Lady Blaunche Fenner is land hungry. She plans to marry her husbands ward, Katherine, to Benedict in order to get more land. Robert, who knows his wards disdain for Benedict, brings Katherine to a convent so that she will be safe, but Blaunche brings her back. What she doesnt bargain for is that the Benedictine nun Dame Frevisse will accompany them back home.

When they return, Robert is in despair, for it looks as if a loveless marriage will be made for Katherine after all. Dame Frevisse, a keen judge of character, observes all and vows to do her utmost to prevent the wedding. Frevisse is surprised at the secrets being kept and when a murder occurs, even the worldly nun is not prepared for the truths reveals.

Prepare to be enchanted as Margaret Frazer transports you back to the 15th century in THE SQUIRES TALE. With much loving attention paid to historical detail, Ms. Frazer spins a tale of death and deception, as well as the happy ending we all desire. (Dec., 288 pp., $6.99) Hardcover published December 2000.

Reviewed by: 
Toby Bromberg