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The Michael Jecks Compendium (A Free Sampler)

Michael Jecks
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Michael Jecks

The definitive digital guide to Michael Jecks's widely-praised Knights Templar series.Whether you're a long-standing fan of the medieval Knights Templar adventures, or yet to try this captivating historical series, this is the definitive guide you need.Meet Sir Baldwin de Furnshill, keeper of the kings peace, and his friend Simon Puttock, and discover this dazzling introduction to fifteen titles in the series.*Also contains an exclusive foreword from the author*

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The Knights Templar Collection

Michael Jecks
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Michael Jecks

Escape into the evocative medieval world of Sir Baldwin de Furnshill and his friend Bailiff Simon Puttock, as you join them on the suspenseful trail of three murder mysteries. The Knights Templar Collection brings together three engrossing novels in the widely acclaimed and much-loved Knights Templar series by Michael Jecks. Perfect for fans of C.J. Sansom and Bernard Cornwell.The Mad Monk of Gidleigh (Book 14): As the winter of 1323 descends on Dartmoor, who could blame the young priest, Father Mark, for seeking affection from the miller's daughter, Mary? But when Mary and her unborn child are found dead, Mark is the obvious suspect. Called to investigate, Sir Baldwin de Furnshill and his friend Bailiff Simon Puttock soon begin to have their doubts. And by the time their search is over, life will never be quite the same again.The Templar's Penance (Book 15): It is the summer of 1323, and Sir Baldwin de Furnshill and Bailiff Simon Puttock have been granted leave to go on pilgrimage. When a beautiful girl is found murdered on a hillside en route to Santiago de Compostela, the friends are among the first on the scene. As Baldwin and Simon lend their skills to the inquiry, the unexpected appearance of a face from Baldwin's past could threaten the investigation, as well as the future of Baldwin himself...The Outlaws of Ennor (Book 16): On return from pilgrimage, Sir Baldwin de Furnshill and Bailiff Simon Puttock's ship is attacked by pirates, and Simon sees Baldwin washed overboard. On the island of Ennor, Simon must investigate the murder of the island's hated tax collector while, unbeknownst to his friend, Baldwin begins to unpick the same murder on the other side of the island. Can the pair uncover the truth in time to prevent certain massacre? What readers are saying about The Knights Templar mysteries: 'Michael Jecks is one of the best medieval writers of our times. His two main characters come alive in the imagination when you're reading them''The characters are richly drawn and weave in and out of the events of the early 14th century, with Michael Jecks showing great knowledge of the times''Good introduction to the series'

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The Bishop Must Die (Knights Templar Mysteries 28)

Michael Jecks
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Michael Jecks
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No Law in the Land (Knights Templar Mysteries 27)

Michael Jecks
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Michael Jecks

Country or family... which will Sir Baldwin and Simon choose? When Simon's daughter becomes embroiled in the plans of a group of outlaws, he and Sir Baldwin take matters into their own hands in the thrilling twenty-seventh instalment of Michael Jecks' Knights Templar mysteries. Perfect for fans of George R. R. Martin and Bernard Cornwell.'Boasts an exciting, twisting plot' - Publishers WeeklyKing Edward II is furious when he learns that his wife Queen Isabella has defied him by remaining in France with their son. As the unfortunate messengers of this news, Sir Baldwin de Furnshill and his friend, Bailiff Simon Puttock, are dismissed from court.Returning home to Devon, they are shocked to discover that outlaws now hold sway in the land. When two clerics are found murdered, Baldwin and Simon must investigate. But the culprit is a friend of Dispenser and the King, and in taking the matter further they could be accused of treason. So they decide to leave the affair to others. Until, that is, Simon's own daughter comes under threat, and all hell is let loose... What readers are saying about No Law in the Land: 'Top crime, top adventure, great characterisation''A thoroughly intriguing tale of menacing threats. It is another glorious story from Michael Jecks''Jecks weaves a marvellously plotted, plausible story in amongst historical fact'

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The King Of Thieves (Knights Templar Mysteries 26)

Michael Jecks
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Michael Jecks
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The Prophecy of Death (Knights Templar Mysteries 25)

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Michael Jecks
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The Templar, the Queen and Her Lover (Knights Templar Mysteries 24)

Michael Jecks
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Michael Jecks

Accused of a crime he didn't commit, will Sir Baldwin be able to clear his name? Bloody revenge on the streets of Paris threaten Sir Baldwin de Furnshill's royal mission in The Templar, the Queen and Her Lover, the twenty-fourth novel in Michael Jecks' brilliant medieval crime series. Perfect for fans of Bernard Cornwell and Paul Doherty.'A gem of historical storytelling' - Northern EchoQueen Isabella, wife to Edward II of England, has been dispatched to France in an attempt to bring about peace between the two countries, and Sir Baldwin de Furnshill must accompany her with his friend Simon Puttock. But the day after their arrival, a servant is found murdered, with Baldwin's dagger lying next to the body.As Baldwin struggles to prove his innocence, the killer strikes again. With so many English enemies gathering in Paris, will he be able to expose the culprit in time to protect the diplomats and their mission? What readers are saying about The Templar, the Queen and Her Lover: 'A superbly written book, with a diverse and fascinating cast of characters, mixing historical fact with the author's creations - and they blend beautifully...You can almost smell the damp and decay of the dungeon walls of Chateau Gailliard''Pacey read which pulls the threads of other stories together and ties them nicely up. 10/10''A pacey tale, with all the glorious details of early 14th century life set out with such loving knowledge, it was a pleasure to read, as ever. Everything ties up well and credibly, and there's always room for a few surprises and twists at the end. Quality!'

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Dispensation of Death (Knights Templar Mysteries 23)

Michael Jecks
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Michael Jecks
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The Malice of Unnatural Death (Knights Templar Mysteries 22)

Michael Jecks
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Michael Jecks

A deadly hunt for a dangerous secret and a ruthless killer... The twenty-second novel in Michael Jecks' Knights Templar mysteries is a riveting tale of murder and intrigue in the King's Court. Perfect for fans of George R. R. Martin andEllis Peters.'Another rip-roaring medieval intrigue. Terrific' - Nottingham Evening Post1324 and the English kingdom is in uproar: Roger Mortimer, once the King's most able commander and now his most implacable, hated enemy, is plotting the King's assassination. And Mortimer is not the only person with murder in mind...When the bodies of a local craftsman and the King's messenger are found in the streets of Exeter, Sir Baldwin de Furnshill and his friend, Simon Puttock, are implored to find the person responsible. The deceased messenger was carrying a dangerous secret that could prove fatal in the wrong hands. Baldwin and Simon must find the murderer before he can strike again... What readers are saying about The Malice of Unnatural Death: 'One of the best in the series - five stars''What great stories [Michael Jecks] writes, can't get enough of them''Thoroughly engrossing'

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The Death Ship of Dartmouth (Knights Templar Mysteries 21)

Michael Jecks
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Michael Jecks

A gang of ruthless pirates and the prospect of civil war threaten medieval Britain... Sir Baldwin de Furnshill and Bailiff Simon Puttock, Michael Jeck's savvy sleuths, are on the case again in The Death Ship of Dartmouth, another compelling, well-crafted tale in the Knights Templar series. Perfect for fans of Ellis Peters and Bernard Cornwell.Autumn, 1324: when a man is found dead in the middle of a Dartmouth road, many assume his demise to be the result of a drunken accident. Meanwhile, a ship is found ravaged by pirates out at sea, the crew killed or captured. Could this be the beginning of a new onslaught, or something even more sinister?Sir Baldwin de Furnshill has been told of spies and messengers being sent to the great traitor Roger Mortimer in France. If this is true, then civil war in England is surely imminent. Together with his friend, Simon Puttock, Baldwin is tasked by the most powerful men in the Kingdom with uncovering the truth. Fail, and they will be executed. Succeed, and others may be ready to silence them for ever. What readers are saying about The Death Ship of Dartmouth: 'Michael's books are full of intrigue and mystery and they are particularly well researched''Michael Jecks has got to be my number one author... I just can't get enough of his books. If you like a medieval whodunnit this is the writer for you''One of the finest entries in a consistently outstanding series - five stars'

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A Friar's Bloodfeud (Knights Templar Mysteries 20)

Michael Jecks
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Michael Jecks

Can the evil at work ever be stopped? The compulsive and evocative twentieth novel in the Knights Templar series from Michael Jecks, featuring much-loved characters Sir Baldwin de Furnshill and Simon Puttock. Perfect for fans of C.J. Sansom and George R. R. Martin.'Atmospheric and cleverly plotted' - Observer March 1323: in the rural idyll of Iddesleigh, a gang of men break into the home of Bailiff Simon Puttock's servant and attack his family. When word reaches Simon, he and Sir Baldwin de Funshill, Keeper of the King's Peace, hurry to the home, finding it burned to the ground and the bodies from within already buried.Could this be the result of a tragic accident, or is a darker force at work? As Baldwin and Simon attempt to uncover the truth, it quickly becomes clear that a terrible evil lurks in the land, and that the pain and bloodshed are far from over. What readers are saying about A Friar's Bloodfeud: 'A very good book. An interesting story populated with solid and interesting characters... A relaxed and finely paced writing style''Another cracking story from Michael Jecks and a plot that kept me guessing until the near end and even then I wasn't wholly sure... I can't sing Michael's praises enough''[A] very clever and masterful bit of writing'

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The Butcher of St Peter's (Knights Templar Mysteries 19)

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Michael Jecks
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The Chapel of Bones (Knights Templar Mysteries 18)

Michael Jecks
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Michael Jecks

As Sir Baldwin and Simon Puttock uncover the mysteries surrounding the church, they risk making more enemies than friends... The Chapel of Bones is the eighteenth mystery in Michael Jecks' riveting Knights Templar medieval series, featuring Sir Baldwin de Furnshill and Simon Puttock. Perfect for fans of Susanna Gregory and Paul Doherty.'This fascinating portrayal of medieval life and the corruption of the Church will not disappoint. With convincing characters whose treacherous acts perfectly combine with a devilishly masterful plot, Jecks transports readers back to this wicked world with ease' - The Good Book GuideIn 1283, Exeter Cathedral Close was the scene of a vicious ambush. Now, forty years on, more deaths are occurring. Is the first an accident? The second is surely not, and the killer will not be easy to catch. The victim, Henry Potell, was feared by many and held secrets some would wish to keep hidden, at any cost...For investigators Sir Baldwin de Furnshill, Keeper of the King's Peace, and his friend Bailiff Simon Puttock, events become increasingly mysterious. Who among Henry Potell's companions would have wanted him dead? The key to the mystery lies in the ominous Chapel of Bones, built in reparation for a terrible murder long ago... What readers are saying about The Chapel of Bones: '[An] engrossing and compelling read...rich in ambiance, colour and historical detail''Another tightly plotted episode in the Templar series. Jecks is a master''Michael Jecks hits the spot with an intriguing mystery that you can't put down'

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The Tolls of Death (Knights Templar Mysteries 17)

Michael Jecks
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Michael Jecks

Detained in a Cornish village, can Sir Baldwin and Simon discover who is behind a series of devastating attacks? Sir Baldwin de Furnshill and Bailiff Simon Puttock's seventeenth mystery, The Toll of Death, is a compelling tale of evil and darkness, from much-loved medieval adventure writer, Michael Jecks. Perfect for fans of Bernard Cornwell and Ellis Peters. 'If you care for a well-researched visit to medieval England, don't pass this series' - Historical Novels ReviewSummer 1323: in the Cornish village of Cardinham, a penniless young woman is found hanged alongside the dead bodies of her children. Passing through the village on the final leg of their long journey home, friends Sir Baldwin de Furnshill and Bailiff Simon Puttock are detained and tasked with leading the investigation.Simon and Baldwin quickly discover the young woman's death is not an isolated incident. And as the escape of a traitor threatens to embroil the country in a new civil war, they must look beyond friendships and family loyalties to find an evil killer - and secure the safety of Cardinham, and all who dwell there. What readers are saying about The Tolls of Death: '[A] gripping story of murder and suspense''Thoroughly recommend this for anyone who is interested in medieval times - the background, as always, is authentic and the fictional characters so believable''Five stars'

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The Outlaws of Ennor (Knights Templar Mysteries 16)

Michael Jecks
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Michael Jecks
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The Templar's Penance (Knights Templar Mysteries 15)

Michael Jecks
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Michael Jecks

A pilgrimage across Europe throws up more than was bargained for... The fascinating fifteenth mystery in Michael Jecks' Knights Templar series, featuring the much-loved characters Sir Baldwin de Furnshill and Simon Puttock. Perfect for fans of George R. R. Martin and Paul Doherty. 'Brisk medieval whodunnit' - Literary ReviewIt is the summer of 1323, and Sir Baldwin de Furnshill and Bailiff Simon Puttock have been granted leave to go on pilgrimage. Together they travel across Europe to Santiago de Compostela. But danger is never far away, and when a beautiful girl is found murdered on a hillside, the friends are among the first on the scene.Baldwin and Simon lend their investigative skills to the inquiry, headed by the local pesquisidore. But the unexpected appearance of a face from Baldwin's past could threaten the investigation, as well as the future of Baldwin himself... What readers are saying about The Templar's Penance: 'Set in England and overseas, this is a great read from the master of medieval mystery. These books are really well researched and give you a taste of life in the middle ages - great read''It reads very well, the characters, the places and situations all hold one's interest''Five stars'

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The Mad Monk Of Gidleigh (Knights Templar Mysteries 14)

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Michael Jecks
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The Devil's Acolyte

Michael Jecks
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Michael Jecks
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A Moorland Hanging

Michael Jecks
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Michael Jecks

In fourteenth-century Devon, runaway villeins were brutally punished if apprehended by their masters. But when Peter Bruther flees the home of Sir William Beauscyr, he puts himself in the protection of the king by setting up as a tin miner on the moors. And the bailiff of Lydford, Simon Puttock, has to inform an irate Sir William that he has no legal claim on his wayward servant.When Bruther's body is found hanging from a tree, Simon, assisted by the former Knight Templar Sir Baldwin Furnshill, finds himself investigating cold-blooded murder. And there's no shortage of suspects, from Sir William himself, to his feuding sons, to Thomas Smyth, a wealthy tinner who runs a ruthlessly enforced protection racket funded by landowners. The pressure is on Simon and Baldwin to unravel the truth before further violence ensues.

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The Last Templar

Michael Jecks
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Michael Jecks

1314, Paris: Pope Clement has destroyed the Order of Knights Templar, wrongly persuaded of their corruption. Watching through a veil of tears as his friends die at the stake, a surviving knight swears vengeance on their accusers.1316, Devon: The newly appointed bailiff of Lydford Castle, Simon Puttock, is called to a village where a charred body has been found in a burned-out cottage. Unaccustomed to violence in this peaceful area, Simon assumes it's accidental death - but Sir Baldwin Furnshill, recently returned from abroad, quickly convinces him that the victim had been killed before the fire began. As Simon and the astute knight piece together the evidence, word comes of another murder, more horrible by far. Are the two incidents connected - and will the killers strike again?