In this adventure, Baldwin and Simon are both off their games. Recently arrived home from pilgrimage both are having a hardtime adjusting but for different reasons. Simon is missing his family and the moors; his new job at the port is just not satisfying his soul's needs. Baldwin is suffering a malaise of the soul trying to reconcile his guilt with his love. Both are eager to set off for Exeter and the diversion of investigating a murder within the Cathedral Close. After Sir Roger de Gidleigh's tragic and untimely death, we get to meet the new coroner of Exeter and may be a little surprised by this familiar character's appointment. However, Simon and Baldwin manage to work well with him, but I doubt the friendly investigations conveyed with Sir Roger will continue.
The historical accuracy is excellent as always. Jeck has a passion for the law and the institutions of the period. Dealing with the politics of an ustable king and the uncertainty of individual's motives keeps the stories going and give us an insight into the tensions the "middle-class" had to deal with in order to maintain their heads. I got a little distracted with some of the storylines that were interwoven with the main plot, but understand the need to put characters together in the puzzle frame of the mystery.
All in all a good story with fantastic attention to historical details. Beware of your past it may come back to haunt you even when you think it is long behind you.
These are about monks and are good mysteries!
His usual great job of writing
Every time I read another one of Michael Jecks' medieval mysteries I tell myself I'm going to stop reading them. Then the current one engages my interest so much that I want to read another. They somehow seem to get more intriguing with each entry in the series...I'm now reading the eighteenth book in succession and have stockpiled several more to read in future. So beware...these books are definitely habit-forming!