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City of Fiends (Knights Templar #31)

4.19 of 5 stars 4.19  ·  rating details  ·  99 ratings  ·  15 reviews
The thrilling new novel from historical master, Michael Jecks.
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...more
ebook, 500 pages
Published June 7th 2012 by Simon & Schuster UK
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Manda Scott
I was busy signing copies of the latest paperback in an independent bookshop a week or three ago, when a woman came up and asked if I knew Michael Jecks. Happily, I could say that I did, which was just as well because the next 5 minutes were taken up singing his praises...
And well deserved it was. Mike Jecks has been described by no less an authority than Scotland on Sunday as 'A National Treasure'; rather like Andrew Taylor, another excellent writer who bridges the genres of crime and history,...more
Michael Jecks
Jan 27, 2012 Michael Jecks rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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For my latest title I've returned to Exeter with Simon and Baldwin. This was a terrible time for the Cathedral. Just as the King was forced from his throne, and the realm was thrown into turmoil, Bishop Walter was murdered in London. After a little while, Bishop James was brought to the See, but he suddenly died - and I have shown how.

But the story revolves around four families in a small lane in Exeter. One a rich merchant's family with pretensions to nobility, a widow with her two boys fighti...more
City of Fiends is the next chapter in the tale of Sir Baldwin and his friend Simon Puttock. Michael Jecks is a great author. England of 1327 is portrayed probably like it was. You see how the justice system of the times worked, how brutal it could be. Once more Baldwin and Simon are looking into murders. This time they are on their way home and are in Exeter. Not only are there two townspeople murdered but there is a murderous gang on the loose on their way to Exter. They has killed and robbed m...more
Tracy Enright
This is the 31st Knights Templar novel and is set in a time when Edward II has been deposed in favour of his son. Baldwin de Furnshill and Simon Puttock have been charged with guarding the old king but he escapes with the help of loyal supporters and they are left to take the urgent news to Exeter.

True to form they ride right into a crisis – a young servant has been murdered. Shortly after another woman is gruesomely slaughtered. At the centre of the plot is a dysfunctional family with dark secr...more
Sarah C
I enjoyed this book and thought it was a good story line, maybe too many characters all in one go which was confusing. The style was a bit simplistic for me but I'm used to classics. I would certainly read another book by Jecks if I was looking for an easy relaxed read that I wanted to have as an inbetweeny from something more serious. A fantastic book to take on holiday but you will need other reads as you would get through it very quickly.
I feel this is one of Mr. Jecks better efforts.

While as in the last few entries in the series, Mr. Jecks weaves both a local murder and one with serious political overtones, I feel in this entry he does a much better job of weaving the two together.

This novel is set in Exeter at the time right after Edward II's escape from Berkley Castle and incorporates the probable murder of the Bishop of Exeter, the successor to Bishop Stapleton who we came to know in many previous volumes, along with the mur...more
Steven McKay
I hadn't read one of Michael Jecks' books for a few years, but picked this up as I had greatly enjoyed his earlier ones. I wasn't disappointed - Michael has a great knack of describing a scene without ever being long winded. Everything is to-the-point and it makes for a story that flows along fluidly and entertainingly without ever feeling like a chore to read. It's the type of book you can pick up and put down at a whim, if you like, but you'll more often than not find yourself enjoying it so m...more
I'm a lover of Michael Jecks' mysteries from the beginning of the series. I've grown old with Sir Baldwin. Sometimes the politics of the times seemed to overshadow the mysteries, but always the characters shone through. City of Fiends brings us back to a time when political events move to the background, and the mysteries take precedence. As usual, the characters continue to grow, and the plot twists and turns keep you guessing until the last chapter. Just once I'd like to be able to say I figur...more
Lana Sims
As always, the historical research accuracy is superb. I did find that I had no doubts as to the murderer for a long time before the characters in the story, but the psychological detail about the various characters was such that the mystery was secondary to the story. I found myself delaying reading the next chapter because I didn't want the book to end. The next book in this series is a prequel, so I hope Jecks is not discontinuing the historical progression.
Great read, as ever. Good to have Baldwin and Simon back in Devon. Hugh seems to have been given a very back seat, hope for more of him in the future. Really enjoyed this, very complicated story, which kept me guessing until quite near the end.
Steve Smyth
Micheal Jecks never fails to provide a great whodonit mystery. The title is very appropriate for what unfolds!
I read it too fast! Another *keeper* and not for recycle.
This series starts slow, but the story is good.
This series consistently pleases.
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Michael Jecks is a best-selling writer of historical novels. The son of an Actuary, and the youngest of four brothers, he worked in the computer industry before becoming a novelist full time in 1994

He is the author of the internationally popular Templar series, perhaps the longest crime series written by a living author. Unusually, the series looks again at actual events and murders committed abou...more
More about Michael Jecks...
The Last Templar (Knights Templar, #1) The Merchant's Partner (Knights Templar, #2) A Moorland Hanging  (Knights Templar, #3) The Leper's Return (Knights Templar, #6) The Abbot's Gibbet (Knights Templar, #5)

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