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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
The second in this series finds Bailiff Simon Puttock and former Templar knight Sir Balwdin Furnshill again embroiled in murder in not so sleepy Devon. Agatha Kyteler, a local midwife and healer, regarded with superstition by the local villagers, is found with her throat slit. The two are called to find the guilty party and as they search, suspicion falls on a local lad...
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An improvement on the first
The second investigation involving the Simon Puttock / Sir Baldwin Furnshill partnership is an improvement on the first but still doesn't match the best that the genre can offer. The plot is somewhat mundane and doesn't live up to the promise of the resume on the cover, whilst the characters again seem rather shallow and underdeveloped. The relationship between Puttock...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read, 27 July 2013
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The second in this series finds Bailiff Simon Puttock and former Templar knight Sir Balwdin Furnshill again embroiled in murder in not so sleepy Devon. Agatha Kyteler, a local midwife and healer, regarded with superstition by the local villagers, is found with her throat slit. The two are called to find the guilty party and as they search, suspicion falls on a local lad who eventually confesses. Sir Baldwin and Simon are not convinced of his guilt and during their further investigations suspicions switch from their original suspect to many others, all who seem to have had motive and opportunity to commit the murder.

Really enjoyed this one. Found myself up late continuing to read as the mystery deepened. The characters are well written. Michael Jeck's descriptions of the landscape and his knowledge of medieval life, bring the stories to life. The plot is excellent. Just when you think you've got it sussed, there are new twists and turns. The ending too is unexpected. Just what a good murder mystery should deliver. Excellent read and recommended for all fans of Medieval murder mysteries.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, 28 Jan. 2013
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Loved this book well written, would recommend to anybody who enjoys a lighter weight murder mystery with a bit of well reasearched history added in
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A jolly good yarn, 8 May 2014
For book one in this series I awarded three stars and suggested that the series would get better. It has, considerably.

I thoroughly enjoyed The Merchant's Partner. I thought it was well set, and imparted the feel of a West Country winter, along with the dangers it would have meant to those of the time.

The story was plotted far better than book one, with a good many red herrings and sufficient twists and turns to keep the tale interesting.

Gone was the clunky prose of the previous story, that was typical of a new writer trying too hard. Here, Mr Jecks shows more confidence in his own ability and that of his readers in understanding plot development without having every nuance explained.

The main character's were also more fully developed than in book one. This was pleasing as it is through their eyes that the stories are told and less two dimensional key players have made for a far more enjoyable tale.

So, in summary, this doesn't quite achieve the level of praise of his later books, but is an excellent tale well told. It also shows promise of things to come.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Templar Book, 21 April 2013
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I am now a very addicted to the Michael Jecks Templar stories. Start at book one to get the best from the series as the characters lives develop and their histories are explained and developed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read, 27 July 2013
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This review is from: The Merchant's Partner (A Medieval West Country Mystery) (Paperback)
The second in this series finds Bailiff Simon Puttock and former Templar knight Sir Balwdin Furnshill again embroiled in murder in not so sleepy Devon. Agatha Kyteler, a local midwife and healer, regarded with superstition by the local villagers, is found with her throat slit. The two are called to find the guilty party and as they search, suspicion falls on a local lad who eventually confesses. Sir Baldwin and Simon are not convinced of his guilt and during their further investigations suspicions switch from their original suspect to many others, all who seem to have had motive and opportunity to commit the murder.

Really enjoyed this one. Found myself up late continuing to read as the mystery deepened. The characters are well written. Michael Jeck's descriptions of the landscape and his knowledge of medieval life, bring the stories to life. The plot is excellent. Just when you think you've got it sussed, there are new twists and turns. The ending too is unexpected. Just what a good murder mystery should deliver. Excellent read and recommended for all fans of Medieval murder mysteries.
The Merchant's Partner (A Medieval West Country Mystery)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Second Book in the Series, 28 Aug. 2006
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I am writing this review after reading this book for the second time. In fact I am re-reading all the Knights Templar Mysteries written by Michael Jecks. I enjoyed them thoroughly the first time around and I am still finding them enjoyable now. This one is the second in the series.

Sir Baldwin de Furnshill, ex Knight Templar has now become established at his Manor he received on the death of his brother and has become one of Devon's leading law officers, Keeper of the King's Peace, no less. He soon find that the county of Devon is no sleepy backwater where nothing happens from one day to the next.

In the village of Wefford the midwife and healer Agatha Kyteler is widely regarded by the superstitious villagers as a witch, but she seems to have plenty of callers. When her badly mutilated body is found in a hedge there is little or no evidence to point to who might have killed her.

Sir Simon is called in and the villagers soon find that although the knight is an honourable and fair minded man. He is determined to leave no stone unturned until he brings the killer[s] to justice.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story, 4 Sept. 2013
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Thrilling stories by this author have been my fortune to read and this is another one I would recommend to you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars :-), 7 Aug. 2013
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The second book in the series helps us get to know the characters a little more.. the area a little more... love it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jecks Books, 8 April 2013
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I always wanted some of these books and I enjoy reading them as one of my books or my kindle.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant sequel!!, 16 April 2006
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This mystery is full of twists and turns keeping you turning the pages. It is very well written with a rich tapestry of characters. Jecks has obviosly put a lot of effort into researching this period creating a great historical novel. Although it can become slow in parts, overall I found it to be a very good read.
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