George V. Reilly

Review: A Play of Isaac

A Play of Isaac
Title: A Play of Isaac
Author: Margaret Frazer
Rating: ★ ★ ★
Publisher: Berkley
Copyright: 2004
Pages: 309
Keywords: historical mystery
Reading period: 22-24 February, 2007

A small troupe of traveling players spend a few days in the Oxford of 1434 and are nearly framed for a murder.

Frazer evokes the sights and sounds of medieval Oxford during the Corpus Christi holiday, the hard life of traveling players, and the goings-on of a rich merchant’s household. Amazingly enough, she almost completely avoids the colleges of Oxford. The mystery itself is thin and occupies little of the book, as the author prefers to con­cen­trate on the other aspects of her tale.

Moderately en­ter­tain­ing.

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