The Boy-Bishop's Glovemaker (Medieval West Country Mysteries) Paperback – 7 Jun 2001
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'If you've an appetite for atmospheric sleuthing then you'll find this as satisfying as a jug of the finest mulled Yuletide ale' Northern Echo
If you've an appetite for atmospheric sleuthing then you'll find this as satisfying as a jug of the finest mulled Yuletide ale (NORTHERN ECHO)
THE TRAITOR OF ST GILES:
'Colourful the medieval world might have been, courtly and glamorous, but Michael Jecks exposes the seething hatreds, the primitive passions and the latent brutality lurking below the surface' Northern Echo
'Absorbing, light-hearted' Birmingham Post
'As riveting as his previous eight' Coventry Evening Telegraph
BELLADONNA AT BELSTONE:
'A compelling mystery book and one to cherish' Crime Time
'A commendable achievement' Kirkus Reviews
'Jecks draws his characters with a craftsman's hand, evokes atmosphere with the touch of an old master and keeps you wriggling on the hook of suspense as skilfully as Christie at her best. Enjoyable to the very end' Northern Echo
'Wickedly exciting' Newcastle Evening Chronicle
SQUIRE THROWLEIGH'S HEIR:
'An inventive plot, memorable characters, steadily absorbing period background' Kirkus Reviews
'SQUIRE THROWLEIGH'S HEIR...[is] one of the most wickedly plotted medieval mystery novels' The Times
'Jecks has a real knack of bringing to life the medieval era of the West Country...SQUIRE THROWLEIGH'S HEIR has enough twists and turns to satisfy everybody... An excellent adddtion to the series' Shots
'A very well told story with a violent yet convincing plot. Jecks succeeds in writing both a book which smells of the Middle Ages and yet is a detective story. No mean feat.' Crime Time
'Enjoyable and clever' Crime Time
Praise for Michael Jecks:
'More superlative stuff from Jecks' NORTH LONDON NEWS
"A neatly constructed tale . . ."
". . . an absorbing page-turner . . ."
"The combination of Jecks's historical research, his caring descriptions of
the Devon countryside, his neat way of drawing characters, are shown to their
best advantage in this book." SHOTS
'A tortuous and exciting plot... The construction of the story and the sense of period are excellent' Shots
'A gem of historical storytelling...authentic recreation of the modes and manners, superstitions and primitive fears that made up the colourful but brutal tableau of the Middle Ages' Northern Echo
'Girt about with a goodly helping of period authenticity...ends up with a thrilling cop and robber chase on horseback' Oxford Times
'A goodly tale in the vein of Cadfael, and equally enjoyable' Coventry Evening Telegraph
'Like Ellis Peters' Cadfael, Puttock is a carefully drawn character who combines the whodunnit format with a loving attention to detail, with lively, intriguing descriptions. It...will help you turn back the pages of history and enjoy the depth and texture of a long-vanished England' Croydon Advertiser
'A medieval mystery to rank with the best' Northern Echo
'Brisk medieval whodunnit' Literary Review
'Tremendously successful medieval mystery series' Sunday Independent
'Jecks' knowledge of medieval history is impressive and is used here to good effect' Crime Time
The fascinating and atmospheric tenth mystery featuring Sir Baldwin Furnshill and Simon PuttockSee all Product description
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Sir Baldwin Furnshill, Keeper of the King's Peace, and his wife Jeannie, travel to Exeter, meeting up with their friend Bailiff Simon Puttock. The two men have been summoned to receive jeweled gloves in recognition of their service.
They arrive to find Ralph, the glove maker, has been murdered and his apprentice is in jail. Neither Furnshill nor Simon believes he's guilty. When a Secondary at the cathedral dies of poisoning during a service, the city Coroner asks Furnshill and Baldwin to find who's behind the deaths.
Since I'm reading one book each month in this series, I'll be inclined to repeat myself. But some things bear repeating.
From the glossary, through information on the Regulations for the Boy-Bishop at Exeter Cathedral after Bishop Grandisson c 1130 (translated from the Latin by Margaret Cash), the Cast of Characters and the Author's Notes, you know this is a very well researched book and series. But where this could cause a book to be dry, Jecks uses that information to create a strong, rich sense of time and place.
The beginning of the book is wonderfully visual. It is almost as if one is watching a drawing evolve, one detail at a time. Jecks' plots always have a number of threads and twists. In this book, I did feel the ending was very abrupt.
It does take a bit to keep up with the characters at time--hence, the Cast of Characters--but it is so well worth it. One thing I have noticed is that Jecks has changed the character and relationship of the two men, a bit, in a way I don't' particularly care for and the bantering dialogue between them has suffered for it.
However, even for the small flaws, I found myself reading straight through and looking forward to the next book.
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