR JOLIFFE

"[In A Play of Knaves] the writer seamlessly weaves in interval information that supply the reader a real experience of the perils, good looks, and truth of existence at the present. The secret, as constantly, is expertly performed, and revolves round actual matters of the time. Any reader attracted to mysteries and historical past will locate this one definitely worth the time." - CA Reviews
"If you're an historic secret fan...you'll are looking to rush out and get this excellent sequence ... Entertains and confounds with its intricately plotted secret and richly unique writing..." - The Romance Readers Connection

"Brings the interval to lush life... Such richly imagined mysteries come round too rarely." - Roundtable Reviews

compliment FOR MARGARET FRAZER

"Prepare to be enchanted as Margaret Frazer transports you again to the fifteenth century." - Romantic Times

"More than simply an excellent learn. The reader comes away sadder and wiser, figuring out that what tehy've learn is that stuff of actual existence. Brava!" - Historical Novels Review

"A soft and soaking up saga of conspiracy and treachery in 15th-century England... A tantalizing mystery seems to have wonderful political implications." - Publishers Weekly

"Finely plotted and subtly shaded. Frazer has the specified substance that brings an period to lifestyles, whereas her characters' mental make-up is as cunningly wrought because the old background." - Publishers Weekly

"Margaret Frazer has quietly claimed her position as one of many preeminent writers of old crime fiction, providing the total package deal - an excellent secret, marvelous characters, and a desirable interval of background. Her novels are a dream to read." - Aunt Agatha's Newsletter

Herodotus Award Winner.
Twice nominated for the Edgar Award
Twice nominated for the Minnesota ebook Award
A Romantic instances best Pick.

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Although he had a pretty convinced considered what was once in Hal Medcote’s middle and didn't love it. the place his father’s demise might have been an opportunity to start a therapeutic of the entire angers and wrongs Medcote had performed, Hal seemed set as a substitute on deepening and spreading the ugliness. He was once forming a question approximately Hal whilst Gil set his emptied cup apart and requested, “Should we be seeing approximately nutrition now? ” He sounded loads like Ellis whilst Ellis had had sufficient of Joliffe making questions that Joliffe needed to carry again from giggling whereas obediently turning the controversy towards meals and the place they could purchase a few within the village. The alewife was once as important there as along with her ale, pleased to fill their bottle whereas telling them who had performed baking that morning and that her daughter-in-law had a few new cheese from a cow that had calved early. Paying her with cash and thank you, they went on their quest and had higher fortune with it than Rose had was hoping for. the one loaves someone might promote them have been a rough mixture of rye and barley, yet this finish of the 12 months few within the village have been prone to have greater, they usually have been absolutely greater than none. in addition to that, the daughter-in-law was once happy to promote a few of her new cheese and she or he was once even persuaded, by way of Joliffe’s prepared speak and some extra cash, to half with a few meat from a newly butchered lamb she have been readying for her household’s supper. “So you’d higher get yourselves away with it, ahead of they discover what I’ve done,” she jested at them as she gave it over, wrapped in rhubarb leaves. Taking it with a bow like a courtier receiving largess from royal arms, Joliffe acknowledged, “It is the extra beneficial for being bought out of your reasonable arms. i'll betray you to not anyone, solid my girl. ” She blushed and laughed and informed him and Gil to get on their approach. They went and have been good outdoor the village ahead of Gil stated of a surprising, “That used to be loads of speak you had from the alewife. you place out to discover issues out and also you did. ” He grinned. “It’s an outstanding factor it was once me rather than Ellis with you. ” Joliffe matched his grin. “Yes. ” “Did you discover out whatever? That is helping, I suggest. ” “Nothing that is helping. no longer but besides. possibly if i've got an opportunity to benefit extra there’ll be items that healthy, yet not anything does but. ” “Oh. ” Gil used to be disillusioned via that, however it used to be the reality. If he had discovered something that helped, Joliffe didn't are aware of it but, and what stunned him used to be how little he cared. If the avid gamers got go away to head in the hour, he might elect a unfastened center, thoroughly keen to go away Medcote’s dying unsolved at the back of him. He simply was hoping they got go away to move earlier than an individual murdered Hal Medcote, who seemed as more likely to it as ever his father were. With the sector hidden from the lane by way of the hedge, it was once in basic terms as they got here to the gateway that Gil stated, “Uh-oh,” and Joliffe silently echoed him. halfway among gate and camp, Basset and Ellis have been status in speak with 4 riders. New trouble—that used to be Joliffe’s first notion, ahead of he observed of the riders have been Kyping and Kyping’s guy.

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