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The Fifth in The SeriesAug 21, 2006
By J. Chippindale
This is the fifth book in Michael Jeck's entertaining Knights Templar Mysteries. The main characters Sir Baldwin de Furnshill, Keeper of the King's Peace and his friend the Bailiff Simon Puttock are now old friends to the reader. Combine the inter action between the main characters with the beautiful background of west country Devon and it is obvious that Michael Jecks is on to a winner with his increasingly popular books.
Medieval novels are becoming increasingly popular with the reading public and there are a number of well written books by authors such as Paul Doherty, Bernard Knight, Susanna Gregory, to name but a few. Michael Jecks is steadily getting himself on a par with these fine novelists.
Sir Baldwin de Furnshill and his close friend the Bailiff Simon Puttock are visiting Tavistock, as guests of the Abbot, intending to enjoy the fair and all the town has to offer. Responsible for justice in the area, the Abbot enlists the help of his friends when a headless body is found. But there is one big problem. How can they identify the victim without first finding the head?
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Love JenksSep 14, 2009
By Thomas Smith
Jenks knows how to write and tell a good story that is historically accurate. A really good "whodunit."
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An enjoyable book in a delightful seriesOct 09, 2007
By L. J. Roberts
First Sentence: The sun was almost unbearably hot, the journey distinctly uncomfortable.
It is 1319 and people have come from all over to attend the Tavistock fair. Sir Baldwin Fernshill, Keeper of the King's Peace, and Simon Puttock, bailiff of Lydford have come as guests of Abbot Robert Champeaux. When a headless body is found, the Abbott asks Baldwin and Simon to investigate.
Jecks has become a favorite author of mine and I really liked this book. The sense of time and place is wonderful. The plot is interesting and kept me guessing. There's good suspense, a hint of romance and even a good chase scene, albeit on horseback. There are great characters that are fully developed to the point where I feel involved in the lives of the main characters and want to keep following their lives. This was another very enjoyable book in a delightful series.
Excellent 14th Century Murder MysteryMar 03, 2014
By James Dainis
Sir Baldwin Furnshill, Keeper of the King's Peace, and Simon Puttock, bailiff of Lyford, journey with Simon's wife, Margaret, to the Tavistock fair of 1319. They are looking forward to some rest and recreation but that is not to be. No sooner do they arrive than the body of a headless man is discovered in an alley. Baldwin and Simon are staying with Abbot Robert Champeaux as his guests and he asks them to investigate since the local coroner is away.
There is plenty of mystery in this novel. Who is the murdered man; why was his head taken; are the two visiting Venetians really who they say they are and will love find the heart of the dour and morose Sir Baldwin? There are these and a a goodly number of other sub plots to keep one's interest in this novel.
Half way through the book you will find that the author has apparently revealed who the murderer is. That takes some of the fun out of a murder mystery. But wait, you and your fellow readers may know who the murderer is (or are certain that you do) but Sir Balwin is not so sure. He keeps plodding away and the reader may find that things are not as cut and dried as had first appeared.
The characters in this book are very well fleshed out and believable. The dialogue is well done with amusing interplay amongst the characters. A new character, the lovely and gracious Jeanne, recently widowed, is introduced to the series. Baldwin is smitten much to the delight of Simon's match making wife. Is the young widow ready for marriage again, or at all, after the experience of her first marriage to a brutal husband? Will Baldwin, educated in the art of war, know how to storm the battlements of Jeanne's heart or will he just be a tongue tied clodpate? Read and find out.
greatJan 02, 2014
By kate carnaby
Michael Jecks hits the ground running! His books start out on a roll and never stop. The pace is breakneck. I usually read female medieval writers and Jecks comes at it from a male perspective. There are a lot more details about weapons, etc. There's a lot of medieval swearing which is the only downside for me but not so much in this book as in his others.
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