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The Templar's Penance (Knights Templar #15)

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It is 1323, and Baldwin Furnshill and Bailiff Simon Puttock have been granted leave to go on pilgrimage, each seeking solace after the recent traumatic events in Gidleigh. Together, they travel across Europe to Santiago de Compostela in Spain, but danger is never far away. Foreign travel is perilous—outlaws and robbers threaten at all times, not to mention the risks of ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published December 1st 2003 by Headline (first published June 1st 2003)
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I'm wavering between giving this either a 3 star or a 4 star rating.

I'm new to the series and this is the 15th book of the series. Do I want to read more? Go back and start in order? Yes, I'd love to check few more books.

There is a lot of activity here, also a lot of brutal violence. However, the author does not linger over every terrible bloody detail. He is also a fine storyteller with a good knowledge of the medieval period.

Downside of this for me was, it was little too repetitive, both in d
Lynne Tull
Dec 01, 2016 Lynne Tull rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, medieval
I have just picked up this series again after many years. It is really hard to pick up the thread so I may have to go back and read the first one or two to refresh my memory. I started reading some other authors who write about the Medieval Period so I thought I would revisit Baldwin and Simon. They are both great characters and each played a major role in solving this mystery. There was a lot of repetition that seemed to be there to 'add to the page count'. I found myself skipping a lot towards ...more
Jul 10, 2008 Jerry rated it it was amazing
Shelves: murder-mystery
Jecks does it again. Had no clue to who was killing who until the very end. Every time I thought I knew who the real killer(s) was/were, they became another dead end (bad pun I know). His books are a good blend of Medieval history and twisting plots that keep folding back into each other. Give them a try. But it is best to start with the first book, The Last Templar, since everything feeds off the groundwork that is laid out in this story.
David Serxner
Mar 13, 2008 David Serxner rated it it was amazing
I get Michael Jeck's books sent to me from by my family in England, as I do not know if you can get them in the States. He does his research. The books are excellent--very well written. I like a good mystery, and these most certainly are!
Sep 24, 2011 Mirjam rated it really liked it
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The Templar's Penance is an engrossing medieval mystery with a fascinating view on pilgrimages. Michael Jecks wrote another fast-paced gem that leaves readers wanting to see more of the charming main characters, Sir Baldwin and Simon, and the Middle Ages.
Dec 16, 2010 Rachel rated it really liked it
The usual from Michael Jecks intelligent plot lots of mediaeval background Baldwin brooding over his templar past. Enjoyable if you like that sort of thing which I do.
Nancy Moffett
Mar 04, 2013 Nancy Moffett rated it liked it
Light reading. Amusing and pretty good for what it is. I enjoyed it and probably will read another of the series.
Deborah Pickstone
I could not gel with this one - and Jecks' female characters are even more 'off' than usual. Even Simon and Baldwin seemed out of synch - perhaps it was moving them out of their usual milieu?
Dec 12, 2014 R.A. rated it liked it
This is an interesting mystery set in an interesting time period. It reminded me of A Morbid Taste for Bones but on a larger international scale.
Jenny Pauley
Mar 15, 2011 Jenny Pauley rated it liked it
Another very enjoyable Jeck's book. Loved the scenery change and culture! Starting to wonder how it is that trouble seems to be around every corner for these two!
Jan 30, 2012 Nan rated it really liked it
Sir Balwin and Bailiff Simon Puttock head to southern Europe for a pilgrimage. Of course, it is not to be an easy or unadventurous journey.
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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
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