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Jeck's has written another gripping story of murder and suspense. His main characters Sir Baldwin Furnshill and is friend Simon Puttock are starting to take on the familiarity of Holmes and Dr. Watson.
As is the case with most of Jeck's books the setting is the South West of England in the 14th century.
In the summer of 1323 in a Cornish village a young woman is found hanged alongside the dead bodies of her two children. Is this the act of a desperate woman or is there something far more sinister involved.
Sir Baldwin and Simon are called in to investigate, but this is no easy matter as most of the village are embroiled in feuds of one kind or another, including the garrison of the castle and a newly arrived squire.
As the escape of a traitor threatens to lead the country into civil war the pair must look beyond friendships and loyalties to find an evil killer.
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Jeck's has written another gripping story of murder and suspense. His main characters Sir Baldwin Furnshill and is friend Simon Puttock are starting to take on the familiarity of Holmes and Dr. Watson.
As is the case with most of Jeck's books the setting is the South West of England in the 14th century.
In the summer of 1323 in a Cornish village a young woman is found hanged alongside the dead bodies of her two children. Is this the act of a desperate woman or is there something far more sinister involved.
Sir Baldwin and Simon are called in to investigate, but this is no easy matter as most of the village are embroiled in feuds of one kind or another, including the garrison of the castle and a newly arrived squire.
As the escape of a traitor threatens to lead the country into civil war the pair must look beyond friendships and loyalties to find an evil killer.
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on 20 September 2014
This is my first attempt at this long-running series which has won a lot of fans.
I like a medieval murder mystery, but a convincing historical setting isn't enough, the rules for a good whodunnit still apply: there has to be an interesting protagonist to root for and a decent plot with a bit of a twist at the end.
Although this one didn't quite deliver these things for me, there's a lot to admire about it: the author doesn't rely on introducing any real-life historical characters, which is brave and unusual. And he's done a lot of research to recreate a convincing early 14th century world in which Sir Baldwin and his companion, Bailiff Simon, stumble upon a murder in a Cornish village on their way home from pilgrimage.
Unfortunately I found all the characters to be very unsympathetic and two-dimensional: I had to keep referring to the cast list right to the end, never a good sign. The dialogue is slow and wooden, and everyone sounds the same (and when you're not particularly enjoying a book, the occasional lapse - would you be invited to lunch in the middle ages? - grates more than it should).
Finally the murderer is revealed, to no great surprise, and the protagonists continue on their journey and to their next case. Ho-hum.
However, I really wanted to like this series, so I'll probably give him another try.
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on 29 January 2013
I bought this book from used because I was missing this one in the series sequence. Sir Baldwin and Simon are now back in the West country. I always prefer their exploits in this area. Once again a high standard has been achieved by the author.
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on 9 July 2013
Book in fine order. Received in time.
Have already read by the time of writing this. Now waiting for the following books to continue reading them in sequence. Brilliant author. Love anything to do with History.
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on 7 December 2006
This is the second book by Jecks I've read, and it suffers from the same defects as the first ('the outlaws of Ennor'): long-winded, at times unnecessarily repetitive, with one-dimensional characters. That these characters therefore tend to say and do exactly as you'd expect them to doesn't really heighten the suspense I'm sorry to say.

However, the book also shares the same qualities as the first: there's still plenty of action, and I'll probably try at least another book or two before I finally make up my mind whether or not to read the entire series.
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on 1 February 2013
Thoroughly recommend this for anyone who is interested in medieval times - the background, as always, is authentic and the ficional characters so believable.
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on 25 September 2013
I doubt that that the book had ever been read and is in excellent condition and has added to my collection of Michael Jecks books and is excellent value
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on 6 January 2016
very good reading and very informative. Michael has done a lot of research
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on 7 February 2016
All ok
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