A Play of Treachery (A Joliffe Mystery)

By Margaret Frazer


In agreeing to serve the strong Bishop Beaufort, Joliffe and his gamers have made what could be a take care of the satan. It definitely turns out so within the wintry weather of 1436, whilst the Bishop sends Joliffe by myself to France and into the center of a war.

There, Joliffe is to behave as a servant to the duchess Jacquetta of Bedford -- younger, appealing, and lately widowed. yet his actual challenge is to coach as a undercover agent lower than the past due duke's spymaster, and he quickly unearths that each one the wealth of a widow's loved ones isn't any safety opposed to homicide; a city's partitions aren't any security opposed to enemies inside; and never merely suggest can function spies...


"If you're an old secret fan...you'll are looking to rush out and get this excellent sequence ... Entertains and confounds with its intricately plotted secret and richly special writing..." - The Romance Readers Connection

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


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

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

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

"Finely plotted and subtly shaded. Frazer has the specified substance that brings an period to existence, 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 historic crime fiction, providing the total package deal - an exceptional secret, exceptional characters, and a desirable interval of heritage. 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 publication Award
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Seeing him including my girl Jacquetta, you needed to ask yourself. Beast and sweetness. It used to be his first spouse matched him top in years and all. God maintain her appealing soul. ” Strugge crossed himself and shook his head. “My lord used to be by no means a similar after she died. Then he married into the Luxembourg alliance. there has been not anyone who doubted that might set Burgundy opposed to him. now not yet what all people used to be all sure-to-a-safe-bet by means of then that Burgundy was once set on foreswearing all his oaths besides and going over to the Armagnacs. notwithstanding the bastard may have waited until eventually Bedford was once lifeless ahead of he did it. I want you pleasure of the duke of Burgundy and all his treacheries, that I do. It’s Gloucestershire for me. ” only for mischief, Joliffe requested in seeming-innocence, “But that’s with reference to Wales, isn’t it? difficulty can pop out of Wales, too, you recognize. ” “Huh. the place I suggest to be, there’s the large Severn to maintain the Welsh away. Nor will I be close to the coast both. The French have come a-raiding alongside there prior to now, and how issues are going, they're going to back, and that i suggest by no means even to work out one other Frenchman if i will be able to support it. ” Joliffe suspected that any French who knew Strugge most likely felt an identical approximately him. What Joliffe could have cherished to listen to extra approximately was once woman Jacquetta herself. to this point, he were not more than provided to her through Strugge, had bowed low to her, and had her say to him in cautious English as he straightened, “I am happy you're come to affix my family, grasp Ripon. ” “As am I happy to be the following, my lady,” he had responded. She had smiled, given a small nod that used to be contract and dismissal jointly, and that were that. past it, he had in simple terms been capable of draw out of Strugge that she was once “not a tough woman. ” no matter what that will suggest. definitely, Joliffe have been shocked at how younger she was once. may she be even 20 years previous? if this is the case, how younger had she been whilst Bedford married her? She did have the fair-haired, fair-skinned, fine-boned loveliness that appears younger “for an unfair variety of years,” as he had as soon as heard an resentful lady say, so he used to be might be ill-guessing her age, and he couldn't deliver himself to invite Strugge outright. “Mind you retain a cautious eye for outdated Wydeville,” Strugge used to be reminding him back. “I’ve proven you there’s no longer quite a bit paintings that you’ll be despatched cross-eyed through it. yet you might want to glance busy adequate you don’t get saddled with different paintings. Wydeville doesn’t imagine a man’s time may be his personal. ” Joliffe suspected his time may certainly no longer be his personal as soon as grasp Wydeville took him in hand, yet in the meantime he did certainly ask yourself how there has been sufficient paintings as secretary to spin into even the looks of being absolutely busy. His major dealing will be with the letters and account rolls from the English houses that had come to girl Jacquetta as her dowry at her marriage and her dower at Bedford’s loss of life. source of revenue and houses were settled on her as a part of the particular marriage contract, yet through legislation, at Bedford’s loss of life, one-third of his different homes grew to become hers for all times as his widow.

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