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The Traitor of St. Giles (Knights Templar Mysteries Book 9) Kindle Edition
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The plot is fast paced, with strong characters although some are more far fetched than others.The parthnership between Baldwin and Simon is convincing and the two come across as the long standing friends they are. There are a number of threads which are well sewn together by the end of the book. Although I did not guess the villian until he was unmasked by Baldwin and Simon I thought some parts of the story where predictable.This did not spoil my overall enjoyment of this book which transported me to medieaval Devon with it's local intrigues and national politics.
This is the ninth in this series of books and Michael Jecks is managing to maintain the high standard with all of them. In this books Sir Baldwin, Keeper of the King's Peace and his friend, Bailiff Simon Puttock those attending the midsummer feast at Lord Hugh's castle in Tiverton.
Trouble is brewing with Hugh Despenser the corrupt favourite of Edward II starting to attract many of the nobles to his cause and threatening civil war. Sir Gilbert de Carlisle, Despenser's ambassador to Sir Hugh is murdered while he is escorting a chest of gold to the king. Meanwhile the head and body of an outlaw called Philip Dyne are found nearby. The coroner states that Dyne killed Sir Gilbert and then two upright citizens beheaded Dyne as he was trying to escape. Sir Baldwin and Simon do not believe that the murder can be as simple as the coroner thinks it is.
Each book stands on its own merits with the central characters seeking the solution to the mystery with its twists and turns leaving the reader trying to pre-solve it. Usually, I discover an author by reading a novel part way through the series with Michael Jecks I found the first and have been glued to both each mystery and the flow of the central characters developments throughout the series. Michael Jecks has that unique talent of being able to build suspense and intrigue and inject humor into his books just as it is needed.
To go into much detail would spoil the flow for anyone who may read this, suffice it to say I would recommend both this book and the series to anyone who likes medieval mysteries and reading about medieval life.
Highly recommended to everyone:)
England is in political turmoil and on the verge of civil war. Sir Baldwin Furnshill and Bailiff Simon Puttock have come to Tiverton Castle for the feast of St. Giles. While there, they are called to the scene of two murders.
A young man, Dyne, accused of raping and murdering a young woman, had claimed sanctuary and was set on the road to leave England. His body has been found decapitated in the woods.
Sir Gilbert of Carlisle, an ambassador set to visit Sir Hugh at Tiverton, has been murdered along with his dog. Tiverton's Coroner is satisfied that Dyne killed the knight and was killed in turn for having left the road. Baldwin is not satisfied.
I love this series. The story is intricately plotted interweaving the role of politics and religion with personal stories and human foibles. The research is evident and history fascinating.
Baldwin is not always likable but his actions are appropriate for his background and position, yet at times he is the catalyst for humor. Simon, the practical man, is a perfect foil for Baldwin, the former Templar knight. I enjoy seeing Baldwin tempered by his recent marriage, yet miss Simon's wife Margaret, who has not been a part of this, or the previous, book.
Jeck's does use a bit of foreshadowing, which makes me crazy as it is so not needed, but I enjoy his writing, nonetheless. I am looking forward to Book 10.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I can never write a bad review for these books, what a fantastic writer Michael Jecks is. If you like your murder mysteries in the medieval era then you will love these books.Published 5 months ago by Catalan Waves
So glad to this this and other titles in the series being republished both in paper and e-book format. I have the entire series as well as other Jecks titles. They are kept!Published 20 months ago by A_Bookaholic
Very good read which I recommend, the reader's interest is captured from page one and is maintained until the last page, overall most enjoyable.Published on 28 Nov. 2013 by Bernie
yet another great book by mr jecks.cannot wait for the next book to be published I hope it is good as the restPublished on 13 Nov. 2013 by john watson
I always wanted some of these books and I enjoy reading them as one of my books or my kindle.Published on 8 April 2013 by Mrs. S. Durden
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