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Squire Throwleigh's Heir Hardcover – 3 Jun 1999

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Headline; 1st Edition... edition (3 Jun. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747221472
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747221470
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 14.6 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,660,264 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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
'This worthy series...Jecks does his usual skillful job' Publishers Weekly
'Like all Jecks's tales, this one is a nicely detailed and tightly argued, with involving action and memorable characters. The whole series belongs in any collection where historicals are popular' Library Journal
'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
'An engaging and well-written book, SQUIRE THROWLEIGH'S HEIR is packed full of fascinating, well-research historical detail, vivid, full-bodied characters and possesses a teasing, labrinthine plot that keeps the reader guessing until the very end' Crime Time
'A thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining read' Tangled Web UK
'A highly diverting time is assured for the reader. More superlative stuff from Jecks' islington/north London weekly Herald



Tremendously successful medieval mystery series (Sunday Independent)

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'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
'As well as a riveting detective tale you get the bonus of Medieval life in all its glamour and grime.' Northern Echo



Brisk medieval whodunnit (Literary Review)

'One of the most wickedly plotted medieval mystery novels' The Times (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)

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Latest in popular west country medieval crime series featuting Sir Baldwin Furnshill and Bailiff Simon Puttock

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By Dodster TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 Mar. 2014
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I have been a fan of Susanna Gregory for a long time. Whilst waiting for her latest book I decided to read Michael Jecks. I have to say I am not regretting my decision. His writing improves from book to book. This is the seventh novel and is an excellent piece of very involved writing. The story cleverly draws you towards one character as the murder and as the evidence becomes clearer, the suspicion falls elsewhere. The true culprit, as you would expect, is not revealed until the end, and then there is a wonderful final twist. Superb writing. Highly recommended.
Squire Throwleigh's Heir (A Medieval West Country Mystery)
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As ever with Sir Baldwin and Simon, another excellent mystery. This one throws up many red herrings as you journey through. The death of the squire, a brother in need of money, a priest, servants who have agenda,s out on the moors, put together with the death of the new squire, who is only 5 years old, Sir Baldwin and Simon are plunged into a mystery that is as frustrating as any that have gone before. We also have them accompanied by their wives, who seem totally capable of throwing a new perspective to whatever clue they find puzzling.
Sir Baldwin and Simon Puttock are brilliant, what one misses the other doesn,t, and they do not miss much.
This is another excellent example of historical reading. The series is unmissable, as far as I am concerned, and once again I have the next two already lined up to read.
I was still no closer to guessing the murderer, as the story grew to a close. I have to say, the outcome was not one I would have got in a million years, when you read it, you will see what I mean.
Another book I was loathe to put down.
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First Sentence: If he'd known that this was the day he was going to die, Squire Roger of Throwleigh would have behaved more coolly, but lacking this prescience, he lost his temper instead.

The wedding of Sir Baldwin Furnshill, Keeper of the King's Peace, is fast approaching. His good friends, Bailiff Simon Puttock and his wife, have come to help him celebrate. Before the wedding, they receive news that one of their expected guests, Roger, Squire of Throwleigh, has died leaving behind a wife and five-year-old son and heir. Soon after the Squire's funeral, they receive news the child is also dead. Baldwin comes to believe the child's death wasn't an accident, but murder.

This book was really a traditional country house mystery set in the Middle Ages. The quality of Jecks writing and research are clear in the details of the story.

The story is very well plotted with twists right up to the last paragraph. There were plenty of suspects, each with a good motive. Jecks does a wonderful job of balancing the harshness of the period with the friendship of Baldwin and Simon.

Baldwin's questions about his marriage, having been a Templar Knight, provide some interesting questions and insights into the character. This series improves with every book and I'm delighted to know I've many books ahead of me.
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By Dodster TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 Mar. 2014
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I have been a fan of Susanna Gregory for a long time. Whilst waiting for her latest book I decided to read Michael Jecks. I have to say I am not regretting my decision. His writing improves from book to book. This is the seventh novel and is an excellent piece of very involved writing. The story cleverly draws you towards one character as the murder and as the evidence becomes clearer, the suspicion falls elsewhere. The true culprit, as you would expect, is not revealed until the end, and then there is a wonderful final twist. Superb writing. Highly recommended.
Squire Throwleigh's Heir (Knights Templar)
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this book is brilliantly written with an exciting plot. Also it has clearly been well researched and theres a great twist to the ending!!!
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First the father then the son....... murder most foul, particularly of a 5 year old child. Baldwin has his work cut out in the face of opposition from the wife/mother. Brilliant read which kept me entertained throughtout. Highly recommended as is the rest of the series.
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Outstanding - gripping throughout
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By J. Chippindale TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 21 Aug. 2006
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Michael Jecks gave up a career in the computer industry when he began writing the internationally successful Templar series. Well all I can say is the Computer Industries loss is the reader's gain. He has now written about a score of the Knights Templar mystery books featuring Sir Baldwin de Furnshill and Bailiff Simon Puttock and there are more to follow.

During the trouble reign of Edward II Squire Roger Throwleigh fears that any day might be his last, as the pain in and around his heart increases. He is worried about the fate of his young son and heir, Herbert, but he takes consolation in knowing that his wife Katherine will protect the boy.

Unfortunately just days after Roger falls dead from his horse in the middle of an argument with a tenant he is about to evict, a cart driver runs over Herbert, in what seems to be a cruel accident.

Sir Baldwin is already at the Throwleigh property as he had gone there to attend the funeral. Against the mother's wishes he quickly examines the boy and sure enough, the skull shows signs of being crushed by a heavy object, but Sir Baldwin is not convinced and decides to investigate further.
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