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The Mad Monk Of Gidleigh: (Knights Templar 14) (Knights Templar Mysteries) by [Jecks, Michael]
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"Nicely detailed and tightly argued, with involving and memorable characters. The whole series belongs in any collection where historicals are popular."

"Memorable characters, steadily absorbing period background...a commendable achievement."

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Michael Jecks brings medieval England to life in the the fourteenth mystery featuring the ever-popular Baldwin Furnshall and Bailiff Simon Puttock in this 'Tremendously successful medieval mystery series' Sunday Independent

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2006 KB
  • Print Length: 484 pages
  • Publisher: Headline; New Ed edition (27 Feb. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00I5KIO14
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #25,851 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
First Sentence: In the darkened room, the man's shattered body gave a final convulsive jerk.

Sir Baldwin Furnshill, Keeper of the King's Peace, and Bailiff Simon Puttock must leave their families and travel to the village of Gidleigh. The beautiful daughter of the town's miller has been found dead, the young monk, by whom she was pregnant, the obvious suspect. This wouldn't have involved Simon but that a miner has also died, and that is under his jurisdiction.

Upon their arrival at Wonson Manor, they find Sir Ralph is the new owner and his son Esmon in charge of a band of mercenary soldiers. Tension in the village increases as truths are exposed and more die.

Jecks is one of the better historical writers. There is excellent attention to period detail and a very strong sense of time and place.

All the characters are fully dimensional and well drawn. I like that the two protagonists' lives have changed through the series. They come through as real people with great strengths and realistic weaknesses and consequences. They are not the only characters who change, others do as well.

The story is very well plotted. Just when I thought I knew where it was going, it turned. I particularly liked that the point was made that small actions can have big consequences.

This was another very good book in an excellent series and I'm happy to know I've many more books to go.
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All of Michael Jecks medieval mystery novels are first class, particularly so if you know the area where so many are set - Dartmoor, Exeter. The time in which they are set (Edward Second) I knew nothing about, but have now become so interested in that time in history. The backgrrounds are authentic and the fictitious characters of Baldwin and Puttock fit in marvellously.
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Yet another fantastic book from Michael Jecks, haven't had a bad one yet. The stories are really well crafted to give you a look at times of old.
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Just received a recommendation for this title. Amazon apparently doesn't know that I have every title by Jecks. A remarkable author is worth collecting and reading.
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I have already read this book, but i wanted it on my kindle, so that I could read it again.
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By LRC on 17 Aug. 2016
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Love these books however I haven't read this yet
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