City of Fiends (Medieval West Country Series #31)

City of Fiends (Medieval West Country Series #31)

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by Michael Jecks
     
 

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It's 1327 and England is in turmoil. King Edward II has been removed from the throne and his son installed in his place. The old man's rule had proved a disaster for the realm and many hope that his removal may mean the return of peace to England's cities.

Keeper of the King's Peace Sir Baldwin de Furnshill and his friend Bailiff Simon Puttock had been tasked with

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Overview

It's 1327 and England is in turmoil. King Edward II has been removed from the throne and his son installed in his place. The old man's rule had proved a disaster for the realm and many hope that his removal may mean the return of peace to England's cities.

Keeper of the King's Peace Sir Baldwin de Furnshill and his friend Bailiff Simon Puttock had been tasked with guarding Edward II, but they have failed in their task and now ride fast to Exeter to inform the sheriff of the old king's escape.

In Exeter, the sheriff has problems of his own. Overnight the body of a young maid has been discovered, lying bloodied and abandoned in a dirty alleyway. The city's gates had been shut against the lawlessness outside, so the perpetrator must still lie within the sanctuary of the town.

When Baldwin de Furnshill arrives, along with Sir Richard de Welles, a companion of old, he is tasked with uncovering the truth behind this gruesome murder. But, in a city where every man hides a secret, his task will be far from easy…

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Set in 1327 England, Jecks’s 31st Knights Templar mystery (after 2011’s King’s Gold) is a textbook example of how to blend action and detection in a historical. Supporters of Edward II, who was forced to abdicate and then imprisoned at Berkeley Castle in Gloucestershire, are trying to free him. Meanwhile, as the historical record suggests, Bishop Berkeley, whose brother is the monarch’s jailer, dies under suspicious circumstances. Fear about an uncertain future means that “all over the kingdom people went about in a state of constant worry.” Against this tumultuous backdrop, the savage murder of a maid in Exeter comes to the attention of coroner Sir Richard de Welles and Sir Baldwin de Furnshill, Keeper of the King’s Peace. The complex truth behind the slaughter of the clergyman and the servant will satisfy readers as Jecks logically reconciles all the different plot elements by the end. (Dec.)
From the Publisher
"Anticipate intricate plotting in Jecks's latest entry in his action-packed medieval series. . . . Expect demand!"  —Library Journal on King's Gold

"Jecks once again captures the spirit of the period with another exciting visit to 14th-century England."  —Publishers Weekly on The Bishop Must Die

"Once again, Jecks seamlessly blends fact and fiction." —Publishers Weekly on The Oath

"A textbook example of how to blend action and detection in a historical."  —Publishers Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780857205216
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster UK
Publication date:
09/01/2012
Series:
Medieval West Country Series, #31
Pages:
464
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 6.30(h) x 1.50(d)

Meet the Author

Michael Jecks gave up a career in the computer industry to concentrate on writing and the study of medieval history. A regular speaker at library and literary events, he is a past Chairman of the Crime Writers' Association. He lives with his wife, children and dogs in northern Dartmoor.

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City of Fiends 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have copied from my earlier UK review of the same title -- "As usual, I won't write a *synopsis* as the publisher already has. Fellow readers want to know if someone liked the book and if it is worth trying. I could not wait until "City of Fiends" was available to me so paid the post fees to obtain it early. It was worth the extra cost! I confess that I was concerned about how aging main characters would hold up. I was, however, glad to see that they held up quite well and hopefully will do so in the future. I believe it was about six years ago that I found my first title in the series and was prompted to hunt down the earlier titles in the series not to mention other Jecks titles. Consequently, I have them all. Jecks is a remarkable author both in terms of historical research efforts and in the ability to create plausible and good stories inside of the historical framework used. He is truly remarkable on both counts and I admire his vigor and talent. I believe he holds himself to high standards of writing. At least, that is what I perceive. I will not criticize how he handles some characters as all characters have a bit of good as well as bad in them. Sometimes, the scale tips more one way than the other. That being said, I can't wait until the next Jecks title in or out of this series! Addendum: I purchased the hardcover edition as it is worth saving!" With only a short time go now for US release, I wanted to share my opinion with fellow Barnes & Noble readers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is available from Amazon for the Kindle....from Simon and Schuster as an e-book... why isn't it available from Barnes & Noble for the Nook?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago