By Margaret Frazer

From the pages of the nationwide bestselling Dame Frevisse mysteries...

A competition OF MURDER...

In the early summer season of 1438, Joliffe and his fellow avid gamers have arrived in Coventry for the theatrical pageant of Corpus Christi Day. hired by way of one of many city's wealthy and robust service provider guilds, they plan to provide of the various performs so one can extravagantly depict all of God's tale in a parade of pomp and pageantry.

But whilst they organize to accomplish the Nativity, Joliffe will be known as directly to play a smart guy off the degree besides. while the service provider grasp Kydwa is going lacking and is presumed useless, the crafty Bishop Beaufort calls on Joliffe's talents as a secret agent to discover the mysteries of Coventry's elite. As suspicion falls on his personal partners, Joliffe is drawn into the devilish machinations of a mystery sect of heretics bent on destroying the Church. The gamers should be compelled to offer the harrowing of Hell, yet will Joliffe have the ability to get to the bottom of a confession of corruption ahead of Coventry's darkish enigmas unharness a medieval bloodbath of the innocents?


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Let’s test the clothing. No,” he ordered, slowing everyone’s surge towards the benches. “Keep your arms off all of it till Cecily promises what’s yours. Prophets first. the remainder of you after that as you return on on your components. ” through then Cecily had entire and folded the gown she were stitching, had set it beside the others alongside the benches, and now, nonetheless with downcast eyes, all started taking on clothing handy to every guy and boy as they got here ahead. She had given Joliffe and Richard Eme and Hew their gowns and was once delivering Simeon’s whilst a guy Joliffe didn't recognize got here into the backyard. He gave a short go searching, then crossed on to Burbage, final in line, who didn't see him coming till the guy took carry on his elbow. Burbage startled. the guy leaned just about say whatever shut into his ear. A second later Burbage snapped his head round, stared at him for one frozen speedy, then veered out of line. “I need to see to something,” he stated to Sendell. Sendell, frowning, were beginning his mouth towards protest, yet on the urgency in Burbage’s voice, he closed off his protest and nodded recognition of his leaving. Spurred via Burbage’s urgency and without greater cause than his possibly damnable interest, Joliffe dumped his prophet’s gown onto the only in Richard Eme’s hands, acknowledged, “Here. carry it for me. Thanks,” and Burbage with out even the courtesy of excusing himself to Sendell. He in brief puzzled if it used to be no longer an oversight at the theologians’ half to have did not comprise interest one of the lethal Sins. Burbage and the guy who had come for him have been going out the gate at a stroll no longer relatively a run. together with his longer legs, Joliffe used to be capable of overtake them on the street, asking as he did, “Burbage, what's it? now not one in every of your sons? ” rather than Burbage, the opposite guy replied, too rattled to maintain it in. “It’s Ned Eme. He’s striking on our festival wagon. ” bankruptcy 15 The smiths had all started readying their festival wagon, too, yet had but to roll it out of its shed into the backyard. Their shed being better than the weavers’, they'd been capable, up to now, to paintings sheltered opposed to the most likely probability of rain. With the westering sun slanting low and lengthy into the shed, Joliffe may possibly see the stairs from the wagon to the floor have been already in position and that the degree house’s body on the wagon’s a ways finish was once up. Deeply fascinated with his personal paintings as he have been, he had now not but taken in a lot approximately different guilds’ performs, yet right here a thick put up mounted to at least one aspect of the wagon, a excessive crosspiece thrusting out to 1 facet, may perhaps in basic terms be the “tree” from which Judas was once stated to have hung himself in his melancholy and guilt. That intended the smiths’ festival has to be Christ’s ardour and Crucifixion, that being the play that sometimes had Judas’ dying. whilst the wagon was once rolled out of the competition condominium, that cross-arm could thrust out over the backyard after which over the road. right here it thrust purely towards a wall. And the following and now it may were naked, not more than an empty danger of a gallows. as an alternative a physique hung from it.

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