A Medieval West County Mystery. (fourteenth century Devon is the place & time of the mystery.) The story takes place in the village of Wefford. Sir Baldwin Furnshill, keeper of the king's peace & Simon Puttock, bailiff of Lydford Castle find a body, & as they search for the killer, another body is found. They persevere until the true murderer is found.
Michael Jecks writes well researched medieval mysteries. This one was great for me, I love both historical fiction and mysteries!
Not as good as some in this series but good if you like historic mysteries
The Merchant's Partner by Michael Jecks is the 2nd book in his "The Knights Templar" series. Set in the Medieval West Country of England, it follows the local bailiff Simon Puttock and Sir Baldwin Furnshill, Keeper of the King's Peace, as they attempt to solve the murder of a local midwife, widely believed to be a witch.
Jeck's historial setting is dead on, and the story is much more engaging than the first book in the series (The Last Templar). If you enjoy historical fiction you will like this book, but as a murder mystery goes, it's relatively cut and dried.
Literary Quality: 7/10
The year is 1324 in village of Elford, Devon England when a mutilated body is found. Sir Baldwin Furnshill & baliff of Lyford, Simon Puttock search for the killer, beneath layers of jealousy, suspicion and hatred to find the truth, and the murdrer.