The Alehouse Murders (Templar Knight Mystery Series #1)

The Alehouse Murders (Templar Knight Mystery Series #1)

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by Maureen Ash
     
 

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After years of captivity in the Holy Land, Templar Bascot de Marins escapes with injuries to his body and soul. Now on sojourn at Lincoln Castle, he hopes to regain his strength, and mend his waning faith-but not even the peace of God's countryside is safe from the mortal crimes of man...

When four victims are found slain in the town alehouse, Bascot discovers

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After years of captivity in the Holy Land, Templar Bascot de Marins escapes with injuries to his body and soul. Now on sojourn at Lincoln Castle, he hopes to regain his strength, and mend his waning faith-but not even the peace of God's countryside is safe from the mortal crimes of man...

When four victims are found slain in the town alehouse, Bascot discovers that what appears to be the grisly end to a drunken row is in fact a cunning and baffling case of murder. Bascot tracks his quarry from bawdy-house to baron's keep, once again risking his life for the justice of God's will.

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Publishers Weekly

Fans of quality historical mysteries will be delighted with this debut from Ash, the first in what will hopefully be a long-running series of Templar Knights whodunits. Bascot de Marins has returned to England from the Crusades wounded in body and spirit, but he finds a new mission when he takes leave from the order of Templar Knights to serve the Lady Nicolaa de la Haye, de facto ruler of the town of Lincoln. When four corpses are found in a local alehouse on the eve of a great festival, de Marins turns sleuth to identify the killer. One of the victims is believed to be the illegitimate son of a local nobleman, suggesting that the murderer's motive may be connected to a large inheritance, which ropes in a number of likely suspects and sets off an absorbing investigation. Though a clichéd denouement is something of a letdown, Ash's period detail and plotting are first-rate, superior to many other representatives of the rarified subgenre. (Sept.)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425217658
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/04/2007
Series:
Templar Knight Mystery Series, #1
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
390,644
Product dimensions:
4.30(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.82(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Maureen Ash was born in London, England, and has had a lifelong interest in British medieval history. She now lives on Vancouver Island in British Columbia.

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Alehouse Murders (Templar Knight Mystery Series #1) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
He felt the call to join the Templars and Bascat de Marins was overjoyed to be sent to the Holy Land to kill the Saracens and take Jerusalem for the Christians. His joy did not last long because he was captured by the enemy and became a slave and was tortured. He returned home after an eight-year-captivity minus an eye, a leg that limps and a loss of faith. He is sent by his order to Lincoln Castle to recover his health both physical and mental and hopefully return to the Templars with his faith restored.------------- He is given a private room in the castle where Nicolaa de la Haye is castellan and her husband Gerard Camville, King John¿s man is the sheriff. When two men and a woman are found dead in a local tavern, Nicolaa asks Bascot to investigate. At first glance it looks like the proprietor, a harlot and another young man were killed elsewhere and brought to the alehouse.. Bascot has information that leads him to realize that the woman was no harlot but the pregnant wife of the young man who was going to be named to a noble and that noble planned to put aside his spouse. The lord believes his wife and stepson killed Hugo and his pregnant wife to get rid of her and remain his heir but Bascat continues to investigate, wanting evidence not accusations.--------------- Readers will receive a historically accurate depiction of life in medieval Lincoln during the beginning of the reign of King John. This work will be read by fans of Sharon Kay Penman, Sharyn Newman and Roberta Gellis. The protagonist obtains sympathy from the audience because of his physical and mental pain and his lack of direction. In some ways an innocent, he proves he is a hero when he refuses to let fall guys be tried for a crime he doesn¿t believe they committed. Maureen Ash¿s series will be very popular if the future novels are the quality of THE ALEHOUSE MURDERS.----------- Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent read, great suspense!
LN_Adcox More than 1 year ago
FIRST OF THE TEMPLAR KNIGHT SERIES Historical mysteries, particularly medieval mysteries, have spawned into a strong sub-genre. I just discovered this one and it is a good representative with strong characters and a well constructed mystery to be solved. The characters we are most likely to continue to meet in subsequent books of this series are Bascot de Marins, the disillusioned Templar sleuth, Nicolaa de la Haye, to whom Bascot serves at least temporarily; Gerald Camville, Nicolaa’s husband and the blustering Sheriff of Lincoln town, England, and Gianni, Bascot’s mute young servant and ward. The mystery to be solved is associated with three murders (which quickly escalates) at an alehouse – who are the victims; how are a Jew, an apparent prostitute, and a young man linked; why were they murdered; and, of course, who murdered them? I solved the mystery but not until deep in the book. This book will appeal to fans of medieval mysteries to include fans of the mysteries of Sharon Penman and Ariana Franklin.
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While I won't say Ash's titles are bad, I could not say that they compare well with the series by Michael Jecks. His historical research is superior as well as his style of story telling. I have to mention this because I know of some who obtained Ash titles thinking it would be like Jecks titles and were disappointed. No offense to Ash, it's just that Jecks offers more historical (accurate) content as well as compelling stories.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The Alehouse Murders by Maureen Ash is a terrific tale of murder and destruction in a time period long since past. Truly a book you do not want to miss! Highly Recommended!