The Knights Templar Collection Book Review Author Michael Jecks
Amazon describes the book:
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?
My Own Thoughts On This Book::
I bought this trilogy on an impulse as they were based in my home county of Devon. Sadly that was the only thing I found interesting in these books.
I started to read the first book and found the characters hard to establish in my mind and the plot long and drawn out. I decided to continue on to the second book in the hope it would improve. Once again I was disappointed and kept going onto the third and this again was long winded and almost rambling in its nature.
Can I recommend them to you? Well they were on offer when I bought them for my Kindle at £1.99 for the three so I can hardly say I was robbed. No even thou they were cheap I would not buy them again.
About The Author:
I am the author of a series of crime books set in medieval England. So far, I’ve 32 titles published in the Templar series, the first two of a Hundred Years War trilogy, and two more on the blocks ready to print.
I’m an experienced writer, presenter, judge and competition manager. In an age where only the very top authors have even a budget for marketing, I’m also a bit of an entrepreneur and gradually learning marketing and publicity. Well, if no one else will do it . . .
A few years ago I was Chairman of the Crime Writers’ Association, and I am a member of the Detection Club. I’ve founded Medieval Murderers and Bloody Brits as performance groups, and helped found the Historical Writers’ Association. In between, I’ve criss-crossed America signing books, from Anchorage to Houston and New York. In 2014 I was the Grand Master of the first parade in the New Orleans Mardi Gras, as well as the International Guest of Honour at the Bloody Words Convention in Toronto. Oh, and I’ve helped design a fountain pen with the wonderful Conway Stewart company.
For me, historical books should read as easily as any modern thriller. That is what I am looking to provide: action, excitement, and a rest away from modern life and modern problems. But accuracy is key as well. I don’t want to mislead. So you may find aspects of my books that irritate, annoy, or make you downright angry. If I do – sorry. But it’s how life was, and how people were.
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