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For those readers who are familiar with Michael Jecks books, this one is just as good as all the rest. For those who have not read Michael Jecks, but like historical novels, particularly about medieval England, you are in for all real treat.

Michael Jecks has got his subject matter down to a fine art. His characters are so well established that they are like old friends to the reader. Also to write about the area in which he lives is a masterstroke and must make researching the books so much easier.

This is another book in the series of Knights Templar Mysteries set in Exeter and the surrounding areas and features Sir Baldwin de Furnshill , once a member of the now disbanded Knight's Templars and now Keeper of the King's Peace.

When a boy disappears the local idiot, who lost his own children many years ago is immediately put under suspicion. The local law officer whose own son disappeared years ago is determined to solve the mystery.

Sir Baldwin is asked for his assistance in solving the crime and he follows a lead to the manor of Bishop's Clyst. While he is there the body of a boy is found under a bridge, but strangely it is not the one who so recently went missing . . .
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For those readers who are familiar with Michael Jecks books, this one is just as good as all the rest. For those who have not read Michael Jecks, but like historical novels, particularly about medieval England, you are in for all real treat.

Michael Jecks has got his subject matter down to a fine art. His characters are so well established that they are like old friends to the reader. Also to write about the area in which he lives is a masterstroke and must make researching the books so much easier.

This is another book in the series of Knights Templar Mysteries set in Exeter and the surrounding areas and features Sir Baldwin de Furnshill , once a member of the now disbanded Knight's Templars and now Keeper of the King's Peace.

When a boy disappears the local idiot, who lost his own children many years ago is immediately put under suspicion. The local law officer whose own son disappeared years ago is determined to solve the mystery.

Sir Baldwin is asked for his assistance in solving the crime and he follows a lead to the manor of Bishop's Clyst. While he is there the body of a boy is found under a bridge, but strangely it is not the one who so recently went missing . . .
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on 27 February 2015
Started getting into theses novels by Michael Jecks and they are quite intriquing, ionce you get to know how the writer works, originally, I thought they were labourious, but then found after I stuck with it, that they were very clever and masterful bit of writing. Using some facts of that period and especially certain methods used by all parties it became a very interesting reading. Now I look forward to the next novel to pick up and start to read, my only wish would have been to follow the flow of the characters from their early creation right through, but alas there is no listing putting them in age order of the characters. Nothing worse than reading a book, then move onto the next book only to find you have now gone back 20years or so, please can we have books that follow that order, it would make much more interesting reading.
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on 24 February 2016
What a great read, these books are absolutely superb, I just love them. Baldwin and Simon are the main characters of these books and they are always good value for money.
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on 10 February 2013
Child abduction, murder, mystery and mental illness what more could you want from a book. It's all in there and makes uncomfortable reading at times, as things don't seem to have moved on much from then. That said, I loved the book and thought it added another dimension to the series. Detractors may want furture books to be like those in the past, but I liked the change in direction. Life wasn't a bowl of cherries in medieval England, get over it.
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on 23 July 2009
If you have read anything by Jecks, you won't want to leave this one out.
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on 15 August 2014
Michael Jecks never disappoints.....his tales keep you guessing right to the end...always thoroughly enjoyable novels...I can't wait to start book no. 20.
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on 15 September 2005
Mr. Jeck's most recent book, THE BUTCHER OF ST. PETER'S, is a vivid account of life in Medieval Devonshire for people of a wide range of social class. His research gives us gems of information such as the description of chimneys as new-fangled inventions, and details such as the danger of wandering hogs to infants in cradles. I found myself very involved in the story and ended up reading it in one day because I was so fascinated by the scenes and the people. His description of the physician's difficulties in being considered a "foreigner" since he was not born in Exeter showed an aspect of Medieval society which is very alien to me, but a very real factor in the time period being discussed. I particularly enjoyed seeing Baldwin's interactions with his wife Jeanne, and hope that they may perhaps work as a team in future books. Baldwin's changes in relationship with those not so close to him, such as Sir Peregrine, were also interesting. The painful reality of frequent death in previous centuries and the persistence of faith, or lack thereof, was handled in a very sensitive manner. If you are interested in what life was really like in Medieval Devonshire, this is an excellent book.
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on 8 April 2014
I have just bought this for my kindle. I have already read it but would like to read it again.
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on 27 June 2005
A disturbed person is going to peoples homes at night, homes with children sleeping there; one night there is a murder and a parent trying to protect his children is killed. From then on murder after bloody murder follows. There is so much blood and gore, everyone in the book seems unhappy, even the maid has cancer! Sir Baldwin is sad, his wife even more so. For those who enjoy the unpleasant details of murder this book will be a hit, unfortunately I found it focused so much on the nasty side of medieval life that it detracted from the chase to find the killer. I found I was waiting to see what nasty was going to happen to the latest character, so skipped chunks of dialogue to avoid the misery. I was relieved when the killer eventually received his justice!
I have read all of Jecks books in this series but I this book I enjoyed the least.
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