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by Author Michael Jecks


Dispensation of Death (2008)

This was the first book where I had to get into the politics of the day from the perspective of London. It was hard to move my characters from their homes in Devon, but it was important to show how the King and his adviser, Hugh Despenser, were ruling the nation. Despenser was, in effect, running...

Dispensation of Death (2008) by Michael Jecks

The Tournament of Blood (2001)

It is 1322, and Lord Hugh de Courtenay's plan to host a tournament is a fantastic opportunity for the money-lenders of Oakhampton. When the defeated knights find themselves unable to pay the traditional ransoms to their captors, they will have only one course open to them—accruing interest by the...

The Tournament of Blood (2001) by Michael Jecks

The Merchant's Partner (2004)

The Knights Templar They had all joined taking three vows: poverty, chastity, and obedience…for they were monks: warrior monks, dedicated to theprotection of pilgrims in the Holy Land -- until stories spread by anavaricious king who wanted their wealth for his own destroyed the order.There was on...

The Merchant's Partner (2004) by Michael Jecks

The Abbot's Gibbet (2006)

I was just about ready to pull the plug on this series but having bought this book, I decided that I should read it before trading it in. The characters were drawn out much more comprehensibly. I'm starting to see definite characterizations for Simon and Baldwin, and the secondary characters are ...

The Abbot's Gibbet (2006) by Michael Jecks

The Templar's Penance (2003)

It is 1323, and Baldwin Furnshill and Bailiff Simon Puttock have been granted leave to go on pilgrimage, each seeking solace after the recent traumatic events in Gidleigh. Together, they travel across Europe to Santiago de Compostela in Spain, but danger is never far away. Foreign travel is peril...

The Templar's Penance (2003) by Michael Jecks

The Tolls of Death (2004)

After their grueling journeys to Galicia and Scilly, Simon Puttock and Baldwin Furnshill are at last back on the English mainland, dumped unceremoniously when their shipmaster partakes of his intoxicating cargo and almost sinks the ship. Eager to get home, Baldwin and Simon set off on horseback, ...

The Tolls of Death (2004) by Michael Jecks

The Devil's Acolyte (2002)

Amidst the myth and folklore of Tavistock, one tale above all others strikes fear into the hearts of the townspeople—that of the murders on the Abbot’s Way. One cold winter, many years ago, a young acolyte led a group of fellow novices in the theft of their abbot’s wine store. Later, consumed by ...

The Devil's Acolyte (2002) by Michael Jecks

The Mad Monk of Gidleigh (2003)

Alone in his isolated, windswept chapel on the edge of Dartmoor, his only companions moor men and poverty–stricken serfs, who could blame the young priest, Mark for seeking affection from Jane, the local miller’s daughter? But when Jane’s body is found brutally stabbed, Mark is the obvious suspec...

The Mad Monk of Gidleigh (2003) by Michael Jecks

The Leper's Return (1999)

The book is a murder mystery set in medieval England. I expected the author would take me to the Holy Land given that date and the title of the book. We never left the English town where the tale began. Why leave when so much was going on where we were? Leprosy and a leper hospital were the ...

The Leper's Return (1999) by Michael Jecks

The Temple and the Stone (1999)

The Knights Templar was a military order founded during the time of the crusades to protect pilgrims traveling to the Holy Land. Legend endows the Templars with magical powers with which they are said to have altered the course of history. "The Temple and the Crown" picks up in 1306 with the crow...

The Temple and the Stone (1999) by Deborah Turner Harris

The Temple and the Crown (2001)

This sequel to "The Temple and the Stone" features the Knights Templar, medieval warrior monks with magical powers. In 1306, as Edward I of England challenges Scottish freedom fighters and France's Philip IV usurps control of the papacy, both kings are puppets of the Order of the Black Swan. The ...

The Temple and the Crown (2001) by Deborah Turner Harris

The Chapel of Bones (2005)

Murder is again polluting the Exeter Cathedral close, but this killer will not be easily caught. The victim, Henry Potell, was feared by many, and held secrets that some wished to keep hidden. For Sir Baldwin Furnshill, Keeper of the King's Peace, and his friend Bailiff Simon Puttock, events beco...

The Chapel of Bones (2005) by Michael Jecks

The Crediton Killings (2005)

THE CREDITON KILLINGS (Historical-UK-1300s) – G+Jecks, Michael – 6th in seriesHeadline, 1997 – UK Paperback*** Ex-Knight Templar Baldwin Furnshill, Keeper of the King's Peace and Simon Puttock, bailiff of Lydford, and his wife Margaret, have come to Crediton for the arrival of the Bishop of Exete...

The Crediton Killings (2005) by Michael Jecks

The Traitor of St Giles (2001)

In 1321, the King's favorite, Hugh Despenser, is using his position to steal land and wealth from the other lords. His rapacity has divided the nation, and civil war looms. In Tiverton, rape and murder have unsettled the town, which is preparing for the feast of St. Giles; Philip Dyne has confess...

The Traitor of St Giles (2001) by Michael Jecks

The Outlaws of Ennor (2004)

Shipwrecked, Baldwin and Simon are washed ashore on neighboring islands. Both are independently charged with investigating the murder of a tax gatherer, embroiling them in the bitter rivalry between two island communities. Can they uncover the truth in time to prevent a massacre?

The Outlaws of Ennor (2004) by Michael Jecks

The Butcher of St Peter's (2005)

When a villager's property is burned to the ground, the locals think no further misfortune could befall him—until they find his son's body among the ruins. As a sinister twist emerges in what seemed to be a tragic accident, Sir Baldwin Furnshill and Bailiff Simon Puttock arrive to unravel the mys...

The Butcher of St Peter's (2005) by Michael Jecks

The Boy-Bishop's Glovemaker (2001)

Originally published on my blog here in January 2002.I found this novel from Jecks' Simon Puttock series more difficult to get into than most of them; it doesn't seem to flow quite so easily. The setting is rather different, being the city of Exeter rather than the wilds of medieval Dartmoor, and...

The Boy-Bishop's Glovemaker (2001) by Michael Jecks

A Moorland Hanging (2004)

I stumbled on to this series and this, the third in the series, is the second one I've read. Jecks does a great job of setting the scene. He's obviously done his research. As a result it's easy to connect with the characters and their assumptions, concerns, and devotion to duty. The major pro...

A Moorland Hanging (2004) by Michael Jecks

The Malice of Unnatural Death (2007)

Well, if you like murders by necromancy, this is for you.Again, this is a genuine case. There was an attempt to kill the King and his friends by use of sorcery. A known performer of the magical arts was hired to shape wax into the likeness of the King and the other victims, and to try to use sorc...

The Malice of Unnatural Death (2007) by Michael Jecks

Death Ship of Dartmouth (2006)

Some long running detective series may claim to be "stand-alones" but they definitely are not.Death Ship of Dartmouth presents this problem as it remains a tricky one to get into, with its hugely complex cast to sort out when one is unfamiliar with impinging past events in the series. It seemed ...

Death Ship of Dartmouth (2006) by Michael Jecks

A Friar's Bloodfeud (2005)

This book is great. What's not to like?I fully admit that this is the only one of Jecks' Knights Templars mysteries that I've read, but I somehow suspect I'm not being unfair in claiming that this is, essentially, a series about a man who solves crimes by looking at people WITH HIS EYES and liki...

A Friar's Bloodfeud (2005) by Michael Jecks