Detective Nuns in Historical Fiction
Murder, whenever, is always a Mistake
Do you like historical fiction? I certainly do, especially novels featuring a murder mystery.
There are some wonderful fictional detectives deducing and deducting away in various centuries and I try to read every one which appears. Once this was fairly simple to do as only a handful of authors produced books of this nature. Now I'm thrilled to see more and more of them writing historical detective mysteries.
Thank heavens for Kindle! I couldn't afford to indulge my reading habit if I had to buy the printed books!
Here's my list of historical detecting nuns solving complex plots and spanning years of murder most foul.
Who is Sister Frevisse?
Dame Frevisse is a clever Benedictine nun in the 15th-century Oxfordshire convent of St. Frideswide's, during the reign of Henry V1 .
I really appreciate the "English village" murder mysteries here, as we observe the everyday life (and the intellectual and spiritual life) of various classes of people. The "everyday" life, however is well and truly of the 15th century.
Winter Heart. Charity is in short supply in the bleakest depths of winter, One man has been kidnapped. Another has been murdered..
Please note. The Sister Frevisse stories are just that - stories, not full novels. Long stories to be sure but not full length books.
Prioress Eleanor, another detecting nun
Eleanor, a small, shrewd and stubborn woman, is the Prioress of Tyndal in eleventh-century East Anglia.
She is only twenty when appointed as Prioress as a direct result of her closest relations being faithful servants of the royal family. This appointment is against the wishes of the other (male and female) monastics. and Eleanor faces a bleak time winning them over with her intelligence.
The day after she takes office a brutal murder takes place!
© 2011 Susanna Duffy