The Mad Monk of Gidleigh (Medieval West Country, Bk 14)
The Mad Monk of Gidleigh - Medieval West Country, Bk 14 Author:Michael Jecks Alone in his isolated, windswept chapel on the edge of Dartmoor, his only companions moor men and poverty–stricken serfs, who could blame the young priest, Mark for seeking affection from Jane, the local miller’s daughter? But when Jane’s body is found brutally stabbed, Mark is the obvious suspect—and the discovery ... more »that Jane was pregnant seems to confirm his guilt.
Called in to investigate, Sir Baldwin Furnshill and Simon Puttock soon begin to have their doubts. Could it not have been one of Jane’s many admirers who murdered her in a fit of jealousy? Or her father, the miller, who is acting in an increasingly disturbed manner? And what exactly is the local Baron trying to hide? In their search for the truth, Furnshill and Puttock unwittingly place themselves and their families in the greatest danger they have ever faced.« less
Human interactions are complicated, to say the least. In this medeival mystery Jecks yet again writes a whodunnit that challenges the reader without confrontation to explore what motivates us to actions we otherwise would not engage in. How strong and far reaching are the bonds of family and what is their value?