A Play of Knaves (Joliffe the Player, Book 3) by Margaret Frazer

By Margaret Frazer

Within the spring of 1435, Joliffe and his fellow avid gamers are despatched to the village of Ashewell not just to level performs, yet to discover a few darkish secrets and techniques concerning the town's 3 prosperous households: the Ashewells, the Medcotes, and the Gosyns. A competition has been brewing one of the households, entangling the whole city in an internet of seduction, deception, and blackmail.

Matters transcend the verge of collapse while a person turns to homicide to settle their grievances. And if one homicide is sweet, why now not one other? If the entire international is a degree, then it's as much as Joliffe to carry the curtain down in this tragedy—before one other guy takes his ultimate curtain call...

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But what plans could the man have that would involve the all-toocivilized and law-and-orderly Carolina coast? He glanced again at Beth Hurwood, who had finally pulled the dog paw free of her hair, and as she flung it away he whispered a quick phrase and caressed the air, and her dress flew up—but she forced it back down before he'd seen anything more than her knees. Oh, just wait, girl, he thought, his mouth going dry and his heart thumping even faster—soon enough you'll be so hungry for me you won't be able to take a deep breath.

Shandy squinted thoughtfully at Venner as the two of them shambled toward the boat. Venner never seemed to do quite his share of any hard work, but the man had prevented Shandy from being killed on that day when Davies took the Carmichael, and his avoid-all-strain philosophy tempted Shandy to confide his escape plan to him. Venner must regard the upcoming enterprise as at least a regrettable strain, and if Shandy was going to hide ashore until the Jenny and the Carmichael had left, and then re-emerge and wait for the arrival of the new governor from England, a partner who knew the island and its customs would be valuable indeed.

Woefully Fat didn't look around. He was digging at the air with the wooden knife he always carried, and he seemed to be having trouble moving it through the air. "Raasclaat," he swore softly, then rumbled, "Ah cain't quite get the faastie bastards to behave. " The bocor had been raised in Virginia, and, being deaf, had never lost that accent. "Uh … ," Shandy said uncertainly, looking around and trying to remember the nearest alternate route up the slope, for Woefully Fat had this way blocked, "uh, why don't I … " The bocor's arm came up suddenly, pointing the wooden knife at the sky.

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